R’ Asher Weiss has dedicated his life to continuing the quest started by his holy father and the Klausenberger Rebbe. As they survived the fires of Auschwitz, to rise up and rebuild Torah after the war, so too is R’ Asher Weiss creating a new army of Torah leaders.
Today Jews around the world have the opportunity to join with him to continue this holy work.
Dozens of wet suits intended for the Hamas Navy SEALS were captured on Monday by the crossing authority at the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza, before they entered the Hamas controlled territory, the Crossing Authority at the Defense Ministry reported.
The suits were hidden in a shipment of sports clothing and equipment. The wet suits were confiscated and an investigation to locate the perpetrators has been launched.
One of the smuggled wet suits / Courtesy Crossing Authority, Defense Ministry
In the past Hamas has introduced its Navy SEALS unit, and during the 2014 war a few divers from this force were able to penetrate into Israeli territory at the Zikim beach just north of the Gaza border, but were identified immediately by IDF watchers and were eliminated.
In 2014 Hamas revealed its Navy SEALS special operations force in a video paying tribute to one of the unit’s fallen commanders.
The makers of a Gaza TV candid camera show in honor of the month of Ramadan were wondering how would rank and file Gazans respond if they realized that there are a couple of Israelis standing and walking in their midst. The concept was funny enough, and the two actors, Chouikh and Abu Zubaydah, depicting the hapless Zionists were equipped with a visual aid, just in case their subjects didn’t get the idea from their mix of broken English and Arabic — they each had an unmistakable, blue and white Israeli flag printed on their shirts. And so, with the hidden camera rolling, the two brave actors showed up in different parts of Gaza City, in front of a variety of astonished local men of all ages.
The funniest reactions were those of irate Gazans who grabbed the provocative Israeli before them and started beating him up, and the canned laughter loved those scenes. Some of the violent responses immediately followed the appearance of the blue Star and David between two parallel lines; others emerged following an exchange with the actors, in a clothing store, on a soccer field, on the street in front of a warehouse. Each time, the actor under attack, occasionally under a mob attack, would start yelling, “It’s a hidden camera” and urged the crew members to save his life.
But there were less violent, and more introspective reactions, too, when the subject would enter a lengthy argument with the two actors over their proposal that he become Israeli, for instance, because Israel is a mighty superpower. Unaware of being on camera, several subjects stood up to declare their fealty to their nation and their faith, expressing their anger at the provocation.
In one exchange, early on, one of the actors tries to speak Hebrew to a subject, who is older and therefore versatile in the language. What develops is a strange dialogue between a faux Israeli who can barely finish a sentence in Hebrew, and a Gazan who speaks fluent Hebrew. The actor asks, “Ma shlomekh,” how are you, except in the wrong declension, using the female form. His subject forgives the mistake, answering, “Barukh Hashem,” as many Israelis would.
Despite the obvious rage many in the video, especially the younger ones, unleash at the mere sight of an Israeli avatars, it is clear that Israel, Israelis and their own identity in relation to the Jewish State are central to the culture and the communal psyche in Gaza. The fact that the video makers manage to treat the tension over the subject matter with humor, albeit lowbrow humor, suggests there may be more under the shallow surface of hatred and denunciations, including a longing for a time when the sound of Hebrew in the streets also represented prosperity, more personal safety and probably more humor.
It’s a hidden camera, I’m telling you. Hidden camera!
It’s a hidden camera, I’m telling you. Hidden camera!
At least 50% of the world population suffer from overweight and obesity, compared with the situation in the 1980s, when only 10% of the population was obese, according to worldwide management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. If the rate of weight gain remains as it is today, close to half the people on planet Earth will be obese by the year 2030. Israel’s figures are relatively good compared with the rest of the OECD countries, but still, according to the Israeli Health Ministry, 1.7 million Israelis, or 25% of adults and 14% of children, are obese, and out of those 700 thousand are considered pre-diabetic, and 500 thousand already suffer from type 2 diabetes. Also, adding those who are overweight (BMI of 25 and up) to the 25% who are obese, shows that almost half the population in Israel is overweight.
To illustrate, according to The Marker, in one of the meetings of the commission to promote a healthy diet, Health Ministry director-general Moshe Bar Siman Tov said ironically, “We fail to understand how come 50% of the population are not overweight, considering the current consumer culture.”
The Health Ministry has recently launched a campaign against the consumption of soda drinks, which are a kind of statewide plague. A survey conducted in local schools has shown that Israeli children are at the top of the world average in their daily consumption of sweetened drinks. The world average for consuming sweet drinks is 25% of girls and 32% of boys. The average in the US is 30% among girls and 37% among boys.
In Israel the average is 41% for girls, 45% for boys — while for Israeli Arab children it is even higher, as 51% of Arab children ages 11 to 15 consume a sweet drink at least once a day.
It is well-known today that an overweight child will likely suffer from obesity in adulthood. In Israel every fifth first grader (20%) is overweight, and by the seventh grade 30% — one in three children — are overweight.
Among Arab children the situation is even worse, with close to 40% of Arab seventh graders suffering from overweight.
In Israel, some 70% of the food being consumed is processed, which is why Israeli children and teens consume 12 grams of sodium daily, easily double the recommended amount.
Diabetes in Israel harms the weaker population strata, most notably the Arabs. The rate of diabetes among the poor is three times higher compared with middle and upper class Israelis. An estimated 25.5% of Israeli poor are diabetic, compared with 7.1% Israeli middle and upper class. The rate of the rise of diabetes among the poor in Israel is swift and alarming, jumping in 12 years from 7.8% in 2002 to 25.5% in 2014.
According to the Health Ministry, the cost of obesity is estimated at $1.55 billion annually, with a third of the cost coming from direct care for obese patients and two-thirds from indirect losses, such as reduced earning ability, sick days and nursing care. Israel’s largest HMO, Maccabi Health Services, has submitted to the Health Ministry data suggesting it spends on diabetic patients 53% more than it does on the average insured member.
Israeli Health Ministry’s anti-soda drinking campaign
Mass murderer Omar Mateen, 29, who killed 50 people and wounded 53 people in the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fl., called 911 just before he started the shooting, to pledge his allegiance to the ISIS Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, NBC News reported. Mateen also reminded the 911 operator of the Tsarnaev brothers from the Boston Marathon bombing, according to CBS News.
California congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN: “What I’ve heard from the Department of Homeland Security this morning is that, according to local police, he made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS.” Schiff also said the shooting was “highly indicative of an ISIL-inspired attack,” and that the shooter “was heard praying in a foreign language and I don’t know if this was at some point during the course of the shooting but that’s what I’m hearing, obviously second-hand, coming ultimately from local police.”
According to media reports citing the FBI, the gunman, the son of Afghan parents, opened fire on the dance floor of the Pulse night club early Sunday morning. At least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured in the shooting. According to President Obama, who delivered a 10-minute message around 2 PM EDT, this was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. According to a surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Center who spoke to the media, the death toll will likely be higher. The FBI is investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism, and the agency is looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
As of Sunday afternoon, ISIS has yet to claim credit for the attack, and the FBI suspects it was probably ISIS-inspired, like the San Bernardino shooting, and not ISIS-planned, like the attacks in Europe.
Channel 9 news in Orlando last April broadcast a video uncovered by a group called The United West, of Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, who in 2013 spoke at the Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, FL, calling for the death of all homosexuals in the spirit of the tenets of the Shariah Islamiyya, or Islamic Law. He said, “Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence… We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”
Next week, at the international defense and security industry trade show Eurosatory, Elbit will unveil IronVision, the first Helmet Mounted Display (HMS) designed for the crews of armored vehicles. IronVision is a 360-degree panoramic situational awareness system, part of Elbit’s See-Through Armor (STA) architecture, that enables tank and infantry crewmen to “see-through” their vehicle’s armor in real-time, creating a clear and complete visualization of the battlefield, even when the hatches are down.
IronVision’s 360-degree, high-resolution imagery is projected in full color and zero latency to the wearer’s visor, offering a bright and vivid display of the surroundings in both day and night and all types of weather.
The new HMS is based on the proven sensors and system architecture that is already integrated with thousands of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft systems that are already in use by most modern air forces worldwide. IronVision incorporates advanced See-Through Armor (STA) technology that lets the wearers obtain full, real-time, Situational Awareness (SA) and locate, identify and track enemy targets.
Through its user-friendly interface, IronVision leverages the digital infrastructure of the vehicle by seamlessly integrating STA technology with existing C4I and warning systems, which creates a powerful cognitive simplifier for the commander, enabling him to make complex situation-dependent decisions in split seconds, and also leads to more freedom and fewer distractions for the driver.