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May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
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Fearful Way Home

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Shots were fired at four Israeli vehicles in Route 465, in the Benjamin Regional Council, on Wednesday evening, January 14. Although no injuries or casualties were sustained, the shooting is an uncommon event that could signify the deterioration of the already fragile sense of security, for the residents of Israeli communities in the Benjamin Regional Council.

Tazpit News Agency spoke to Yechiel Kapach, the secretary of the Neve Tzuf (Halamish) community located in the Samaria hills.

“A terror attack that includes shooting is very rare, while stone-throwing terror attacks are much more common. They occur on a daily basis,” Kapach told Tazpit.

“The number of attacks depends on the general political situation in the country. When tension rises we see more terror attacks and when tension goes down we see less.”

Terror attacks include stone-throwing, shooting incidents, firework directed at people and cars as well as usage of Molotov cocktails. Tazpit News Agency reports that during December 2014 there were 27 stone-throwing incidents on the 465 route alone.

The 465 route is used by Israelis and Palestinians alike. It starts in the Benjamin Regional Council and crosses the green-line at the Rantis Checkpoint. Kapach told Tazpit News Agency that “the second you cross the Rantis Check point, it’s the wild wild west.”

“There is a real problem of sovereignty and enforcement of the Israeli law. We feel the lack of sovereignty in civil issues such as driving or illegal building for example, and it projects onto security issues,” he pointed out.

Kapach also added that Neve-Tzuf’s inhabitants felt so disappointed by the IDF’s inability to control security related incidents, that they started their own civil guard.

“I hope Israel can strengthen its sovereignty and enforce Israeli law so that real security will prevail.”

Latest Charlie Hebdo Issue Sold Out in Minutes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

People were lining up around the block in France to get their copy of the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine.

12 people were killed in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices.

The magazine printed 3 million copies. Their normal print run in 60,000.

The proceeds from this week’s edition will go to the families of those killed in the Islamic terror attack.

Suddenly Everyone Wants French Jews!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Israel is doing its part to let French Jews know they can and should come home to Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has said so explicitly, and this evening Building and Construction Minister Ariel said he would expand the settlements to absorb all the French Olim (immigrants) as he believes the Jews of France will want to live there.

France, on the other hand, is terrified of what a mass exodus of its Jews would do and mean for the country, both financially and morally.

The Prime Minister of France called on the France’s Jews this evening to not leave the country because of the terror attacks, according to Galei Tzahal.

The French Prime Minister said, “We in the midst of a war with radical Islam and are still under threat. We must stand vigilant.”

Heartwarming Show of Solidarity During French Victims’ Funerals

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

By Yotam Rozenwald

Thousands of Israelis showed their solidarity and sympathy at the funerals of the four victims killed by a terrorist attack on the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher in Paris.

The victims were buried on Tuesday, January 13 at noon in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. All the victims were Jewish; Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Phillipe Barham and Francois-Michel Saada.

 

Although the victims were French citizens, their families asked the Israeli authorities for permission to bury their bodies in Israel. Israel’s government agreed, and made the necessary arrangements.

The funerals were attended by many Israeli public figures, as well as key figures from the French Jewish community, numbered at 500,000 strong. Speeches were made by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of opposition Isaac Herzog and French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu talked about his visit to Paris the previous day during his speech at the funerals. “Yesterday, I returned from Paris, where I participated in the anti-terror march alongside leaders from all over the world. I think that the majority of them understand, or at least starting to understand, that radical Islam is a real threat to world peace”.The Israeli prime minister also added that Islamic terror is not just a Jewish or Israeli problem but a problem for all humanity. “It is time all people of all cultures unite, and eject these elements among us.”

 

President Rivlin addressed French minister, Royal, saying: “European leaders must obligate themselves to act in an effective manner; they must obligate themselves and act with a firm hand, so that Jewish people in Europe can feel safe again, whether in Toulouse, Paris, Brussels or Burgos.”

French Minister, Royal commented that “I want to give my condolences on behalf of the French Republic, which shares your grief…the victims were murdered for being Jewish, which is outrageous.”
“Anti-Semitism has no place in France and that is the message carried by the millions of French people who marched on Sunday.” Royal, announced in her eulogy that the four victims will receive a posthumous French honor, “Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur ” (Legion of Honor), which is the highest decorative honor bestowed in France.

El Al Flying French Jewish Victims to Israel for Burial

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The bodies of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada are being transported to Israel by El Al for their funeral.

El Al will be flying then in tomorrow, along with their families. They will arrive in Israel on Tuesday morning.

Yoav Hattab, 21, is the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis.

PM Netanyahu and President Hollande at Grand Synagogue of Paris Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Following the Paris anti-terror march, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President François Hollande went to the Synagogue de Paris (Grand Synagogue of Paris) for a memorial ceremony. Minister Naftali was sitting behind them.

Hollande is wearing a Kipa for the ceremony.

Some people are saying that the French haven’t shown this much respect to the Jews and Israel in decades.

Israeli Opera Refuses to Honor Paris Victims; Conductor Strikes

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The Israeli Opera refused to commemorate the victims of a terrorist attack in France on Friday, leading French-Israel conductor Frederic Chaslin to pull out of a planned performance, Haaretz reports.

On Friday, a terrorist murdered four Jews in a kosher butcher shop in Paris, and held several others hostage. Police ultimately shot and killed the terrorist and freed the hostages.

Chaslin asked the Israeli Opera to play the Israeli anthem, Hatikva, before a performance Saturday of La Rondine. He also asked to speak briefly in memory of the victims of Friday’s attack.

According to Chaslin, the opera’s management refused his request, arguing that it would violate opera policy and ruin the mood for viewers.

Chaslin was upset by the answer. “What policy? Where am I? Is Israel not the country that declares itself to be a refuge for persecuted Jews?” he wrote in response.

The Israeli Opera defended its policy in a statement to Haaretz. The opera has always stuck to its normal schedule “even in the painful days when there were dozens of terrorist attacks, even during wartime,” the statement said. “This is the opera’s way of not letting terrorism win and disrupt our routine.”

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