App Offers Real-Time Updates About Rocket Attacks on Israel

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(Photo: itunes)

The Yo! app was originally created as an April Fool’s joke, but now it’s being used for deadly serious purposes – to alert people worldwide whenever a rocket is fired at Israel.

Developed by an Israeli team, Yo! is now partnering with the Red Alert: Israel app that became popular during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, sounding a warning whenever a rocket was fired at Israel:

Now, in 2014, with the Israeli military (IDF) embarking on what could be a long-term campaign against Hamas, missiles and rockets are likely to continue falling on Israel’s south, and perhaps center, as well — and Red Alert: Israel has gained renewed popularity, not only among residents of the south, said Sprung [Red Alert co-creator], but among supporters of Israel abroad.

In an effort to get the information about what is going on in Israel to even more people, said Sprung, he and Snir [Sprung’s partner] have teamed up with the people at Yo!, the “joke app” that made headlines a few weeks ago when it raised a million dollars from investors. In an example of how “socially redeeming” Yo! can be, users of the app who subscribe to updates from Red Alert: Israel will get a “Yo!” every time a warning is sounded anywhere in Israel, said Sprung.

The Red Alert: Israel platform (for iOS and Android) “has turned into a way for people throughout Israel and around the world to show their empathy for Israel,” Sprung told The Times of Israel. “People who have relatives and friends in the affected areas who want real-time updates on what is happening have been downloading the app, as have many people around the world. Our servers have been overloaded with download requests over the past several days.”

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 1:23 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Sirens Sound in Southern Israel, at Least One Rocket Strikes

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

With more than two hours remaining on the current ceasefire, Arutz Sheva reports that the truce has been broken by a barrage of rockets fired into Israel:

Sirens sounded in southern Israel after 9:00 p.m. and at least one rocket that was fired from Gaza exploded harmlessly in the Hof Ashkelon area. Sirens were reported in Hof Ashkelon, Lachish, and the Eshkol regions, as Hamas terrorists broke the truce with Israel more than two hours before it was scheduled to end.

Thousands of IDF reservists were deployed to the Gaza front Wednesday, reported Israel Hayom, which said that the deployment is in preparation for a possible resumption of hostilities …

The Israeli delegation to the talks flew home Wednesday evening. The Palestinian team is scheduled to hold a press conference at 9:30 p.m. local time.

Some Palestinian and Egyptian sources said Hamas had toughened its positions, apparently on the instructions of its kingpin Khaled Meshaal. Israeli sources said that the talks are “stuck” and estimated that Israel is preparing for a resumption of fighting.

Please pray for God’s protection over those in danger as these terrorist attacks begin again.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 2:36 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Attacks Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

This video from the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry shows rockets being fired at the border crossing through which Israel delivers humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Because of the rocket attacks yesterday, the border was closed and deliveries of aid were stopped. Yet again, this shows that while Israel is trying to help the people of Gaza – even as the Jewish state defends its own people during this conflict – the terrorists of Hamas have no regard for the people who they claim to represent.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Six Injured, Three Seriously, by Mortar Attack



While the Iron Dome defense system has done well protecting the people of Israel from terrorist rocket attacks, it can do little against the shorter-range mortar rounds launched on southern Israel from Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports that terrorists fired a mortar round into southern Israel today, causing serious injuries:

Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when a mortar shell fired by Gaza terrorists struck the Eshkol region Thursday evening.

The casualties were evacuated by helicopter to Soroka and Tel Hashomer hospitals.

Earlier Thursday, residents of the Shaar Hanegev region were warned of a possible infiltration and asked to stay inside their homes.

Hamas terrorists fired rockets at Gush Dan at 6:00 pm Thursday, sparking “code red” sirens in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel, Givatayim, Ramat Gan and Ramat Ef’al.

The Fellowship continues to do all that it can to aid the residents of southern Israel, and we thank our friends and supporters for your love and generosity in helping us do so.

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

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 12:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

U.S. Suspends Flights to Israel

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(Photo: flickr/nico_)

Due to the continued rocket attacks from Gaza – including one where shrapnel damaged a home near Ben Gurion Airport – the United States has suspended flights for at least 24 hours, with some airlines putting flights on hold indefinitely:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration barred flights to Israel Tuesday evening for 24 hours, citing security concerns.

The notice came after U.S. airline Delta said it was indefinitely suspending flights between the United States and Israel.

 U.S. Airways also announced it was suspending flights, but only until Thursday.

The moves were announced hours after shrapnel from a rocket damaged a home in the central Israeli town of Yehud, which abuts Israel’s main international airport.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 12:07 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Do Not Be Terrified

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. (Deuteronomy 7:21)

As Israel continues its ground campaign against Gaza terrorists, please pray that God will give His people the strength and courage they need during these trying times, and that He will protect the brave men and women of the IDF fighting to protect the country they love. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 1:40 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking: IDF Begins Ground Incursion into Gaza

Photo: IDF

Photo: IDF

IDF ground forces have begun moving into the Gaza Strip with the purpose of destroying Gazan terror tunnels leading into Israel, the prime minister’s office confirmed Thursday:

“Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.

Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on Thursday night.

The IDF said that the operation will involve infantry, engineering corps, and tank units combined with air force and naval support and intelligence.

Thank you for keeping Israel in your prayers as she continues to fight for her safety.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 3:02 PM  | Stand For Israel

Missiles Found in School in Gaza

UNRWA-logo-212x300About 20 rockets were found in a Gaza school operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Wednesday. The rockets were found during a routine inspection, and confirm — once again — the claim that Hamas and other terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons: 

“Yet again, Gaza terrorists abuse UN facilities to carry out their violent activities. Hamas and other terror groups are determined to put civilians in harm’s way and will respect nothing in their violent frenzy,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told The Times of Israel. “We expect the UN and the international community to condemn and to act strongly against this brazen violation of international humanitarian law, which endangers children and UN humanitarian activities.”

This incident was “the first of its kind in Gaza,” the organization said, adding that it “endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza.”

UNRWA informed all officials immediately after discovering the rockets, and “successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.”

Officials from the agency, which has a reputation in Jerusalem of being exceedingly critical of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians, have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry. They have apologized to Israel for the incident, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said.


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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 2:30 PM  | Stand For Israel

The Palestinian “Genocide” Lie

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel (Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, recently condemned Israel for committing “genocide” in Gaza, a viewpoint that has also been prevalent on social media in recent days. Jonah Goldberg, writing at the National Review, says that while this is a popular talking point, it’s also a blatant lie:

On the one hand, the Israeli military is supposed to be ruthlessly competent and determined to wipe out the Palestinians. On the other, the Palestinian population has grown more than 100 percent since 1970. The population in the Gaza Strip has grown nearly threefold since 1990. The Palestinians themselves expect the population to double over the next two decades. “Genocide” is a loaded political term, but under any remotely reasonable definition, shouldn’t those numbers be going the other way?

It’s just a hunch, but if the Israelis wanted to wipe out as many Palestinians as possible, never mind commit genocide, they probably wouldn’t issue warnings to Gazans (by phone and leaflet) to get out of harm’s way. Nor would Israel continue to allow hundreds of trucks of food and medical aid to enter Gaza even as hundreds of rockets leave Gaza.

And if Hamas were chiefly concerned with protecting Palestinian lives, it would not implore Gazans to stay in their homes — serving as human shields and inflating the body count as a propaganda prop to increase international pressure on Israel.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli Killed by Gaza Mortar Fire

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

While the Iron Dome has protected Israel and her people thus far, Yediot Achronot has just reported the first Israeli death since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge:

An Israeli man succumbed to his wounds after being hit by mortar fire from Gaza near the Erez border crossing. The incident marks the first Israeli death since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

Gaza militants launched a heavy barrage of rockets on central and southern Israel before 7 pm on Tuesday evening. Code Red sirens wailed from Netivot to Be’er Sheva, while Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over the skies of Tel Aviv. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for four M-75 rockets fire on Tel Aviv.

We pray for God’s comfort for this man’s loved ones, as well as for His continued protection over all of Israel.

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