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August 28, 2016 / 24 Av, 5776

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A Message from a Soldier in Israel

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

My son Naff, a combat engineer in the ‪‎IDF‬, just wrote this and sent it to me, on the occasion of ‪‎Yom HaShoah‬ – Holocaust Remembrance Day:

Today is a day where we remember. A day where we look back on one of the darkest periods of our history. A day that, as I get older and understand more and more, is not just about mourning what we lost, for me today is about looking back on the horrors of the past to remember where we were and at the same time look at how far we’ve come.

We have risen from the ashes of a broken world and we didn’t fix it. Fixing it wasn’t good enough – we created a new one, a better one, one where I can serve, for the first time in two thousand years, in a Jewish army, and commit myself to the sentence that everyone uses today “never again”.

If I could go back in time and visit my great-great-grandfather in the camps and tell him “Sabba, I’m your great-great-grandson and I live in the land of Israel, but not only do I live in the land but I also voted last year for a Jewish government and on top of that I serve in the first Jewish army in two thousand years.” What would he say? Would he believe me? Probably not, that’s why I see today as a day to measure how far we’ve come as a nation to show the world you can kick me down but I will get up over and over again.

Have a meaningful day, people, and I want to thank all the people who don’t just use the words “never again” one day a year to post to Facebook because it’s what’s done. I want to thank the people who stand behind those words every day even when it gets hard. It’s because of people like that that we’ve gotten this far.

 עם ישראל חי

{Written by Naff’s mother, HaDassah Sabo Milner, shared by blog site, A Soldier’s Mother}

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Soldier Jailed after Cocking his Gun at Arabs

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

A soldier from the Netzakh Yehuda Haredi battalion was sentenced to 17 days in military jail for cocking his weapon at a group of Arabs in the old city of Jerusalem, while on his way to the Western Wall last Shabbat. According to Israeli media, the soldier and two friends ran into two Arab youths who looked suspicious, and reported them to a Border Guard officer near Damascus Gate. A little later, they were confronted by a group of Arab youths, one of whom cursed them. The soldier, who felt threatened, cocked his weapon, as one of the Arabs was yelling, “You come over here, I’ll break your face.” The soldier reported that incident as well to Border Guard police, who, in response, detained him and called in Military Police investigators. The MPs drove the soldier, on Shabbat, despite his being religious, to an IDF base for interrogation. He was eventually convicted on illegal use of his IDF issued gun.

David Israel

Family of Hebron Soldier Visits Him on Base

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

On Friday, the soldier who shot and killed the terrorist in Hebron was released from jail to the Nachshonim army base, where he awaits the results of the ongoing investigation into his actions.

The soldier’s family visited him on the base and stayed for 4 hours, showing him their support and love.

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IDF Soldier Knifed in Hebron Attack, Terrorist Dead [video]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

A Border Guard Police officer was wounded and an Arab attacker shot on Thursday morning in a terror attack near the Route 60 junction connecting Kiryat Arba with the ancient city of Hebron.

The 23-year-old Arab terrorist knifed the officer in the head and upper body, according to Magen David Adom.

The officer immediately pushed his attacker away despite his condition, even as the terrorist continued to try to stab him over and over again, according to police.

A nearby Border Guard Police officer shot the terrorist, who was mortally wounded and died shortly after.

The victim remained conscious while receiving emergency medical treatment from an IDF medic at the scene before being evacuated to a Jerusalem medical center.

The Gaza-based Hamas terror organization has secured a stronghold in Hebron within the past several years.

Hana Levi Julian

ZAKA Rescued Body of Abandoned Jewish Soldier Who Died for Ukraine

Friday, March 6th, 2015

It took five weeks, a break in the battle and special permission from the Ukrainian army, but poor Yevgeni Yatsina was finally rescued by his Jewish brethren.

At least his body was, thanks to a faithful friend who just wouldn’t give up, and ZAKA, the organization that is there when nothing else can be done.

Yatsina was a Jewish solider killed five weeks earlier, in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government. His friend hadn’t heard from him and started to wonder why.

A week ago on Wednesday, volunteers from the ZAKA emergency first response organization (some of whom came from Israel) rushed to the area to begin a search when permission was received to enter the military zone.

Until that point, Yatsina’s body remained on the battlefield. Rescue and recovery personnel had been forbidden to retrieve his remains.

Last Friday – at last – Yatsina was taken from the battle zone, ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav told media.

For quite a while, no one even knew the soldier was dead. His friend was really the first to figure it out; it was he who asked ZAKA Sharon regional commander Israel Godlevski to try and track him down.

“There is a ZAKA unit in Ukraine,” said Meshi-Zahav. “We tried to turn to the Ukrainian army and get initial information about [his] fate…

“At first they didn’t even admit that he is dead. Then they said he was killed in battle and that his body was left lying there.”

For two weeks ZAKA sought permission to remove the soldier’s body but were denied permission on the grounds he was in a battle zone. They were told “no one can even approach the area” at that point.

Jewish law does not permit any Jew to endanger his life or that of another for the sake of burying the dead. But eventually the Ukraine army finally allowed ZAKA to enter the area under its protection, and when there was some calm in the area.

“The entire operation took place at night in complete darkness, with constant exchanges of fire between the sides in the background,” Meshi-Zahav said. “We tried to locate the body in the darkness according to information we received from the army. After searching for about an hour and a half, it was found.

“At first we weren’t certain that it was him, as it was impossible to carry out basic identification on the ground. Only after moving several hundred meters away from the area, we were able to confirm that this was the Jewish soldier we were looking for,” he added.

ZAKA commander in Ukraine Rabbi Yosef Asman, is the son of Ukraine Chief Rabbi Moshe Asman and is in constant communication with the military. Although he personally was ready to give up more than once, Asman said Meshi-Zahav’s persistence won out, ensuring “the respectable and emotional ending when we gave late soldier Yevgeni Yatsina a Jewish burial.”

Last Friday, Yatsina was laid to rest in a Jewish cemetery in Kiev. May his soul find the peace he sought in life, and his memory be for a blessing.

Hana Levi Julian

UNIFIL Confirms ‘Rocket Fired From Lebanon First, Israel Retaliated’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that rockets were fired first from Lebanon, provoking Israel into a defensive attack.

“At the moment we are still looking into the causes of the event,” Andrea Tenenti, UNIFIL spokesman in Lebanon, told The Spain Report by telephone. “What I can say is that today there were rockets launched from Lebanon into Israel, and the Israeli forces began retaliatory fire. Major General Portolano (UNIFIL commander) was immediately in contact with both parties to prevent further escalation.”

Spanish Army Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, was killed during the clash while on patrol for UNIFIL. The corporal, who was born in Andalusia, was married and assigned to a mechanized infantry regiment after enlisting in 2004. His unit has participated in UNIFIL in southern Lebanon since November 2014. The soldier’s position when he was killed was not released.

“We are not certain who fired the shots that killed him; that needs to be investigated,” said a spokesperson for the Spanish Ministry of Defense.

“We have troops positioned all along the Blue Line,” Tenenti added. “We are verifying the circumstances of this tragic incident.”

Spanish military sources reportedly told El Pais that it was an IDF mortar round that killed the UNIFIL soldier.

Hana Levi Julian

Female IDF Veteran Goes to Help Kurdish Fighters

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A female veteran of the Israel Defense Forces who immigrated to Israel from Canada is on her way to join Kurdish fighters training in an Iraqi camp on the border with Syria.

The 31-year-old woman did not identify herself in her conversation with Israel Radio, other than to say she contacted Kurdish fighters via the Internet and decided to help.

“They are our brothers. They are good people,” she told the interviewer. “They love life, a lot like us, really.”

Many Kurdish fighters – especially in the northern Syrian city of Kobani – are women. This IDF veteran told Israel Radio she felt she could contribute to the Kurdish effort. But she did not provide any details other than to say she planned to travel to the combat zones in northern Syria.

Israel bans its citizens from traveling to enemy nations, including Syria and Iraq. However, Israel has maintained quiet ties with the Kurds since the 1960s; the unique ethnic population stands apart as a group of its own in four countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

If and when the traveling military “consultant” returns to Israel from helping the Kurds, it is not yet clear what will happen to her.

Hana Levi Julian

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