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‘Freedom March’ Spells Pre-Shabbat Nightmare for Gush Etzion Jews

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A group called Combatants for Peace, in cooperation with the “Standing Together” initiative (not this Standing Together, but a different group which is occupying the same name), plans to gather hundreds of Jews and Arabs to “demonstrate together at the Freedom March on Friday, September 2, at 1:30 PM, by the tunnel checkpoint” in Gush Etzion, to protest Israeli administrative detentions without trial and in solidarity with hunger strikers (suspected terrorists and affiliates).

The Freedom March will begin at the Battir village roundabout adjacent to Route 60, and proceed to the tunnel checkpoint “separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem”.

Their press release wasn’t accurate, as the tunnel checkpoint separates Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, whereas Bethlehem is separated from Jerusalem at the checkpoint on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem at the turnoff to Rachel’s Tomb.

The section of Route 60 known as the Tunnel Road, built by Israel, is a stretch of a little under 1.5 miles, the road crosses the Refa’im range and the Beit Gilo range in two tunnels, one 300 yards, the other 1,000 yards, connected with a large bridge over the Gilo River valley.

Israel began building the bridge and tunnels in 1992 and the stretch was inaugurated on September 2, 1996. There’s a 20 year anniversary coming up in a few days.

It is now the main highway that connects Jerusalem and western Gush Etzion, and was built, in part, to relieve the pressure from the old, scenic Walleja road which wasn’t designed for the volume of traffic that exists in Gush Etzion, and as one of the bypass roads that were built after the Oslo accords were signed.

The unique stretch of this tunnel road allows a few dozen (the organizers will never attract hundreds) protesters to block traffic travelling between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion on Erev Shabbat, as they did back in July, when a group of “former” Arab terrorists and their leftwing Israeli enablers held a protest and for a short time blocked Highway 60, holding up signs saying “The wall is violent,” which, by the way, the year 2006 called and wanted back.

The problem is that these protests are done with approval from the IDF, and so, as long as the protesters are not using violence and stay on the side of the road (which they obviously didn’t do last time) no one cares. But when they block the road, motorists are forced to stay in their cars in an ever burgeoning traffic jam, and wait for someone in authority to come open up the highway.

With Shabbat candle lighting time starting to drop below 7 PM, in a few weeks such protests could pose an enormous inconvenience for hundreds, if not thousands of local residents and visitors.

JewishPress.com inquired with the organizers via email if they invited participants from Judea and Samaria who have protested against administrative detentions and restraining orders against Jews. They responded that “anyone who supports human rights and an end to the occupation is more than welcome.”

So much for cooperation and intersectionality between the downtrodden.

So, if you live in Gush Etzion and plan a trip to Jerusalem Friday — maybe you should stay home and clean up before Shabbat.

David Israel

Lone Soldier Menachem Mendel Gordon is Overwhelmed After his Mother is Flown to Israel for his Paratrooper Graduation Ceremony [video]

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Grab your tissues.

Mindi Levine Gordon hasn’t seen her son Menachem Mendel Gordon in 18 months, so Standing Together 24/7 IDF flew her in to be there as her Lone Soldier graduates and earns his red Paratroopers beret following a 60 kilometer march at 4 AM this morning!

(The videos are on Facebook, so they may take a moment to load.)

Part I – The March into Jerusalem

Get the tissues ready!We (Standing Together 24/7 IDF) heard there was a mother who hasn't seen her son (Lone Soldier) in over a year, so we decided to surprise them and flew mommy in to unite them! Got up at 4 am to accompany her son's unit as they finish their last kilometer of their final March. Best feeling in the world!Watch the second part and the actual meeting between mom and son here https://www.facebook.com/AriFuld/videos/vb.796250540/10156609794400541/?type=2&theaterPosted by Ari Fuld on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 

 

Part II – Lone IDF Soldier Menachem Mendel Gordon Meets His Mother For the First Time in 18 Months Following His 60 Kilometer Masa Kumtah

I cannot even begin to describe the high that I'm on right now!Mindi Levine Gordon hasn't seen her son in 18 months, so Standing Together 24/7 IDF flew her in to be there as her Lone Soldier graduates and earns his red beret! I caught their initial meeting and WOW!#AmYisraelChaiPosted by Ari Fuld on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Videos by Ari Fuld.

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Standing Together at the Gush Etzion Junction

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Click here for the Standing Together website.

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Wait Till You See Why These IDF Soldiers Are Smiling [video]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Here at Standing Together we have one goal and one goal only; Support IDF soldiers wherever they are and with whatever they need.

IDF soldiers are giving their lives to protect the Land of Israel and we strongly believe that if they are putting themselves on the line, we certainly can help them out with warm winter gear and support.

Over the past two weeks the Standing Together trailer has reached thousands of IDF soldiers, some of which are stationed no where near a base, and offered them everything from a hot cup of fresh coffee to operational winter gear packs that were sponsored by people like yourself. stogether3

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will stop typing and let the pictures do all the talking. I have been on the receiving end of the equation as Standing Together has supplied my Paratroopers unit with gear, but as I listened to the combat medic below, I can say without a doubt that giving to others is so much more satisfying.

Here are some of the pictures from the past couple of weeks as we delivered thousands of winter gear packs to soldiers from every IDF unit possible.

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Volunteers delivering waterproof jackets right before the storm

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Trying On The Standing Together Winter Gear

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The Storm Covered Everything In White. The Tanks Did Not Need Jackets

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Getting Good Use Out Of The Standing Together Winter Gear packs

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IDF Paratroopers Taking A Selfie With The Standing Together Winter Gear That Was Donated by People Around The World

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Showing Off The Standing Together Winter Swag, IDF Style

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Saying Thank You To IDF Soldiers, Best Feeling In The World

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Trying On The New Standing Together Winter Gear

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Sending Them Off With Their Standing Together Winter Gear

We have given out gear to thousands of IDF soldiers but have been getting calls from many units who have specifically asked for winter gear as they are on duty in the freezing north of Israel.

We have over 2,000 soldiers that we still need to get to and we need your support.

A winter gear pack cost only $100 and a unit is usually 120-140 soldiers.

You can sponsor a single soldier or a complete unit but every donation helps us keep these guys warm.

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Support The IDF Wherever They Are With Whatever They Need!

 

Ari Fuld

Standing Together Donation Update

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Standing Together and JewishPress.com are raising money to help get needed supplies to the IDF soldiers in the field who are actively searching for the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel.

So far $2500 has been collected, and Standing Together has been busy delivering clean underwear, socks, toiletries, ices and cold drinks to soldiers out in the fields.

The soldiers are sending a big shout out to everyone who has donated, and for letting them know you care.

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Please keep the donations coming.

Thank you.

Stephen Leavitt

Standing Together Donation Update

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Thanks to you, Standing Together, in partnership with JewishPress.com, has raised over $1800 for the IDF soldiers involved in the search for the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel.

These soldiers spend their days and nights searching, and most don’t get the opportunity to go home, do a laundry, or even take a shower.

Standing Together has met with over 2000 soldiers, distributing cold drinks, as well as 500 clean undergarments, and 1000 pairs of socks to the soldiers living out in the field.

You can still help. The soldiers are still out in the fields, living in uncomfortable conditions, as the search continues for the kidnapped boys.

Please visit the Standing Together site and show your support with a donation for our IDF soldiers as they continue their relentless search for the kidnapped boys.

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Thank you.

Stephen Leavitt

American Volunteers to Fire Up BBQ’s for 3000 IDF Soldiers

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A bunch of loving American Jews are planning to make sure that IDF soldiers who have to remain on active duty on their bases do not miss out on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebrations this year, like the hordes of Israelis who head for the national parks, beaches and any empty piece of land to hold their annual BBQ.

In 2012, 400 volunteers affiliated with Standing Together, International Young Israel Movement (IYIM) – Israel Region, and National Council of Young Israel (NCYI), visited 16 of bases, with some 3000 soldiers, and brought them Yom Ha’atzmaut cheer, BBQ grills and an abundance of food.

How much food? 6000 hot dogs, 3000 hamburgers, stockpiles of pita bread, mountains of different salads, whole bottling plants of soft drinks and a lake of humus and ketchup. Or so it seemed.

When the group arrived in Ofer base, near the prison where Arab security inmates often stage their hunger strikes (talk about psychological warfare!), the place looked like a ghost town, report the BBQ organizers in a recent press release. The soldiers were resting up from a night filled with patrols and guard duty, and so the volunteers quietly and efficiently set up the grills, laid out tables, started cooking up a major storm – and the young folks in olive green came to investigate, first one by one and then in droves.

“Every year this program grows as many people here tell their friends what a meaningful experience they had last year,” said Miriam Gottlieb of Standing Together. “So we have repeat volunteers and new volunteers – what doesn’t change is how wide the smiles are on the soldiers faces when they see us!”

“Hey, who deserves the BBQ more then them?” asked Daniel Meyer, Executive-Director of IYIM.

This year, the organizers are expecting 500 volunteers who will be visiting bases throughout Israel, where friendships will be sealed with a good burger.

Yori Yanover

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/american-volunteers-to-fire-up-bbqs-for-3000-idf-soldiers/2013/04/12/

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