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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

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Pres. Rivlin Urges Israeli Arabs to Enlist for National Service

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin urged the Arab citizens of Israel on Sunday to enlist for National Service, a civilian arm that recruits young adults for a year or more service to the country, instead of doing military service.

Many of Israel’s observant Jewish girls volunteer for National Service, and according to director-general Sar-Shalom Jerbi, some 4,500 Israeli Arab citizens are also participating in the program.

National Service volunteers are found in nearly every agency, school, and hospital throughout the country. They act as tutors, counselors, mentors and assistants in any place they are needed. During times of high tension in particular, their presence is especially important.

There are precious few volunteers that speak Arabic fluently, who can provide qualified assistance in schools and clinics in the Israeli Arab sector; an increase in National Service volunteers for this sector would be invaluable.

But Rivlin would like to see those numbers increase, and this weekend urged the country’s Israeli Arab population to allow its young high school graduates to sign up, despite political disagreements.

The president said at a ceremony in the presidential residence in Jerusalem held to recognize outstanding national service volunteers, “We are one society, and we all live in one country; we are mutually responsible for one another.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel is also responsible for the program. At the ceremony he underlined the importance of those serving in National Service, saying their contribution is no less than that of the soldiers serving in the IDF and other security forces.

Those who serve in National Service are deemed eligible for most of the benefits granted to veterans of the military upon completion of their service.

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Committee Discovers Significant Drop in Immigrant Youth Crime

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The past 15 years have seen a significant decline in crime committed by immigrant youth – from 23% of all minors involved in crime in 2001, to only 6% in 2013, this according to a study commissioned by the Yedidim social services organization. These figures were revealed during Monday’s meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, and Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) stressed that “in light of the success of the organization’s ‘A Second Chance (Sikuim)’ program, the Education, Welfare, Immigrant Absorption and Public Security ministries must significantly increase their support for the program, mainly because rehabilitation and prevention save the state hundreds of thousands of shekels.”

Neguise noted that some 30% of imprisoned immigrant teenagers are of Ethiopian descent. Many of them have been to prison before, he said.

Yedidim’s website describes the second chance program as “a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Immigrant Integration, the police, the Ministry of Welfare, local municipalities and Yedidim designed to offer [immigrant juvenile delinquents] an opportunity for a fresh start and a clean slate.”

Yedidim Executive Director Shimon Siani said the program is aimed at “saving children and their families from a general deterioration.”

Professor David Leiser of Ben-Gurion University, who conducted the study, noted that for every shekel the state invests in preventing delinquency or rehabilitating a juvenile delinquent, it will save 5-10 shekels in the future by avoiding the delinquent’s imprisonment, compensating those hurt by the delinquent, etc.

Adva Meltzer, a social worker in charge of the program, spoke about the rehabilitation of 620 youths with the help of 400 tutors who are in charge of re-integrating the youths in the community. The tutors volunteer and assist weaker communities, provide life-skills and accompany parents, with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

Ilan Shemesh, manager of the National Youth Advancement department in the Ministry of Education, also praised the program, its success and the student-tutor guidance. However, he said his office grants only a modest amount of funds for the program. This is not the case in the instances of imprisoned youth, youth villages and rehab villages, in which the office invests hundreds of millions of shekels, and as a result many of the youths enrolled there complete their education and are entitled to a high school matriculation exam certificate.

According to Sarah Cohen, head of the Welfare Services Department at the Absorption Ministry, the program began as an initiative of the government, which manages it. She explained that Yedidim was chosen as an operational organization, and “does so successfully and with dedication.” She noted that the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee assisted in funding the program in other cities.

JNi.Media

Im Tirtzu Youth Remembering Slain Rabbi Miki Mark

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

The Youth Division of the Israeli Im Tirtzu Zionist movement last Thursday held its first annual conference to wrap up a year of Zionist activity and to commemorate Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark who was murdered several weeks ago in a terrorist attack.

Rabbi Mark’s daughter, Orit, an active member of Im Tirtzu’s Youth Division, participated in the conference.

The conference was held at the Uri Zvi Greenberg House in Jerusalem, and was dedicated to the contributions of Rabbi Mark to the Jewish people. The conference also recapped a year’s worth of the achievements of the Youth Division, which is comprised of dozens of pre-army youths. Among the speakers was Im Tirtzu founder Dr. Ronen Shoval.

Orit Mark said that holding the conference in memory of her father specifically at this time was very touching, and that she hopes his memory will continue to have a positive impact on all the Jewish people.

Roi Shtrasberg, head of the Youth Division, noted that the conference represents a peak for the Youth Division: “I am glad to see how much the Youth Division has grown, and how more and more youth are happy to take part in these amazing Zionist activities. They are proof that if we will it, it is no dream and we can do so much for the people of Israel and the State of Israel.”

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg spoke of the importance of the nation’s youth: “The future of the Jewish people depends on the quality of its youth. We often hear that today’s youth lack values, but every day we see dozens of teens who are putting everything else aside and are dedicating their time and effort to helping the Jewish people.”

“Im Tirtzu will continue to develop the future leaders of the Jewish people who are not afraid to stand up for their values and their belief in Zionism and the State of Israel,” Peleg continued. “We are seeing in front of our eyes the development of the future leaders of the Zionist enterprise and the continuation of the amazing history of the Jewish people. The new torch bearers of Herzl are already here.”

JNi.Media

42% of French Muslim Youth Support Suicide Bombing, Young US Muslims Not Far Behind

Friday, July 15th, 2016

France has been the target of the most devastating recent terrorist attacks because, apparently, almost half of young French Muslims support suicide bombing, probably the most extreme act of terrorism (compare with the Japanese Kamikaze pilots, who represented the Japanese Empire’s final, most desperate lashing at an overpowering enemy).

But a November, 2015 Pew Poll found that while a large percentage of Muslim youths in the West support suicide bombing, and out of those the largest percentage live in France, the numbers in the US are only somewhat better.

“The higher levels of support for suicide bombing seen among young American Muslims resembles patterns found among Muslims in Europe, where Muslims also constitute a minority population,” the Pew poll concluded. “In Great Britain, France and Germany, Muslims under the age of 30 are consistently the least likely to say that suicide bombing is never justified.

“In other words, the share who think suicide bombing against civilians can ever be justified, even if rarely, is higher among those younger than 30 compared with those who are older. About a quarter (26%) of younger US Muslims say suicide bombing can at least rarely be justified, 17 percentage points higher than the proportion of Muslims ages 30 and older (9%) who share that view. The age gap is about as wide in Great Britain (18 percentage points) but somewhat narrower in Germany (12 points), France (11 points) and Spain (7 points).”

JNi.Media

Young Israel Congregation Youth Program For All Ages

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The Young Israel Congregation, serving the communities of Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor, and Surfside, has become famous for its innovative youth program. Rabbi Avi Fried and his staff have accommodated youngsters from tots to teens in a fun-filled atmosphere.

A very special fun summer trip for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders is planned on Tuesday, June 14 to Busch Gardens in Tampa. (E-mail RabbiFried@yicbh.org to reserve a spot.)

Father and child learning continues on Saturday nights. Children learn and enjoy ice cream and prizes.

High school teens are invited to learning and frozen yogurt every Wednesday night. Contact Rabbi Fried for times and locations.

Shabbos groups for children from ages 2 to 13 meet every week. They daven, participate in activities, have yummy refreshments, and receive tickets for really incredible prizes.

Young Israel Congregation is located at 9580 Abbott Avenue in Surfside. For more information about the youth activities, call Rabbi Fried at 305-866-0203.

Shelley Benveniste

Police Using CCTV Arrest 3 Arab Attackers of Jewish Youth in Jerusalem

Monday, April 18th, 2016

A Jewish boy was attacked by three Arab minors estimated to be age 13 in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday early afternoon. Police identified and located the attackers using CCTV data.

Jerusalem police released the following announcement around 1 PM Monday: “A short while ago Police emergency call center 100 received a report from the mother of a Jewish boy who said her son had been attacked by Arab youths on the Karaites Street in the Muslim quarter of the Old City. The report was turned immediately to officers at the Mabat 2000 unit which began to scan CCTVs in the area. The unit located the incident within a few minutes, and updated police on the ground, including descriptions of the suspects.

“A team of police and Border Guard officers using the information located two suspects who had escaped into a school in the Old City and another suspect who fled into a nearby home.”

David Israel

Likud Youth Organization Members Ignore PM, Ascend Temple Mount

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

There are times when youths do not listen to their elders, and it is to their detriment and that of the family.

When such behavior occurs on a national level, the difficulty faced by those who must pay the price for their actions can be even more complex.

Likud party officials – and by default, Likud party chairman and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself – faced such a situation on Thursday.

That is when some 20 members of the Likud Youth Organization, together with recently elected leader David Shayan, ignored a request from the prime minister’s office to cancel their plans, and instead ascended the Temple Mount.

This, on the fifth day of a week in which at least 14 police officers have been injured in Arab attacks and rioting on the Temple Mount and elsewhere around Jerusalem.

The group believes it was “strengthening [Israel’s] sovereignty at our holiest site,” one of the group’s leaders, Dor Harlap, told The Jerusalem Post.

“We didn’t come to cause provocations or make a mess. We are activists who were elected to the leadership of Likud Youth, and we came to show our presence… We made a similar visit during last year’s riots,” he said. “We knew we’d be back.”

The group prayed silently, he said. Half were observant, and those had immersed in a mikveh prior to their ascent. They also held selichot prayers at the Western Wall.

The intent of the group was to follow in the footsteps of former Likud leader, the late prime minister Ariel Sharon. It was Sharon’s visit to the site in the year 2000 that was blamed for igniting the pre-planned riots that launched the second intifada, organized by then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Likud party officials and Netanyahu advisers had warned the LYO members that it was not responsible to visit the site at this time, and that such an act would cause more harm than good.

In response, the youths effectively issued the prime minister an ultimatum: do more to protect Israeli sovereignty at the site, or the visit would proceed.

Once the group arrived on the mount, the youths were surrounded by 20 officials from the Islamic Waqf, despite some screaming female Muslims who were held at a distance.

Rachel Levy

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