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Memorial for Terror Victim Danny Gonen Defaced by Arab Graffiti

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Only three weeks after a memorial site for 25-year-old terror victim Danny Gonen was unveiled at the site of his murder, bloody-red painted Arabic words were sprayed all over the shining plaque and dawn-colored stone memorial, Channel 10 reported Sunday (Sept. 10).

The name “Fatah” – the ruling faction of the Palestinian Authority – both led by long-time chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who also leads the Palestine Liberation Organization, is scrawled in big dripping Arabic letters.

Fierce horizontal red lines cross out the black Hebrew engraving on the silver plaque that honors Gonen. Police have opened an investigation into the vandalism that defaced the memorial that stands to remind those passing by that although the spot seems tranquil and serene, Palestinian Arab terrorists have ensured it is not always so.

Danny Gonen was shot to death there on June 19 while returning from a hike with his friend Netanel Hadad, with whom he had just finished swimming in the Ein Buvin spring. The beautiful body of water is located in a mountainous area between the Jewish community of Dolev and the Palestinian Arab village of Dair Ibzi.

Driving back toward the main road, Gonen and Hadad were flagged down by an Arab who seemed to be asking for help. When the two stopped their car, the man asked, “Is there water in the spring?” – and then shot them at point-blank range.

Gonen was shot in the upper body and was transferred, unconscious and critically wounded, to Tel Hashomer Medical Center by IDF helicopter where he was pronounced dead. His friend was moderately wounded.

An electrical engineering student at Bar-Ilan University, Gonen was the eldest of five siblings who grew up in Lod and attended the hesder yeshiva in Ma’aleh Adumim. After his father’s death several years ago, he took on responsibility for his younger siblings, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained in a statement. His sister Rotem said that Danny, as the eldest, was a father figure to his younger siblings after their father had passed away.

A Hamas-linked group called the “Marwan Qawasme and Amer Abu Aisha Squad,” named for the two terrorists who savagely murdered three Israeli yeshiva teens last summer, claimed responsibility for the attack.

One of the terrorists – Mohammed Abu Shahin, a Fatah member from Qalandiya, confessed to murdering Gonen. Four other terrorists from the village were also arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting Abu Shahin in the murder, as well as participating in other attacks.

May Danny Gonen be avenged.

Hana Levi Julian

Father of Terror Victim Issues Public Plea: ‘Pray For My Son’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The father of one of the four young men who were shot in a drive-by road terror attack late Monday night near Shvut Rachel in the Binyamin region has asked the public to pray for his son.

The father of Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who is listed in critical condition, has asked those who are willing to pray for his son “with a full heart.”

He told reporters Monday night at the hospital, “We are aware that your prayers have power. Please pray for my son with a full heart, so the Holy One, Blessed Be He, will save him and send him a complete recovery. We are confident that He will send him the strength to fight and that the doctors will perform as they should. We trust them; they are great angels, like our son. Thank you and thank all of Am Yisrael.”

The family has already lost the boy’s older brother, who once was an air force pilot. He died in 2002 during a hike in Nachal Tzeilim.

For prayers, the names of the victims follow:

  • Malachi ben Sarah (critical condition)
  • Chananya ben Sarah
  • Shai ben Nili
  • Yair ben Shoshana

Two of the men, ages 34 and 26, are at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Both are stabilized and are in fair condition with moderate wounds. The other two are at Shaare Zedek Medical Center (earlier reports they were transported to Sheba Medical Center were erroneous), including Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who remains in critical condition. All four are residents of Kochav HaShachar, another Jewish community in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

The men were on their way home from the community of Eli, traveling northbound on the Alon Road, when Palestinian Authority Arabs opened fire at their vehicle, peppering it with bullets.

In a separate incident, the female soldier who was stabbed Monday by a Palestinian Authority terrorist at the Rachel’s Tomb checkpoint has awakened, is breathing independently and is able to communicate with her family and the hospital staff, medical officials told media Tuesday morning.

Hana Levi Julian

36 Bereaved Girls Treated to Bat Mitzvah Celebration in Jerusalem

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Jewish welfare organization Colel Chabad this week hosted a Bat Mitzvah celebration  in Jerusalem for 36 girls who have lost a parent.

Most of the parents died from illness or terror attacks, and one Bat Mitzvah girl’s father was the first Israel Defense Forces casualty during last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas.

“Family milestones can be much more stressful and difficult, both financially and emotionally, without a parent,” said Rabbi Amram Blau, director of Colel Chabad’s bar and bat mitzvah program for bereaved youths, known as Chesed Menachem Mendel. “It’s heartwarming to see the joy on the faces of these young women and their families in reaching this momentous occasion.”

“The world gains strength from you young women,” said Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi, a popular Torah scholar who spoke at the bat mitzvah event.

“When we see your beautiful smiling faces, glowing from this special celebration, and we know all the hardships you have been through, we can’t help but feel that we must smile and be happy as well,” she added.

 

JNS News Service

Koby Mandell and Using His Memory to Help Others

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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13 year old Koby Mandell and his friend Yosef Ishran were brutally murdered in the Judean Hills by terrorists while on a nature hike. To get the full story, Yishai is joined Rabbi Seth Mandell, father of Koby. Listen in as the two discuss the attack and how the murder prompted the family to start a foundation in Koby’s name dedicated to providing therapeutic healing sessions to those that have lost a mother, father, sister, brother, or child to a terror attack. Be sure to listen in to this touching story!

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Moshe Herman

The Invisible Israelis

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

In The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, the protagonist transforms into that state through experimentation yielding a successful potion. Israelis don’t need scientific genius to become invisible, though. Just be related to a terror victim.

My last post on the latest planned terrorist releases cited Frimet Roth, whose daughter Malki Hy”d was one of fifteen people murdered in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in 2001. Mrs. Roth recently wrote concerning the planned releases:

“Since our daughter Malki was murdered in a Hamas attack on a Jerusalem restaurant in August 2001, the Israeli justice system has acted as if, in the literal sense of these words, we did not exist…In fact throughout these past 12 years, at no stage have we ever been told anything relevant about the murderers of our child or their fates before we read about it in the news.”

This is no aberration.

“We didn’t even get a phone call,” Avi Bromberg commented about the possible “goodwill gesture” release of Karim Younis and Maher Younis, who murdered his father in 1980. “The government’s conduct is a disgrace.”

Writing in May about the release of Jamal Tirawi—who in 2002 dispatched a suicide bomber that murdered Rachel Tcherkhi Hy”d and wounded thirty others—Meir Indor from the Almagor Terror Victims Association noted:

“The victims of his crime were not even notified of his appeal… Where was IDF Central Command head General Nitzan Alon when all this happened? Part of his job is to approve rulings by the military courts under his command. Why didn’t he, or else the chief of staff, suspend the ruling so that the terrorists’ victims could file their own appeal and petition the Supreme Court to annul the ruling?”

Likewise consider the case of Shehada Awad Shehada Shatat, who witnessed the murder of Asher and baby Yonatan Palmer Hy”d in 2011 and then robbed Asher’s corpse. Shatat received a sentence of just ten months, which was not disclosed to Asher’s father and others according to the following report from last year:

“…the military advocate-general had not informed him [Michael Palmer] that the [sentencing] hearing was taking place. The Palmer family’s legal representative, former military court judge attorney Adrian Agassi, discovered that Shatat had been sentenced only two months later. Michael Palmer said the chief prosecutor for Judea and Samaria had told the family that he did not know about the trial.”

This is Israel today.

In the sport of powerlifting, the squat is the first of three lifts done in competition. The squat requires the athlete to descend with a weighted barbell until the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees, then stand back up. All of the upper-body strength in the world does no good in the squat if a lifter’s legs are broken. And as the great powerlifter Scott Smith comments about the squat’s significance in the documentary Power Unlimited, “You can’t call yourself a powerlifter if you don’t squat. It’s the bread-and-butter lift of powerlifting.”

Israel in 2013 has plenty of “upper-body” strength: scientific innovation, entrepreneurial achievement, luxury high rises near beaches, and more. But the foundation of a society, the legs, is justice.

And Israel’s legs are broken.

Menachem Ben-Mordechai

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