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Funerals for Paris Terror Victims in Jerusalem at Noon Tuesday

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Funerals will be held in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood at noon on Tuesday for the four Jews murdered in the terrorist attack on a kosher deli in Paris last Friday.

The burials will take place at the Har HaMenukhot cemetery, with the attendance of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin among other government officials, Knesset Members and rabbis.

Terror Victim Heckles Netanyahu at Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A victim of Arab terror disrupted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at today’s Memorial Day service at Mount Herzl.

Rami Cohen was stabbed by an Arab in 2000, during the early stages of the Oslo War (second “intifada”). Today, he wants answers about the release of hundreds of murderers in order to cajole the PLO to negotiate with Israel over the past nine months.

“How could you release the killers of our children?” Cohen shouted at the prime minister.

Netanyahu did not address the fact that the prisoner releases failed to appease Palestinian Authority leader Abu Mazen, and failed to secure any Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish country. But the prime minister appeared unfazed by the interruption, and said he’d expected to be challenged about the prisoner release.

“The decision we made was a tough one, one that stands in contrast to the values of justice,” Netanyahu said. “The tough reality of this region has forced Israeli governments for decades to make decisions like this one that are too tough to bear.

“(But) I viewed it as my responsibility as the prime minister of Israel to stand here to day together with you, on Yom HaZikaron with our fallen loved ones. I salute you and wish you a speedy recovery. May the memories of all terror victims be blessed forever,” Netanyahu said.

Iran Owes Terror Victims Billions of Dollars, Says Activist Lawyer

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

An Israeli lawyer who has won billions of dollars for relatives of terror victims has asked Obama administration officials why they are discussing letting Iran off the hook on sanctions while it owes American relatives colossal sums of money.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who heads the Israel Law Center, has won billions of dollars for relatives of terror victims in lawsuits against the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organization as well as banks and other agencies that aid terrorists or act as a pipeline for funds for them.

She wrote Under Secretary Wendy Sherman last month, “Iran must not be allowed under any circumstances to avoid making payment of reparations and due compensations to the families of those whose lives they have destroyed through terrorism…and through the terror organizations it supports: Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.”

In a blog posted this past week on The Hill website based in Washington, Darshan-Leitner noted that Sherman did not respond, and she added, “As a result of lawsuits taken by American victims of terror in U.S. courts, the Iranian regime currently owes billions of dollars from decades of terrorist activity resulting in dozens of victims and severed families. This debt has yet to be recognized or paid by the Iranian government with no sign of an intention to do so.”

She called on Congress to ensure that the U.S. government is working to keep the interests of the terror victims’ families on the table.

Darshan-Leitner pointed out that when George W. Bush was President, he conditioned repealing of any sanctions against Libya on payment of reparations to the victims of Libyan terror. “This move resulted in the payment of $1.5 billion dollars to the victims’ families,” she wrote.

On the other hand, Bush also removed North Korea from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in 2008, without compensation being paid to American families, she added.

“We fear this lack of response not only portends a potential Iranian exemption from paying reparations and giving due compensation to families affected by terror in return for normalization of relations, but that it also signals a softening of Sherman’s position on the proliferation of terrorist activity and most significantly, creates difficult implications for the United States’ reputation as a pillar of justice in the war on terror,” according to Darshan-Leitner.

Her blog continued, “As lawyers for American, Canadian and Israeli victims of Iranian terror, we call on Congress to take action and place a check on Under Secretary Sherman in this current round of negotiations… We call on all members of Congress to ensure that victims of terror are not forgotten and to help make the Iranian regime provide the proper reparations and due compensation for the innocent lives taken at the hands of terrorist activities and not to gain a free pass in the name of diplomatic maneuverings.”

Rally of 3,000 at Protests Release of Terrorists

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Approximately 3,000 protesters, including Jewish Home party Knesset Members, protested at the Ofer prison near Jerusalem Monday night, where 26 terrorists will be freed during the night.

Their “human chain” has no chance of stopping the release of terrorists, but the demonstrators hope their presence may add enough angry sentiment among Israelis to stop the next release in the four-step program to free 104 terrorists so that the United States can stage and produce the “peace talks” charades.

The Jewish Home party cast aside coalition politics and took a strong ideological stand against Monday night’s release of terrorists.

Party MKs Uri Ariel, who is Minister of Housing, Ayelet Shaked and Shuli Moalem ignored Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s criticism of the Jewish Home’s opposition to the government decision to play along with  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The Shamgar Committee recommended against releasing prisoners. Why doesn’t the government adopt the report? Releasing prisoners isn’t according to Jewish values,” said Ariel, a veteran MK who consistently has been more honest in backing up his beliefs than have been many previous national religious legislators.

Gila Molcho, sister of Ian Feinberg who was murdered by terrorists in Gaza before the 2005 expulsion, said, “My brother believed justice lies with people, but a great wrong has been done here. His first murderer was released in the course of the Shalit deal, his second murderer was released on the first batch and the third will be released tomorrow.

“We’re not a goodwill gesture, we’re the people of Israel. The Prime Minister must wake up – we’re giving a horrible message here.”

Another relative of a victim of terrorists stated, “My country betrayed me. My brother’s blood was spilled for nothing.”

Introducing New Human Rights Organization: ASHREI

Monday, October 28th, 2013

ASHREI-ME (Middle East) is a new organization/website I am creating to highlight human rights issues in the Middle East that get ignored by other human rights NGOs.

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Started up with no money and no paid workers, ASHREI seeks to shine a light on:

  • Palestinians who want citizenship in Arab countries
  • Terror victims who don’t want to see murderers freed
  • Jews who want to freely visit and worship at their holiest spots
  • Arab women and others who want to be protected from “family honor” crimes
  • Peace-loving Arabs who are being bullied into silence
  • Arabs and Jews who want to work together on common interests without fear
  • Arab and Muslim antisemitism

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​In addition, ASHREI exposes the bias of other human rights organizations who concentrate disproportionate effort and resources to demonize Israel while downplaying or ignoring HR issues in its neighbors.

Time permitting, I will be adding more material on these themes, both from here and from other researchers who have not found an outlet or an audience for their work.

I don’t know where this will go or if it will gain any traction. But some topics covered here are too important to let them be forgotten as new posts replace the old ones. I hope to make ASHREI a repository and resource for solid, reliable information on these critical issues.

It is frustrating to see the entire concept of human rights get hijacked by organizations who can’t distinguish between real human rights issues and their political viewpoints. Everyone deserves human rights. ASHREI seeks to help, in a small way, highlight the human rights of those who are ignored by the existing NGO community.

Browse ASHREI-ME today!

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US TV Stars Meet Terror Victims, Dexter’s CS Lee Says Israel Inspiring

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The first visit of C.S. Lee – popularly known as Vince Masuka from the American TV show Dexter – to Israel, was an inspiring one for the Korean-American actor.  In an exclusive interview, Lee told Tazpit News Agency that there were many moving points during the trip to the Holy Land. “The visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial was particularly special,” recalled Lee during his last evening in the country.

Lee was part of a contingent of acclaimed prime-time TV and movie stars led by award-winning actress Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth), her husband Howard Deutch, music director and producer, their two actress daughters, Zoey (Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) and Madelyn Deutch. Vivian Bang (Sullivan & Son), Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) and Malik Yoba (Revolution) were also part of the trip, which had been organized by America’s Voices in Israel (AVI), directed by Irwin Katsof.

“There was something very different about visiting the Holocaust museum here in Israel than in the US,” said Lee. “At the museum in DC, the tragedy seemed a lot more distant, whereas in Israel, it felt a lot more close and personal.”

The Hollywood stars with Israeli terror victims in Jerusalem. Photo Credit: OneFamily Fund

The Hollywood stars with Israeli terror victims in Jerusalem. Photo Credit: OneFamily Fund

In addition to touring Jerusalem and Yad Vashem, the actors and actresses also visited the Golan Heights and Tel Aviv and met with notable Israeli personalities including hi-tech and business luminaries.

“Israel isn’t the war-torn, camel-riding country that we sometimes think of in the US – I never imagined for example that there could be a city like Tel Aviv,” Lee told Tazpit News Agency. “I feel very comfortable here,” he added.

On the last night of their visit, the Hollywood group met with Israeli victims of terror attacks. The encounter meant a great deal to the young Israeli victims, and was arranged through OneFamily Fund, the Israeli national organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of terror attack victims and their families.

Rebecca Fuhrman, who was injured in a terror attack next to the Jerusalem Convention Center in March 2011, told the stars that as a victim of terror, she lives with the fear of being forgotten.

“It gave us a tremendous amount of strength knowing that American celebrities wanted to spend time with us, to hear our stories on their last night in Israel,” Fuhrman told the group.

“It was important for us to interact with Israelis personally and hear their experiences,” said Lee.

Lee said that he was surprised by how many people actually recognized him in Israel. “I knew that Dexter was a popular show outside the US, but I never realized how popular it was in Israel. I think more people recognized me here than in America.”

L’Chaim 5K Young Israel Run/Walk for Israel Raises $65,000

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The 5K Run/Walk for Israel, begun in 2001 by the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates Coalition for Israel Action, drew more than 300 runners and 700 participants last week and raised more than $65,000 for a 12-year total of over $800,000.

The 5K event began during the beginning of the first Arab Intifada, and the committee’s goals continue to be to raise consciousness and funds to help Israeli terror victims.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lchaim-5k-young-israel-runwalk-for-israel-raises-65000/2013/06/04/

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