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I can’t recall when it first happened, but sadly, over the years it’s become normal to talk to my kids about terrorism. When I first moved to Israel from America 10 years ago I thought I would be able to hide the dangers of terrorism from my children. But I have realized that is impossible.
“Turn the news on,” my eight-year-old daughter implored on the way to school today. “I want to hear if anyone else got stabbed last night.” That was at 8:00 in the morning, and thank God no new attacks had been reported.
After dropping off my older kids, I took my three-year-old to nursery school. When we got there, the front gate was locked. I rang the bell a few times and wondered if her class was canceled. But as I turned back towards the car, my daughter’s teacher came out with a key. “I’m so sorry, but we have to take extra precautions,” she explained. Then she gave me that all too familiar look and said, “You understand – it’s because of the situation.”
Neither of us had to speak what we were thinking – even a nursery school is a potential target for Palestinian terrorism.
At 9:00 a.m., I turned on the news as I pulled out of a gas station and there were already reports of new attacks in Israel. I listened to the reporter tell how a 32-year-old Israeli man in central Israel was waiting for a bus, when a 22-year-old Arab approached him and began stabbing him repeatedly until passers-by pounced on the terrorist.
I hoped and prayed that that would be the last of bad news for the day, but it wasn’t. By the time I turned on my computer an hour late,r there was another attack in Jerusalem. Two Palestinian terrorists got onto a public bus, one with a gun and one with a knife. Two Israelis were killed in the attack and another twenty were injured.
Each report of a new attack is both frightening and upsetting. It’s unacceptable…Read More » Comments (1) »
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 1:53 PM | Stand For Israel
The Israeli government is doing all it can to put a stop to the terrorist attacks that are targeting the nation’s people. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given this look at the incitement that has caused this outbreak of terror and violence:
The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. The incitement includes the spread of false claims against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The culture of hate in the Palestinian media, schools and social networks, together with the statements of Palestinian leaders, has reached new and gruesome heights.
The Palestinian Authority, including its chairman Mahmoud Abbas, are using inflammatory Islamic rhetoric to spread false and malicious claims against Israel, and treat those who engage in the murder of Israelis as heroes. These statements amount to official incitement to violence and can only serve to exacerbate the situation.Radical Islamists are bringing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and other weaponry onto the Temple Mount, thus deliberately desecrating, damaging and endangering the holy site and turning it into a battle field. The militarization of a site revered by all should be universally condemned. The aim of these elements is to change the status quo and to prevent visits by non-Muslims on the Mount…
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 1:03 PM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday (Oct 12), one of The Fellowship’s coordinators in Jerusalem literally saved the life of the 13-year-old boy who was stabbed during one of four local terror attacks. At the moment, the Fellowship staffer is recovering psychologically from the trauma, so we don’t have the complete story, but this is what we do know.
Yesterday afternoon, the Jewish boy was riding his bicycle outside a candy store when a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist and a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist armed with knives attacked him. The Jewish boy, who is still in critical condition, was stabbed nearly a dozen times in the upper part of his body, including one of his main arteries. The Fellowship staff member happened to be outside of her office on her way to a grocery store when she heard the boy crying that he had been attacked. Very cool headedly, she picked up a cloth from the ground and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. She held the boy in her arms until the arrival of the ambulance. The doctor who operated on him at Hadassah Medical Center said on TV that without this he would have died.Comments (2) »
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 11:29 AM | Stand For Israel
October 13, 2015 – 2:29 p.m.
An Israeli teenager is in critical condition after two teenage Palestinian terrorists stabbed him multiple times while he rode his bike.
October 13, 2015 – 1:59 p.m.
Palestinian terrorists opened fire on an IDF vehicle near the Gaza border.
October 13, 2015 – 1:56 p.m.
Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’ incitement has caused the violence against Israel.
October 13, 2015 – 1:13 p.m.
20,000 Palestinians attended a “Day of Rage” rally today directed at the Temple Mount.
October 13, 2015 – 12:09 p.m.
Jerusalem Terror Attack Caught on Video – IDF Facebook
October 13, 2015 – 11:14 a.m.
Teenage terrorists stabbed and injured two Israelis today, including a boy in Jerusalem
October 13, 2015 – 10:32 a.m.
Today, three Israelis were killed and more than 20 were injured in terror attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 10:39 AM | Stand For Israel
The wave of terror rocking Israel only increased today, as three more Israelis were killed and more than twenty were injured. The Times of Israel reports that three are dead in Jerusalem and many more wounded in the capital and in the city of Ra’anana after multiple terrorist attacks:
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One person was killed and another wounded as a driver rammed into a crowd on Malchei Israel Street in the Makor Baruch neighborhood in the center of the city. The attacker reportedly stepped out of the crashed vehicle and attempted to stab the wounded. He was subdued by police, but was not killed.
In a separate incident minutes earlier, two male passengers were killed — a 60-year-old who died at the scene, and a 45-year-old who died in the hospital — and three others suffered gunshot wounds in a combined shooting and stabbing attack on Egged bus 78 in the neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv in southern Jerusalem.
Two assailants were involved in the Armon Hanatziv attack, and were shot and subdued by police. One terrorist was said to have been killed, and the other was caught by police.
Some 15 people were said to have been injured in the attack.
In Ra’anana, a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard. One was in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were lightly injured.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 8:32 AM | Stand For Israel
A staff member in The Fellowship’s Jerusalem office shared with us this moving essay about what it’s been like living in the shadow of terror in Israel.
My family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in May 1990 from Kazakhstan, which was essentially a Muslim country and was ruled by the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan had taken in and embraced thousands of Jewish families that escaped from Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Others, like my family, arrived in the country at the end of the war. In Kazakhstan, my parents had Christian and Muslim friends, many of which were closer to them then their Jewish friends. My family was a Zionist family and some of our relatives made aliyah to Israel in the 1970s. The minute that the gates of the Soviet Union opened for aliyah, my parents decided that there was no reason to wait any longer.
At the end of August that year, the Gulf War broke out. We celebrated my first birthday in Israel, when I turned 5, in a tiny bedroom with sealed windows, the wail of the sirens sounding outside, in the grip of fear.
The war ended in the winter of 1991, and relative quiet prevailed in Israel. Towards the end of 1990s, as I was finishing elementary school, weekly terror attacks began in Jerusalem and throughout the country. There were no cellular phones in those days, and I remember the moments of fear when I came home from school and waited for my mother to return home safely. Those 2-3 hours seemed endless.
Every place I went, in every house, the television was turned to the news, with endless pictures of the wounded, the killed, the weeping families.
When I began to study in junior high and high school in the center of Jerusalem, I got used to traveling by bus, being part of the complex life of the city, and being stuck in huge traffic jams in the center of the city while officials checked out “suspicious objects.”
When I was in high school, we would…Read More » Comments (6) »
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 8:15 AM | Stand For Israel
The people of Israel are hurting and the world refuses to acknowledge the situation as it is: Palestinian terrorism against Israel. During this difficult time, Rabbi Eckstein tells us how we can draw hope from the beginning of a new month on the Hebrew calendar tonight.Comments (0) »
Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Stand for Israel
Yael Eckstein reports on the current terror spreading throughout Jerusalem. With the increase in terror attacks, she reminds the Jewish people to stay strong and prays that God will keep Israel safe. Watch as Yael explains the fear Israelis feel as they walk through the streets of Jerusalem:Comments (12) »
Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 10:24 AM | Stand for Israel
Yael Eckstein, IFCJ’s Senior Vice President, comments, “No one is safe: this happened at one of our grocery stores five minutes away”:
Three people were stabbed in a suspected terror attack at Kibbutz Gan Shmuel near Hadera on Sunday.
The suspected terrorist was apprehended.
According to MDA paramedics, a 19-year-old woman was seriously wounded in the attack as well as a 14-year-old girl who was moderately wounded, and a 20-year-old man whose condition was not immediately clear.
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Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 12:23 PM | Stand for Israel
“Children are a heritage from the LORD” (Psalm 127:3)
This weekend, a 22-year-old Israeli man, Aharon Banita, was stabbed and killed by a terrorist. His wife Adel was also stabbed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Adel and her son in the hospital. Here, Netanyahu kisses and reassures the 2-year-old boy, who was also injured in the attack. Please pray for this family, and for peace in Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (7) »
Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 12:00 PM | Stand For Israel