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Victims Identified from Jerusalem Terror Attack on Bus No. 78

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A gag order has been lifted on the identification of the victims of Tuesday morning’s deadly terror attack on Bus No. 78 in Jerusalem’s southeastern Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

Both were killed during the attack by two terrorists. As one terrorist attacked the driver and sealed the doors shut, the other went through the vehicle and stabbed passengers.

One of the fallen was 51-year-old Alon Guverg, who lived alone in the neighborhood and is to be laid to rest Wednesday afternoon.

The ZAKA first responder organization is asking the public to please attend this man’s funeral at 5 pm at the Family Mourning Home in Givat Shaul, as he lived alone, a man who died a victim of terror in the holy city.

The second terror victim on the bus Tuesday morning was 78-year-old Chaim Haviv, who also is to be laid to rest Wednesday. Haviv’s wife Shoshana was on the bus as well and survived the attack but was seriously wounded. She remains hospitalized in serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

At least 16 others were physically wounded in the two attacks, and dozens of others were badly traumatized. The second attack which came just minutes after the first involved a Bezeq technician who rammed his car straight into a crowd of people standing at a bus stop on Rehov Malchei Yisrael in central Jerusalem. The terrorist then got out of the car and began stabbing those who were still standing.

Among those stabbed by the Arab Bezeq worker-turned-terrorist was Rabbi Yeshiayahu Krishevsky, who was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon.

All of the terrorists in the above attacks were residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar.

Victim Identification Service ZAKA to Use Black Body Bags for Terrorists, White for Victims

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) The ZAKA voluntary community emergency response teams in Israel (the acronym stands for Zihuy Korbanot Ason, Heb: Disaster Victim Identification) has decided to start wrapping the bodies of murderous terrorists in black bags and not the ordinary white bags used for victims.

The move comes in response to numerous requests by Israelis who have complained to the organization that it is sacrilegious to wrap the bodies of the terrorists in bags with the ZAKA inscription. One complaint read: “ZAKA is a sacred organization, and you mustn’t blaspheme the ZAKA name with the bodies of bloodthirsty killers.”

ZAKA members, most of whom are Orthodox Jews, assist ambulance crews, aid in the identification of the victims of terrorism, road accidents and other disasters, and, where necessary, gather body parts and spilled blood for proper burial. They also provide first aid and rescue services, help with the search for missing persons, and participate in international rescue and recovery operations.

ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav sai in a statement: ZAKA is an organization entrusted with the dignity of the dead, and we treat everyone with the due respect and the required sensitivity, regardless of religion, race and nationality. However, when it comes to heinous murderers and particularly the brutal ones, after all, we need to know how to distinguish between the victims and the murderers and not desecrate and defile the bags with the ZAKA inscription.”

Attempted Lynch Attack on 5 US Jewish Tourists in Hebron, Saved by Local Arab

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Hebron Arabs attempted to lynch five Jewish tourists from the U.S. who entered the wrong part of town in Hebron on Thursday.

The tourists, described as hareidi-religious men, entered the Jabel Johar neighborhood in the Palestinian Authority-controlled section of ancient Biblical city by mistake.

There, they were swiftly attacked by a mob of Arabs who hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and rocks at them, according to security personnel.

A local Arab quickly took them into his home to wait for rescue by Israeli soldiers.

Medics from the Israel Hatzoloh emergency service of Judea and Samaria who responded to the scene reported that one of the tourists was bleeding from the face. At least two were injured in the attempted lynch and were taken by soldiers to receive medical attention. Subsequently both were evacuated to a hospital where they are listed in fair to good condition.

Firebombs hurled at their car ignited the vehicle. The flames quickly incinerated the car, according to the local ZAKA emergency response service from Kiryat Arba / Hebron.

An unnamed civilian security official who arrived on the scene spoke with Tazpit News Agency. “Strictly speaking and in order of arrival, civilian security services arrived first on the scene and after that, the IDF. Riot police entered only after civilian personnel were on site, both those on shift and those on call, and many army forces who quickly asserted control over the situation,” he said.

“Only after that did riot police arrive to rescue the Jewish tourists from the Arab home, and [then] took them to Kiryat Arba to receive medical treatment.”

Israeli Search and Rescue Underway in Nepal

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A 20-person delegation comprised of volunteers from Israel’s leading rescue organizations already has set up a field hospital and begun reaching out to earthquake victims in Nepal. Coordinated by IsraeLife and including representatives from United Hatzalah, Zaka and F.I.R.S.T., the rescue mission arrived on Monday and split up into two camps – one stationed in Kathmandu and the other in smaller villages in the periphery.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Dov Maisel, a member of the joint delegation and United Hatzalah volunteer, explains conditions on the field:

“Many communities have been utterly destroyed… their hospital or medical center is gone – they have nothing.”

So far, the Israeli rescue team is treating injuries, pulling people out of rubble, rescuing victims from remote locations and consoling those facing grave tragedy.

“It is very difficult. After this kind of incident you have many wounded people who have nowhere to go – and they have fractures, an infected cut – all sorts of wounds… and they have no one treating them. Our mission is to help as many people as possible,” he said.

Working with Nepalese authorities: Members of the IsraeLife delegation join in rescue efforts with Nepalese authorities.

Working with Nepalese authorities: Members of the IsraeLife delegation join in rescue efforts with Nepalese authorities.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Crowds of injured and distraught gather at the IsraeLife field hospital, staffed by United Hatzalah, Zaka and FIRST.

Eli Pollak, CEO of IsraeLife, said, “We decided to enlist the cooperation of the prominent Israeli emergency agencies in order to maximize the capabilities of the delegation, which is made up of experts in serving the needs of the disaster area. We are preparing for a long stay that will provide solutions to the Israelis living in Nepal and local residents.”

Dov Maisel of United Hatzalah gives vaccine to Nepalese boy at the IsraeLife field hospital on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Dov Maisel of United Hatzalah gives vaccine to Nepalese boy at the IsraeLife field hospital on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

ZAKA Rescued Body of Abandoned Jewish Soldier Who Died for Ukraine

Friday, March 6th, 2015

It took five weeks, a break in the battle and special permission from the Ukrainian army, but poor Yevgeni Yatsina was finally rescued by his Jewish brethren.

At least his body was, thanks to a faithful friend who just wouldn’t give up, and ZAKA, the organization that is there when nothing else can be done.

Yatsina was a Jewish solider killed five weeks earlier, in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government. His friend hadn’t heard from him and started to wonder why.

A week ago on Wednesday, volunteers from the ZAKA emergency first response organization (some of whom came from Israel) rushed to the area to begin a search when permission was received to enter the military zone.

Until that point, Yatsina’s body remained on the battlefield. Rescue and recovery personnel had been forbidden to retrieve his remains.

Last Friday – at last – Yatsina was taken from the battle zone, ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav told media.

For quite a while, no one even knew the soldier was dead. His friend was really the first to figure it out; it was he who asked ZAKA Sharon regional commander Israel Godlevski to try and track him down.

“There is a ZAKA unit in Ukraine,” said Meshi-Zahav. “We tried to turn to the Ukrainian army and get initial information about [his] fate…

“At first they didn’t even admit that he is dead. Then they said he was killed in battle and that his body was left lying there.”

For two weeks ZAKA sought permission to remove the soldier’s body but were denied permission on the grounds he was in a battle zone. They were told “no one can even approach the area” at that point.

Jewish law does not permit any Jew to endanger his life or that of another for the sake of burying the dead. But eventually the Ukraine army finally allowed ZAKA to enter the area under its protection, and when there was some calm in the area.

“The entire operation took place at night in complete darkness, with constant exchanges of fire between the sides in the background,” Meshi-Zahav said. “We tried to locate the body in the darkness according to information we received from the army. After searching for about an hour and a half, it was found.

“At first we weren’t certain that it was him, as it was impossible to carry out basic identification on the ground. Only after moving several hundred meters away from the area, we were able to confirm that this was the Jewish soldier we were looking for,” he added.

ZAKA commander in Ukraine Rabbi Yosef Asman, is the son of Ukraine Chief Rabbi Moshe Asman and is in constant communication with the military. Although he personally was ready to give up more than once, Asman said Meshi-Zahav’s persistence won out, ensuring “the respectable and emotional ending when we gave late soldier Yevgeni Yatsina a Jewish burial.”

Last Friday, Yatsina was laid to rest in a Jewish cemetery in Kiev. May his soul find the peace he sought in life, and his memory be for a blessing.

Israel’s ZAKA Volunteers Join Paris Colleagues at Terror Site

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Two days following the deadly terror attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris, veteran ZAKA volunteers from Israel traveled to France to join their volunteer colleagues in the Paris Zaka unit. On Sunday evening, January 11, ZAKA International Rescue Unit head Mati Goldstein and veteran ZAKA volunteer Dano Monkotovitz immediately flew out to Paris to the site of the supermarket terror attack that left four Jewish hostages dead.

Volunteers from ZAKA Paris, under the command of Rabbi Tzemach (Serge) Ben Naim, had already been working at the scene for several hours, collecting remains and working to ensure a full Jewish burial for the victims; Yoav Hattab, 21, Yohan Cohen, 22, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada.

Goldstein noted that the Israeli ZAKA volunteers were able to get special permission from the Attorney General of France to enter the attack scene and help collect remains. “After complex discussions and outreach of ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, together with the Foreign Ministry and Jewish community leaders in Paris, we were able to get permission from the Attorney General of France to enter the scene of the attack,” he said.

“We went to the supermarket late at night under the security of the French police and we worked to gather all the findings at the scene,” added Goldstein.

The Parisian volunteers of ZAKA were trained one year ago at the initiative of the President of the Consistoire in France, Dr. Joel Mergui. “They were very professional in their response, despite the pain that comes with personal acquaintance with the victims,” described Goldstein.

ZAKA Paris commander Rabbi Ben Naim, who also serves as the President of the Jewish Burial Society (Chevrah Kadisha) further commented that “this is a very difficult attack for France as a whole and the Jewish community in particular.”

“At first, the French police did not understand why it is important for us to enter the scene and collect the findings of the victims in order to give them a proper Jewish burial. However, after we explained the religious significance to them, we received the necessary authorization,” explained Rabbi Ben Naim.

“What moved me is that when we arrived on the scene at the supermarket, there were hundreds of French Jews, religious and secular, standing there,” he said.

“When the crowd saw the ZAKA team go into the supermarket to do the holy work, they showed their appreciation, especially when they saw Jews from France and Israel coming together to perform true virtue – the holiest work of Chessed Shel Emet – with the blood of their brothers which was spilled like water,” added Rabbi Ben Naim.

“It was a very difficult scene inside the supermarket. It was as if time stood still, with shopping carts full of food in preparation for Shabbat in the cashier aisles and deliveries waiting to be sent to customers. But the floor was covered in the blood of the victims,” said Paris ZAKA volunteer Avraham Weinberg.

The ZAKA volunteers also worked at the scene of the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices where, it has been discovered, there were three Jews among the victims.

On Monday, January 12, the ZAKA volunteers worked with the local burial society to treat the bodies of the victims and prepare them to fly to Israel for burial.

Also on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Paris supermarket, Hyper Cacher, to pay respects to the families of the victims, killed by Islamist extremist Amedy Coulibaly.

ZAKA in Har Nof Massacre [video]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

ZAKA crews work to collect and clean up the blood from the Har Nof Massacre today.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/zaka-in-har-nof-massacre-video/2014/11/18/

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