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Terror in Israel

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

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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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 9:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

US Christians Help Protect Jerusalem Against Terror

(Photo: Magen David Adom)

(Photo: Magen David Adom)

As two more young Jewish people have been killed in stabbing attacks over the past 24 hours, Israel is again in mourning. But Arutz Sheva reports that IFCJ and its donors are showing the Jewish state that there are those who stand with them in love and care:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), led by President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Jerusalem, Border Police, and local social-service groups counter the ongoing terror wave against Israel.

The $600,000 funded from Christians across North America will be used to purchase security equipment and other means of support for those fighting in the front line against terror.

Days after the latest terror wave began, The Fellowship became the first organization to offer financial aid to terror victims…

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 10:10 AM  | Stand for Israel

Life, Love, and Faith Will Heal Our Wounds

I held it together the past few days. . . until I saw Ezra Schwartz’s friends embracing and singing Hatikvah (The Hope, Israel’s national anthem) as his body was loaded onto a plane to return to America. Ezra was an 18-year-old American who had come to Israel for a year to study Torah and volunteer. He was gunned down on his way to deliver sweets to Israeli soldiers.

I didn’t know Ezra, but Israel is such a close-knit country that within hours I felt like I did. Though I didn’t know him, I know so many like him – young men and women full of promise, idealism, laughter, and excitement. I also know hundreds of families like the Schwartzes, and I know the loss and pain that they will live with for the rest of their lives.

So I held it together through the news of his death and the deaths of so many others—a father and son, a young woman, mothers and children. But hearing hundreds of voices singing our eternally hopeful national anthem finally opened the floodgates, and I cried for them all. For all the lives cut short, for every soldier, and police officer, and civilian, for the families who died together, and for those who died alone.

In my 12 years living in Israel, our country has lost hundreds of its citizens to violence, but sometimes there are losses that both devastate and unify us. Ezra’s death brought so many people together to mourn and to celebrate his life, and those images of solidarity brought me back to similar moments of pride and sadness.

During 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, two American lone soldiers were killed in combat. (Lone soldiers serve in the Israel Defense Forces, though their parents live overseas.) One lone soldier, Sean Carmeli, was set to be buried in a military cemetery in Haifa, though his parents live in Texas.

The local Haifa soccer team heard that he had been…

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 9:49 AM  | Stand for Israel

Berlin Department Store Removes Israeli Settlement Products

(Photo: flickr/lennox_mcdough)

(Photo: flickr/lennox_mcdough)

Last week we told you about Europe’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements. Now, this anti-Israel bias has gone a step further in Germany. The Jerusalem Post’s Benjamin Weinthal reports that Berlin’s largest department store has removed all Israeli settlement products:

Berlin’s high-end department store KaDeWe, which was boycotted in the 1930s because of its former Jewish owners, pulled Israeli products manufactured in settlements from its shelves on Friday because of new EU guidelines mandating labels on goods from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

“We have taken the corresponding [Israeli settlement] products out from our line of goods,” KaDeWe spokeswoman Petra Fladenhofer told Spiegel. “We will, after an appropriate labeling, put them back in our product line.”

The department store’s move adds fuel to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) debate targeting Israel’s economy in Germany. KaDeWe attracts tens of thousands a visitors a day and the store’s Jewish ownership was ended because of the Nazi’s anti-Semitic laws.

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Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 3:37 PM  | Stand for Israel

Kerry to Visit Israel Next Week

(Photo: US State Dept)

(Photo: US State Dept)

As terrorist attacks continue – not just in Israel, but around the world – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel next week, reports Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, in hopes of helping stop the ongoing violence:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next Monday to discuss ways of stopping the violence and the implementation of confidence-building measures.

He is scheduled to meet with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.

The visit will be Kerry’s first in over a year.

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Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 7:55 AM  | Stand for Israel

Terror Will Not Stop Our Lives in the Land of Israel

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

In the wake of yesterday’s shooting attack that left three dead in Gush Etzion, an IFCJ employee who lives near the attack gives us her thoughts on this and the rest of the ongoing violence facing the people of Israel.

The Thursday afternoon routine for an average Jew living in Gush Etzion includes going to the local supermarket to shop for Sabbath groceries.

The Gush Etzion Junction (near Alon Shvut) is where we are lucky enough to have a small shopping center with a nice large supermarket, a great bakery, a health food store, a restaurant, and a few other stores. There is also a small hall that has been turned into a meeting point for all the local IDF soldiers. Every day we all bake goods, make sandwiches, and cook food to bring there. There is a constant list of volunteers that are there to greet the soldiers that come and provide them with some hot drinks, food, and tasty treats.

Many weeks I go to the Gush Etzion Junction with my children to shop and to volunteer or at least drop something off for the soldiers.

Recently, that has not been the situation; I will no longer go there with my kids, as there have been too many terror attacks at this junction.

Today –at the exact time when most of my friends and neighbors are most likely doing their pre-Sabbath shopping, I heard of the dreadful terror attack. I can’t describe the hard feelings that run through my body the second I hear of an attack. There is a customary social “tradition” that following a terror attack everyone begins to call anyone they know that lives in that area to make sure that they are okay. But today I was faced with a challenge – how do I call my entire community, all my friends, my whole support system to see that they are okay? As I was thinking, the beeping of my phone began as many people I know reached out to check up on me…

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Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 7:48 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran Claims Israel, Not ISIS Behind Paris Attacks

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

(Photo: wikicommons/sayyed shahab-o- din vajedi)

Iran just won’t quit. Even after world powers agreed to a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, it still insists on its hateful and wrongheaded rhetoric, the latest of which comes in the wake of the Paris terror attacks carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS). Arutz Sheva’s Ari Yashar reports that one of Iran’s top military leaders says Israel, not ISIS, was behind the horrific attacks:

“If we write the word Israel instead of ISIS, the behind the scene of the recent events in France will come into light,” he claimed as quoted by the Iranian paper.

“ISIS is the infantry unit of the US and the usurper Zionist regime…”

Naqdi wasn’t done, however, going on to accuse the West of trying to spread “Islamophobia,” apparently accusing the US of staging the attacks by Muslim terrorists to raise anger against Islam.

Ironically, the statements by the general of the leading state sponsor of terrorism do not fall far from recent remarks by European officials who also blamed Israel – more specifically “frustration” at Israel – for the ISIS attacks on French civilians.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 10:17 AM  | Stand for Israel

Will the West Adopt Israel’s Anti-Terror Strategies?

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the Western world is reeling, trying to figure out how to stop the very real, very violent, and very evil threat that is ISIS and radical Islamist terrorism. This, of course, is the reality that Israel has been facing for years. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz writes that the West must now face this same reality in its fight against terror:

As bombers and gunmen targeted our buses and our shopping malls and our hotels and our colleges and our restaurants, we did two things that France, the US and the rest of the free world will have to do if they want to defeat this latest, particularly despicable Islamist terror iteration: We learned how to reduce our vulnerability to terrorism, and we tackled the killers in their centers of operation. Short-sightedly, hypocritically, and abidingly, the international community, including most of the Western world, barely understood the need for the former strategy, and castigated us for the latter.

We made it harder for terrorists to kill us by doing what those CNN experts are saying is impossible: yes, protecting all our cafes, and restaurants, and shopping malls, and hotel entrances, and buses, and every other public place where our citizens gather, with barriers and metal detectors and security guards; all these years later, suicide bombers still can’t just walk into our theaters and concert halls. We bolstered our intelligence-gathering in the viciously hostile Palestinian territories, notably including the West Bank cities from which we had withdrawn years before in the vain quest for peaceful coexistence. And to the ongoing fury of misguided critics everywhere, we built a security barrier — a mix of fences and sections of wall — so that Palestinian suicide bombers could not just drive into Israel and blow us up. We became a nation of domestic security analysts, gauging where to shop and whether or not to take the bus as we sought to minimize our exposure to the killers. And we…

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 8:54 AM  | Stand for Israel

Happy Birthday, Dudu Fisher!

Stand for Israel would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to David “Dudu” Fisher, IFCJ’s Goodwill Ambassador!

Dudu is best known for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in Israel, in London, and on Broadway. And this month, he is once again bringing his vocal talents to Branson, Missouri, in a 90-minute musical program, Jerusalem. Using music, stories, and visual effects, Fisher shares the historical and spiritual significance of the Holy City for Christians and Jews. Fisher, who was born and raised in Israel and is the son of a Holocaust survivor, loves singing about his native land and looks forward to sharing that passion with a new audience in Branson’s Caravelle Theater. Fisher has already garnered a strong fan-base with his 20 albums and regular performances with the Israel Philharmonic.

Jerusalem runs from November 2 through December 3, 2015. For more information, visit:

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 8:27 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Bans Islamist Group for Inciting Violence

(Photo: Israel Police)

(Photo: Israel Police)

One of the reasons violence against Israelis keeps occurring is the continued incitement against the Jewish state and its people. And one of the ways Israel can combat this terror is by stopping the groups that incite it. The Times of Israel’s Raoul Wootliff reports that Israel has banned the Islamic Movement, a radical organization with links to terror groups and a history of incitement:

“Any person who belongs to this organization or who provides services to it or who acts within its framework is henceforth committing a criminal offense punishable by a prison sentence,” a cabinet statement said. The move also allows for the confiscation of all property belonging to the group…

The government accused the group of stoking a wave of violence across Israel and the West Bank that has left 12 Israelis dead since October 1. Eighty-two Palestinians have been killed, including dozens who were targeted while carrying out attacks.

After the security cabinet declared the movement illegal in a meeting late Monday night, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon signed an edict banning any activity connected to the group.

Israeli security forces then carried out a series of overnight raids on the organization’s offices, seizing computers, documents and cash in regional branches across the country, the Israel Police and Shin Bet security agency said. Police also froze bank accounts linked to the organization and a number of NGOs working alongside it.


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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7:49 AM  | Stand for Israel