The Fellowship Opens “Friendship Village” for Thousands of Israeli Children



As terrorist rockets continue to target Israel – especially the southern part of the country – The Jerusalem Post details The Fellowship’s latest effort to help those in the line of fire:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is set to open a complex in the Jerusalem Forest on Tuesday for thousands of children from the South to engage fun filled activities.

The camp, Friendship Village, developed in collaboration with the production company Promarket, will host groups of children daily, in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their summer, mired by the barrage of rocket fire.

“The efforts of the Fellowship stem in two directions, one is addressing security needs and the second toward helping the most vulnerable segments of society – the elderly and the children,” Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the IFCJ told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday …

This massive undertaking is the latest endeavor by the IFCJ that since the start of Operation Protective Edge has dedicated substantial resources to help the residents of the South – primarily children and the elderly population.

“Unfortunately we have a lot of experience in terms of the wars in Israel, we were on the ground in the second Lebanon war, in the first war in Gaza and now here,” Eckstein said. “The situation has changed dramatically in each of the wars and so we adjusted to what each of the needs was.”

Help us meet the growing needs in Israel throughout this crisis.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 4:49 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Leader: No to Israel As a Jewish State

In an interview for CBS yesterday morning, Charlie Rose spoke with Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader safely hidden in Qatar during the conflict in Gaza. Among other topics, when Rose pressed Meshaal whether he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal answered, “No.” Watch the interview above.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 1:59 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: 4 Israelis Killed by Mortar; 5 Terrorists Breach Border

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Arutz Sheva reports that at least four Israelis were killed when a mortar shell from Gaza hit a home in the southern Eshkol region, an area where The Fellowship has been working closely with community leaders to provide assistance to the residents who’ve been under some of the heaviest rocket fire. Also reported was an attempted terrorist attack, as five terrorists breached the border before being stopped by the IDF:

At least four, possibly five, people were killed when a mortar shell scored a direct hit on a home in the Eshkol region Monday afternoon. Several injuries have also been reported. The injured were taken to hospitals in Beersheva and Ashkelon, Voice of Israel public radio said. At least three were in serious condition.

Five terrorists were eliminated after they breached the border from Gaza near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Channel 2 reported Monday evening.

Please pray for the loved ones of those killed by the mortar, and for the safety of those IDF troops protecting those near the border.

Help us meet the growing needs in Israel throughout this crisis.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 12:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Son of Hamas Founder Tells Truth About Hamas

In this fascinating interview with CNN, the son of one of the founders of Hamas discusses the terror organization’s tactics and ultimate goals. Now a Christian, Mosab Hassan Yousef details how the group his father helped found aims not only to kill Palestinian civilians but to destroy the Jewish state, as well.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:45 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas’ Media Strategy Is Faltering

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(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

Although some in the world media are yet again – unfairly – championing Hamas as some kind of David to Israel’s Goliath, Professor Eli Avraham writes a hopeful piece in Israel Hayom, saying that the international community seems to be catching onto the terrorists’ media strategy:

This time, however, the international community is aware of Hamas’ nefarious tactics, thanks to the intensive reporting by foreign correspondents on the ground and Israel’s public diplomacy efforts. This exposure has prompted European foreign ministers to protest Hamas’ use of human shields.

Moreover, the rise in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews in Europe have prompted Germany and France to bar anti-Israeli demonstrations at this time, while numerous European nations have expressed their unequivocal support for Israel’s right to self-defense.

Many Israelis are frustrated that Palestinian casualties win extensive international media coverage, while casualties in other war-torn countries garner only minimal exposure …

Hamas, it seems, has encountered difficulties in preserving the momentum of media and political attacks on Israel, given the changes the Arab world is undergoing. The exposure of its use of human shields and its persecution of Christians … has caused its media strategy to falter. Hamas has failed to garner the international media attention and therefore failed to mark the political success it had hoped for.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 8:51 AM  | Stand For Israel

How the Media Is Helping Hamas

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(Photo: flickr/ ahmadmesleh)

As the international media continues to bring us pictures of the civilian casualties in Gaza, it does little to show us the Hamas leadership behind them, or the fact that these terrorist leaders are hiding among said civilian population. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Bassam Tawil discusses the fact that many journalists are allowing Hamas to get away with these crimes against humanity:

Hamas and its Palestinian and Western propagandists continue to insist that the Islamist movement does not use civilians in the Gaza Strip as human shields during war. But the truth is that Hamas itself has admitted that it does use innocent civilians as human shields, to increase the number of casualties and defame Israel in the eyes of the international community.

This admission, however, has, of course, gone unnoticed by most Western journalists and analysts reporting on the war in the Gaza Strip. Many Western journalists in the Gaza Strip choose to ignore the fact that Hamas is forcing civilians to serve as human shields. They also seem to ignore the fact that senior Hamas officials and militiamen have found shelter among civilians and in hospitals, especially Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital …

One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.

“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”

Besides the human shields story, there is another item that the international media also choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian “collaborators” during the past two weeks.

Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal…

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Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 8:39 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Precious in the Sight of the Lord

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(Photo: flickr/ healinglight)

Precious in the sight of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful servants. (Psalm 116:15)

As brave IDF soldiers have laid down their lives this week in the service of Israel and her people, many now join the fallen warriors laid to rest at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl. They are all precious in His sight. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 2:19 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Attack on Rosh Hashanah Planned Through Gaza Terror Tunnels



As we reported in today’s Daily Dispatch, Hamas has spent many years, hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete, and millions of dollars building its extensive system of terror tunnels. Now, Israeli security sources are saying that the IDF’s discovery of some of the tunnels has thwarted a large terror attack Hamas had planned for Rosh Hashanah:

Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.

The Hamas plan consisted of what was to be a surprise attack in which 200 fighters would be dispatched through each of dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel, and seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians.

Israeli soldiers already frustrated a surprise assault by Hamas through one tunnel from Gaza into the Eshkol district of Israel on July 19. The Hamas fighters escaped back into the tunnel, but the clash cost the lives of two Israel Defense Force [IDF] troops.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 9:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

Some Concrete Facts About Hamas

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge – finding and destroying Hamas’ massive system of tunnels used for smuggling weapons into Gaza and sneaking terrorists into Israel – Liel Leibovitz brings us an informative piece at Tablet that not only puts into perspective how the terrorist organization created these tunnels (using 800,000 tons of concrete) but why they did so:

What else might that much concrete build? Erecting Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, required 110,000 tons of concrete. Hamas, then, could’ve treated itself to seven such monstrosities and still had a few tens of thousands of tons to spare. If it wanted to build kindergartens equipped with bomb shelters, like Israel has built for the besieged citizens of Sderot, for example—after all, noted military strategists like Jon Stewart have spent last week proclaiming that Gaza’s citizens had nowhere to hide from Israel’s artillery—Hamas could have used its leftovers to whip up about two that were each as big as Giants Stadium. And that’s just 18 tunnels. Egypt, on its end, recently claimed to have destroyed an additional 1,370. That’s a lot of concrete …

So, where did Hamas get all that concrete? Most of it came from you and your government. Hamas got its hands on the supplies it needed to build the tunnels after it pleaded with the international community last year to help redeem Gaza from the throes of a humanitarian crisis, caused by the fact that both Israel and Egypt closed their borders to Gaza, because both countries grew tired of having their soldiers and citizens murdered by terrorists. Needless to say, Israel’s concerns about how the concrete would be used were universally derided in the West as inflicting cruel and needless suffering on the people of Gaza—who, needless to say, didn’t receive any of the concrete for their own use. The priorities of Ismail Haniyeh’s government were crystal clear—to use all resources at their disposal to launch another war with Israel …

Hamas isn’t here to talk or build…

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:54 AM  | Stand For Israel

The U.N. Human Wrongs Council

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(Photo: wikipedia)

The United Nations is at it once again. This week we’ve reported on the rockets found in U.N.-operated schools in Gaza, and the U.N.’s giving of said rockets back to Hamas. And yesterday we told you about the U.N. Human Rights Council voting for a resolution to investigate Israel for its actions during the current Operation Protective Edge. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams, always an intelligent voice of reason, writes at Israel Hayom that this is an unfair resolution and that the U.S. – even as it was the one vote for Israel – should not be part of such a council:

This is a biased, one-sided, mendacious resolution. The word “Hamas” is not mentioned. The firing of thousands of rockets into Israel is not mentioned. The massive system of attack tunnels through which Hamas terrorists have entered Israel is not mentioned. The fact that Hamas hides weapons in U.N. schools is not mentioned …

The United States erred in joining up in 2009, and the returns are in. The experiment failed. Until the council stops its biased and one-sided actions, and stops throwing fuel on the flames in the Middle East, we should disengage. Council members such as China, Cuba, and Russia (yes, all three are, amazingly enough, members) will not recognize moral clarity, but very many Americans will.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel
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