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August 4, 2015 / 19 Av, 5775
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Palestinian Authority Teenage Girl Stabs Soldier in Samaria

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority teenage female terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier at in Samaria Wednesday afternoon.

Magen David Adom medics treated the soldier at the scene for injuries in the upper part of his body.

Soldiers arrested the terrorist, a 15-year-old girl, who approached an IDF post near the community of Nachliel and stabbed him in his back.

Late Night in the IDF Reserves…in the Rolling Hills of the Shomron.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

After a late night meeting for IDF Reserves duty planning, I drove a senior IDF commander back to our home base last night.

Driving through the winding roads in a valley… we saw a car stopped ahead of us, just around the bend, in the pitch black darkness of the night.

“Slow Down and turn on your strobe lights,” said my passenger and commander, as we both readied our weapons. The officer had his gun out the window pointed at the vehicle.

I pulled up alongside the vehicle with PA plates, as my strobe lights illuminated the suspicious car. 

My passenger asked the driver why he was stopped on the road in the middle of the night.

The Arab driver replied sheepishly that the car was out of gas…and help was on its way.

We asked him why he didn’t check the gas gauge on his car….and he replied that it was his brother’s car and he didn’t notice it when he left the house.

“You didn’t notice because you were fasting for Ramadan?” The officer asked.

The driver nodded…turning slightly red from embarrassment.

“Listen….do yourself a favor. Get out of your car….put up a reflective warning triangle…wear a reflective vest…just make sure you are visible so no one slams into you…,” the officer told him.

The driver complied immediately.

As we drove off, I yelled out and wished him a “Ramadan Kareem” as he stared incredulously at the two of us.

We drove back to the base….the rest of the ride was uneventful.

Ya’alon Removes Police Siege of Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Shomron

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has withdrawn Border Police from the Ode Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the community of Yitzhar in northern Samaria after a one-year siege of the institution that has been accused of inciting “price tag’ actions against Arabs.

Ya’alon initially shut down the yeshiva last summer, but despite the screaming headlines that the government had “defeated” the youth, the closure was during the three-week period after the Fast of the 10th of Av when yeshivas go on vacation.

He allowed the yeshiva to re-open, under Border Police guard, the day after all yeshivas re-opened their doors again on the beginning of the month of Elul, one month before Rosh Hashanah.

After a year’s opportunity for the Border Police to learn some Torah and return to repentance, the Defense Minister decided earlier this week not to extend the order that placed Border Police in the Yeshiva study hall.

One the one hand, the security forces now are denied a chance to learn Torah.

On the other hand, the yeshiva stated:

We are happy that the defense establishment climbed down the tree, but it is a pity that the Defense Minister has not apologized for the unprecedented theft of the yeshiva and desecration of more than year.

We wish him and all of those involved in this criminal act to repent. The continued harassment of the yeshivas, including budget cuts, is an attempt to gag us but will not succeed.

The Yitzhar yeshiva added it intends sue the government for damage caused by Border Police the past year.

IDF Foils Terrorists Attacks near Jewish Community in Samaria

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Israeli soldiers overpowered two Palestinian Authority terrorists who tried to stab them to death Sunday night near the community of Yakir in northeastern Samaria.

Soldiers disabled one of the terrorists and later caught the second man after he escaped.

The terrorists are being questioned, and it is not yet known if they were acting on their own or were linked to a terrorist cell.

Jews in Judea and Samaria increasingly have been subject to random terrorist attacks at any place and at any time, ranging from rock throwing and firebomb attacks to stabbings and occasional use of firearms.

A Palestinian Authority teenager tried to stab a soldier on Sunday at the checkpoint near the tunnel on Highway 60 that connects Gush Etzion with Jerusalem.

In Hebron, soldiers at least once a week find knives on Arabs trying to enter the Patriarchs; Cave (Ma’arat HaMachpela). Last week, soldiers killed one terrorist who stabbed a Border Police office in the neck. He suffered moderate injuries.

In Gaza, Israeli soldiers early Monday morning caught an infiltrator at the security fence, and he is being questioned by investigators.

BREAKING: 11 Shots Fired at Car in Samaria

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority terrorist fired 11 bullets at a civilian vehicle near Avnei Hafetz in Samaria shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was wounded, and the car sustained light damage.

Soldiers are searching for the terrorist or gang behind the attack.

Immanuel: G-d is With Us!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Life for Israel is definitely heating up of late: The northern boundary with Lebanon is suddenly the “hot” border which is to say that we are getting along about as well with Hezbollah as we are with President Obama, and the election season is increasing in intensity with voting fewer than 4 weeks away.

Political campaigns bring not only promises but criticism and condemnations of the competition and of the “other” in society as well. It is sadly ironic that in Israel when the real enemy lurks just beyond every border and sits in the Knesset under a unifying Arab bloc, groups within the country still find fault with other Jews. Divides amongst the population are sharply delineated and discussed during campaigns: Left-Right; Arab-Jew; Religious-Secular; Hareidi-Religious Zionist; Settler-Non-Settler. Seemingly, each party represents merely a microcosm of the country generally in direct competition with another group.

Of this demographic breadth, amazingly the group in which I had the fewest acquaintances was the Hareidim. I mentioned this to a good buddy of mine, Elie Pieprz, Director of External Affairs for the Yesha Council, and he told me not far from where he lives in the Shomron is the only Hareidi community in the Shomron, a community that almost single-handedly dispels the preconceived negative stereotypes of Hareidi Jews held by many Israelis. This community has both large and small industry, a top-notch furniture maker with prices the best prices around, and even some Hareidi soldiers. Intrigued, I asked the name-Immanuel-and decided to learn more about the community. So I spoke with Rabbi Moshe Zinger, the Chief Executive Officer of Friends of Immanuel, an organization dedicated to getting the word out about his beloved community.

Immanuel is located in the Shomron region of “YESHA,” an acronym representing 3 areas: ‘YE-huda,’ ‘SH-omron’ and ‘A-za’ (Gaza). Despite the Israeli government’s shameful retreat from Aza in 2005, the ‘A’ remains. YESHA is a ridge of land retaken by Israel in the miraculous 6-Day War, stretching from the southern Hebron Hills to the northern Shomron. YESHA is where most of the Tanakh occurred and is an integral part of our historic identity as Jews.

Most of the communities of YESHA, are “Religious-Zionist,” with several exceptions of mixed or non-religious settlements. Fewer still are the “Hareidi” communities, most notably Beitar, in Judea, Modiin Ilit in the Binyamin region, and Immanuel, located in the Shomron. Immanuel sits on the seam of land separating the territories given to the tribes of Efraim and Menashe, located in a natural and rustically beautiful area of the rugged Shomron hills under an hour’s drive from each of Israel’s celebrated Hareidi centers, Bnei Brak and Jerusalem.

Immanuel is a town of approximately 3500 Hareidi Jews, covering the spectrum of the Hareidi world: various sects of Hassidim (Slonim being the largest); a minority of Litvish; and a good balance between Sephardi and Ashkenazi. The community was founded and incorporated in the early 1980s and intended to be an alternative to the densely populated Hareidi enclaves throughout Jerusalem and of Bnei Brak, without sacrificing the intensity or quality of Torah existence. Immanuel, set in the beautiful Shomron countryside, offered the one thing neither Jerusalem nor Bnei Brak could: space. The intention was to attract young couples who could not afford housing in established Hareidi areas and provide them with attractive, large apartments for their growing families without sacrificing or compromising commitment to Torah and mitzvot. The Slonimer Rebbe (z”l) was so impressed by the community he encouraged his followers to move there, which they did.

Soon after the beginning of the Second Intifada, Immanuel was devastated by 2 horrific terror attacks on buses occurring just outside Immanuel’s gates. Relative to its size, no community in Israel suffered more at the hands of terror during the Intifada than Immanuel. As a result, many residents left Immanuel. But due to the Slonimer Rebbe’s belief and confidence in Immanuel its values, and quality of life, he encouraged his followers to remain there. Immanuel not only survives, it thrives. Recently, more than 120 families moved into Immanuel continuing the trend of a sharply increasing population and a sharper increase in housing values resulting in a growing number of kollels and shuls; schools for every age; a breadth of shiurim; and any and every facility needed for a vibrant Torah life.

There is another, unique, component to life in Immanuel beyond its dynamic Torah existence. Through the efforts and initiative of Friends of Immanuel and its engaging CEO, Rabbi Moshe Zinger, several respected professional training centers opened, offering training in electrical engineering, computers, accounting, and architecture preparing residents who wish to enter the professional world to have the skills to do so. Numerous cottage industries (i.e. sheitlach), the previously mentioned furniture maker, and a thriving Judaica and Silverworks factory provide employment and commerce for much of Immanuel.

Though Immanuel is unique in the region as the only Hareidi settlement in the Shomron, its neighboring communities greatly value its presence assisting and benefiting from its proximity. Immanuel shares and contributes to the very fabric of the existence of the Jews of the area. Its singularity is not based on an insular approach to life but rather the desire to interact with neighboring communities and to be a partner in life in Israel. Examples: A Slonimer Hassid from Immanuel travels daily to give a Daf Yomi shiur at my friend’s knitted-kippah community and the men in the shiur are devoted talmidim to him; several young men in Immanuel serve as members of the Israel Defense Force and while enlistment is not encouraged in Immanuel, the community is supportive of their decision. Even the Slonimer Rebbe gave psak that soldiers may wear their uniforms in Immanuel’s Beis Medrash when on duty; the community is built around an uncompromising dedication to Torah but attempt to “fund” their Torah learning through the training and jobs mentioned above.

So what have I learned about Immanuel? Most notably, it is a community which defies stereotyping. It is a Hareidi/Hassidic community which in many ways resembles my Religious Zionist community: 3500 or so people, parents working, trying to support themselves and their families; nestled in the beautiful countryside of YESHA; learning and living Torah; some men serving in the army. Bottom line: Though their clothes and kipot may be different than in my community the values and love of Torah are the same. Isn’t that what ultimately matters?

Despite the travails of its past, everyone who knows anything about Immanuel is optimistic about its future. The reason is simple; the name Immanuel says it all: “G-d is with us.”

‘Settlers’ Committee Launches Idiotic Anti-EU Video [video]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

A home-grown committee in Samaria (Shomron) has launched a new video that describes the European Union and leftist Jews as anti-Zionists but is in such poor taste that it is an embarrassment to “settlers” and Jews anywhere in the world.

The content is accurate, but the medium is the message, and this one flunks.

The video, as seen below, shows a negative caricature of a European leader reading a newspaper with a design similar to the left-wing Haaretz and giving money to leftist Jews in return for dispatching propaganda against the IDF. When the European leader finally has achieved his aim, he tells the Jew to get lost, and the video then shows him being hanged.

The caricatures in the clip include suggestive references to Nazi Germany and a comparison of Haaretz with the former Nazi newspaper.

The clip concludes with a clear message comparing the European Union to Nazis, and it states, “The Europeans perhaps appear to use today as being different, but you appear to them the same as before.”
Haaretz’ Hebrew edition reported a reply to the clip from the Shomron committee chairman Benny Katzover, who explained:

In the past several years, there has been increasing support by groups and foreign governments for extreme left-wing groups in Israel. The objective of the groups is to ruin the lives of Jews in Israel, especially those in Judea and Samaria, with funding of millions of Euros.
The objective of the video clip is to make it clear that at best, leftist organizations in Israel like idiots on behalf of modern anti-Semites, and at worst, act to destroy Israel as the national home of the Jewish People.

Katzover is absolutely correct, but the video is in such poor taste that settlers should be embarrassed. It is a continuation of tactics of old-guard leaders in Judea and Samaria who justify all means to justify their campaign, no matter how much their childish stunts damage the image of all settlers and those who support them.
Haaretz challenged Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), to repudiate the clip.

Here is the video. Judge for yourself.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/settlers-committee-launches-idiotic-anti-eu-video-video/2015/02/15/

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