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Terror in Israel

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

November 29, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.
Two stabbings in Jerusalem on Sunday – a police officer and a woman in her 30s.
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November 27, 2015 – 3:36 p.m.
Border Police officer stabbed in Nahariya
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November 27, 2015 – 5:42 a.m
Eight IDF soldiers wounded in two vehicular attacks
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November 25, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
A 20-year-old Israeli man was seriously injured in a terrorist stabbing in Hebron.
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November 24, 2015 – 7:30 a.m.
Three IDF soldiers and an Israeli Border Police officer were wounded in a terrorist car-ramming attack in the West Bank
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November 23, 2015 – 7:00 a.m.
Two young Israelis – a 20-year-old IDF soldier and a 21-year-old woman – were killed in terrorist stabbings over the last 24 hours.
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November 19, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Three have been killed and many more have been injured in a two-pronged shooting and car-ramming attack in Gush Etzion in the West Bank.
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November 19, 2015 – 7:30 a.m.
Two Israelis were killed and two more were wounded in a stabbing attack while they prayed in Tel Aviv.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 10:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Two Stabbing Attacks Within Three Hours in Jerusalem

(Photo: Hatzala)

(Photo: Hatzala)

The violence in the Holy City continues this weekend, as Yediot Achronot reports that there have been two stabbing attacks today in Jerusalem – the victims this time being a woman in her 30s and a police officer:

…a paramedic with MDA, told Ynet, “When we arrived at the scene we saw a woman about 30 years of age with a knife wound to her upper body in the front seat of a bus. We provided her with initial care and transferred her from the bus to an ambulance…”

The stabbing was the third attack to take place at the location in recent weeks.

MDA said it had received a call for a reported stabbing attack at 7:44 AM, and arrived at the scene to find a 20-year-old border policeman lightly-moderately wounded. MDA medics administered initial treatment and the policeman was later evacuated to Hadassah hospital at Jerusalem’s Ein Karem.


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Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 10:39 AM  | Stand for Israel

Stabbing Attacks Continue as Israel Mourns Loss of Soldier

iitnThe wave of violent attacks in Israel continued this week, with several Israel killed, including an 18-year-old soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. The young man was stabbed to death at a West Bank gas stations in a terror attack that left two others injured. Hundreds of Israelis turned out for his funeral.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Israel to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both Kerry and Rivlin condemned the terrorist attacks.
• America and Israel paid tribute this week to an 18-year-old American student who had been studying abroad and was killed in Israel last week in a terror attack.
• A terror attack victim expressed his thanks to The Fellowship for the aid he and his family received. The Fellowship has committed to donating $1,000 to each Israeli terror victim to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
• An Israeli company could be the first private team to land a robot on the moon as the frontrunner in a $30 million contest sponsored by Google.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on how mothers in Israel are taking a stand against the current wave of violence and terror.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Happy Thanksgiving from Stand for Israel

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(Photo: wikicommons/יהושוע הניג)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
    hist faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100:4-5)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, Stand for Israel is suspending activity Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. We’ll be back on Monday, November 30 — and rest assured, if any critically important developments related to Israel come up over the weekend, we’ll be here to let you know about them. We wish each and every one of you a happy Thanksgiving, and thank you all for always standing for Israel!

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 2:56 PM  | Stand for Israel

Why Are We Abandoning the Christians?

(Photo: flickr/ihhinsaniyardimvakfi)

(Photo: flickr/ihhinsaniyardimvakfi)

As the world hopes for peace in Syria and that all refugees can finally find safety from the brutal and ongoing war, we also continue to support and pray for the millions who’ve been displaced. But why isn’t anyone talking about the Christians in the Middle East? Writing at the Jewish Journal, David Suissa wonders why we have forgotten about the many persecuted Christians, who suffer oppression every day because of their faith:

In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.

Yes, the Jewish way is not either/or. We’re supposed to be inclusive. So, with all the beautiful, heartfelt sentiment so many American Jews are expressing for Muslim refugees, why are we not including oppressed Christians in our hearts?…

The irony is that the very persecution of Christians makes it harder to rescue them. As Patrick Goodenough reports on, the U.S. federal government relies on the United Nations in the refugee application process – and since Syrian Christians are often afraid to register with the U.N., they and other non-Muslims are left out.

This means that refugees in most need of rescue are hardest to reach. But isn’t that the real meaning of compassion — to go the extra mile for those in greatest need? Even if we put aside the charged issue of Muslim terrorists possibly infiltrating the refugees, and just look at basic human need, don’t we owe it to the Christians to pay more attention to their plight?

If the most powerful country on Earth can’t go the extra mile to rescue Christian refugees, who will?

If the most powerful man on Earth can’t bring justice to the most oppressed, who will?

Who will speak up for the most persecuted religious group in the world?



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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 10:43 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Seriously Wounded in Stabbing Attack

(Photo: Shaare Zedek Medical Center)

(Photo: Shaare Zedek Medical Center)

This week, Israel has buried two of its young people, both of them killed in terrorist stabbing attacks. Today, Israel Hayom reports that yet another Israeli was seriously injured in yet another stabbing:

A 20-year-old Israeli man was seriously wounded on Wednesday morning near Hebron when he was stabbed in the upper body by a Palestinian terrorist.

The terrorist was shot and wounded by security forces at the scene of the attack…

The area has been the scene of almost daily Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis in recent weeks.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 9:07 AM  | Stand for Israel

Homeland Security Asks Jewish Agencies to Institute Security

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(Photo: DHS)

While the whole world is now a target for terrorists, the Jewish people still remain especially at risk. In the wake of the Paris attacks, JTA reports, the Department of Homeland Security has called for Jewish agencies to initiate greater security:

“If they have not developed security management plans, they need to get those plans,” Goldenberg told JTA. “We’re asking Jewish agencies to institutionalize security as a part of the culture…”

Mayorkas explained how even when a primary target is not Jewish, the attackers may seek out Jewish targets in a secondary attack. He noted the attacks in Paris in January, where a satirical magazine that had mocked Islam was the first target; subsequently, attackers targeted a kosher supermarket.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 9:01 AM  | Stand for Israel

Beating the Islamist Death Cult

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

Israel is under the greatest threat in many years, facing the constant terrorist attacks being carried out against her people. To beat the terrorists, writes The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, will not only entail physically defeating them, but by exposing radical Islam for what it is:

The national mood is grim. The fear of attack is relentless…

When people come at you with a gun or a knife or scissors or bombs or their car, you had better stop them first. Ideally, you’ll identify and thwart them before they set out. The fight needs to be physically taken to the enemy. But it also needs to be waged educationally — in the schools and the mosques and online. The advocates and apologists must be afforded no tolerance.

We’ll not beat the many-headed Islamist terror monster until that ostensible religious imperative is shattered — until radical Islam, that is, is exposed, marginalized and ultimately defeated as the murderous death cult it is.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 8:30 AM  | Stand for Israel

Technology and the Iranian Threat

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

New technology allows everyday people to learn more about the missile capabilities of Iran. The Jerusalem Post reports on the new app, called “Israel’s Nightmare”:

The new software educates users about Iran’s long range and short range missile capabilities with specific details and photographs listed for specific weapons.

“This android application can be accessed free of charge and I do not seek any financial gains by designing this software,” the app’s creator, Arshia Badi, said.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard revealed in October an underground bunker in which it stores long-range ballistic missiles, Fars News Agency reported.

Footage of the underground missile bunker was aired on Iranian state television. According to Fars, a number of ballistic missiles were shown in the underground tunnel including a model with a range of 2,000 kilometers.

And, even after the supposedly beneficial nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, The New York Times reports that Iran has attacked the United States through technology, hacking the State Department via social media:

American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month.

The surge has led American officials to a stark conclusion: For Iran, cyberespionage — with the power it gives the Iranians to jab at the United States and its neighbors without provoking a military response — is becoming a tool to seek the kind of influence that some hard-liners in Iran may have hoped its nuclear program would eventually provide.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 8:11 AM  | Stand for Israel

Argentine President Vows to Scrap Iran Deal for Bomb Probe

(Photo: wikicommons/Inés Tanoira)

(Photo: wikicommons/Inés Tanoira)

The 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center has long been suspected to be the work of Iran. Now, Forward reports, Argentina’s new president will cancel an agreement to jointly probe the bombing with Iran:

The newly elected president of Argentina said he will cancel the agreement signed with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as he vowed during the campaign…

The agreement has been criticized by Israel and Argentina’s Jews, among others. Iran has been accused of being behind the AMIA bombing, which killed 85 and injured hundreds.

Macri has a recent history of close relations with Argentine Jewry and Israel.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 8:01 AM  | Stand for Israel