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Over at Israellycool, a former Israeli solider reflects on his time in the IDF, and the brutal killing of IDF soldier Eden Atias, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist yesterday while sleeping on a bus:
You are bone-weary and finally, deliriously, blissfully, on the way home – just another kid who wants to tell mom and dad about his week. You picture yourself walking through the front door of your family home in just a few short hours, as you’ve done thousands of times in your short life. Your senses are attuned not the sounds of gun or tank fire and the smell of cordite and diesel, but to the comforting sounds of the voices of family and friends, and the comforting smells of your favorite comfort foods.
And then you are asleep – a deep sleep that will only be interrupted by the sounds of the bus arriving at its destination, the sounds of your fellow passengers rising to gather their belongings and get off the bus.
Unless you are Eden Atias (HY”D) of Nazrat Illit.
Eden Atias who was only 19 years old.
Eden Atias who was only 3 months into his army service.
Eden Atias whose alef uniform hadn’t yet had the opportunity to earn any insignia.
Eden Atias whose alef uniform still probably had the crease from the factory.
Eden Atias who never got to walk off the bus under his own power.
Eden Atias who was buried tonight.
Read the entire post, and please don’t forget to keep the grieving family of Eden Atias in your prayers today, and in the difficult months to come.Comments (5) »
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Stand For Israel
We have previously posted about the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Yasser Arafat. In November of 2004, Arafat fell ill, slipped into a coma and – after being airlifted to a hospital in Paris – died. Doctors said he died of a massive stroke, but the cause of his illness was not made public by Palestinian officials. Speculation inside Israel – and we’ve seen nothing but speculation – is that he died of complications from a disease that the Palestinian leadership might have found embarrassing, such as HIV/AIDS.But Palestinian officials have maintained that Arafat was poisoned by Israel. Now, a Swiss team of nuclear “experts” has found traces of polonium – a radioactive element used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II – in the remains of the arch-terrorist which were exhumed at the behest of his widow. The theory is that the Israelis somehow got polonium into Arafat’s system, he took ill, and died.
The problem is that they found a LOT of polonium in Arafat’s body (see the post linked above). The amount found – even with the element’s rate of decay factored in – suggests that Arafat would have died far more quickly than he actually did. There is also no proof that, if Arafat was indeed poisoned, Israel was involved. Neither is there a motive, as the IDF had Arafat safely contained inside his compound in Ramallah. And, had Israel wanted him dead, they would have been totally justified in employing a targeted assassination – as was done to Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – since Arafat had more blood on his hands than anyone.
So this claim can be filed under one of our favorite categories: the Long and Utterly Fictitious Arm of the Mossad (the same folks who recently brought you the terrible Lebanese Spying Eagle)!
Might the polonium have been planted in Arafat’s corpse after his death, by aides keen on blaming his demise on Israel? Or perhaps Arafat himself was inherently radioactive (a…Read More » Comments (9) »
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel
There’s a major Middle East story playing out right here in our own backyard.
In 1995, a woman named Rasmieh Yousef Odeh left Jordan and came to the United States, where she settled in Chicago and, in 2004, became a U.S. citizen. Before going to Jordan in 1980, she was in an Israeli prison for her participation in a 1969 bombing of a supermarket in Jerusalem. The 66-year-old Odeh was, at the time, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. According to the report in the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. government says that Ms. Odeh lied on her immigration documents by failing to disclose that she was a convicted, violent terrorist – probably because she was aware that we don’t typically welcome such folks into the United States.
Now that she has been found out, the authorities are in the process of deporting her. And that’s where the story gets really interesting.
The same article in the Tribune contains this gem:
“It’s an escalation of attacks on our community. … We’re very, very angry,” Hatem Abudayyeh, leader of the pro-Palestine group Committee to Stop FBI Repression, said outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. “This is a community under siege, and now a 66-year-old woman is under siege from this federal government.”
First of all, if Mr. Abudayyeh wants to see what a community under siege looks like, he should visit some of his Palestinian brothers and sisters under bombardment by Arab Muslim Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Second, Ms. Odeh’s case has nothing to do with a minority community being under siege. It has to do with a convicted murderer lying about her past in order to get into our country. And, regardless of the background of the convicted murderer, we don’t take kindly to that.
Third, and most troublesome, is the fact that anyone would rally around this woman who killed innocent people and then lied about it to get into the country. This is indicative of a fundamental problem: While the…Read More » Comments (17) »
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 6:52 AM | Stand For Israel
With reports out from human rights organizations decrying American use of drones to target and kill terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere, Max Boot writes in Commentary that – contrary to the complaints of Amnesty International and the like – drones are a shining example of American morality rather than an indictment of it:
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That is not an argument for going back to the crude carpet bombing of World War II days. Drone strikes are a better instrument for the War on Terror. But it is crazy to attack drone strikes for their supposed immorality when they are the most precise and therefore the most humane type of warfare ever waged.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 AM | Stand For Israel
Israel Glick, father of the girl who was injured in the attack, described the harrowing event in his own words during an interview with Army Radio.
“We went outside and found Noam standing and she told me ‘father there’s an Arab here.’ I realized that this was a security incident and a nightmare, this is the scariest thing that could happen to a family, that a terrorist wants to break inside our home, then I pulled Noam into the house. Noam surprised the terrorist and actually scared him so that instead of entering our house – he shot her. ”
After the attack was reported, the IDF’s Binyamin Division entered the area with large forces to search for the suspect.
West Bank police said the girl was playing in the yard of her house when she was hit by a shot to the upper body. The girl was rushed from the scene to the hospital in Jerusalem. She was lightly wounded, hospital officials said.
Please pray today for the swift recovery of this girl, and for safety for all the people of Israel.
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Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:27 AM | Stand For Israel
A suicide bombing at a Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed 85 people yesterday. Fox News reports:
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshipers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday.
The attack on the All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar, which also wounded over 140 people, occurred as worshipers were leaving after service to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn.
Members of a Pakistani Taliban wing immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly church blast. While many Pakistani citizens have condemned the attack, the reality is that Christians have long faced discrimination in this country which is 96% Muslim. Still, never in such a massively brutal way. As a result, Christians have begun protesting around the country, blocking roads, burning tires, and demanding protection for religious minorities.Comments (14) »
Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 1:55 PM | Stand For Israel
On Friday, Israel Air Force Sgt. Tomer Hazan was murdered by a Palestinian man with whom he worked at a restaurant in the Israeli coastal town of Bat Yam, a southern suburb of Tel Aviv. The now-confessed murderer, Nidal Amar, appears to have lured Hazan to a village near Qalqilya where he strangled him and threw his body in a well – details weren’t available yet at the time writing as to how the soldier was “lured.” Amar’s intent was to then trade Hazan’s body back to the Israelis in exchange for the release of Amar’s brother, who is in an Israeli prison for multiple convictions on terror-related charges.
It’s impossible to know what made Amar think he could possibly get away with his crime or benefit from it in the way he intended. The plan is truly boneheaded – look no further than the fact that it took Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service less than 24-hours to track down the culprit. But it’s not at all mysterious as to where he got the idea. Unfortunately, Israel gave it to him. (more…)Comments (37) »
Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Stand For Israel
Rick Richman, writing at Commentary magazine, has an absolute must-read in which notes that bribing the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table by releasing a host of terrorist murderers is only the latest in a long line of problems:
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The new poll demonstrates Israelis are unwilling to trade land in the heart of Eretz Yisrael for the magic beans of an agreement that depends on reversible declarations, guarantees, and arrangements, signed with a Palestinian “leadership” that hasn’t stood election since 2005 and can’t set foot in half the putative state.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Stand For Israel
Many of us are rightly disgusted by the utterly predictable displays of joy emanating from the Palestinian territories over the release of 26 craven murderers. For relatives of the now-free terrorists, a quiet and reserved happiness would make sense. But the outpouring of public euphoria at the homecoming of a bunch of people whose singular accomplishments would make them outcasts in virtually every other society on earth? Most of us either shake our heads or seethe.
Adding to the disgraceful behavior of the terror groups that dominate Palestinian life were the rocket attacks on southern Israel emanating from Gaza. And therein lies an important truth that all friends of Israel need to understand: Those rockets may have been aimed at Israel, but the other intended target was Palestinian public opinion.
In the utterly nonsensical world that is Palestinian politics, it’s a big deal that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could deliver a prisoner release. These prisoners had been incarcerated — most of them for especially long periods of time — and convicted of especially heinous crimes. In the fever swamps of Ramallah, that’s the biggest fish you can catch. The only comparable act of bravery and honor is engaging in “resistance” and/or “martyrdom” against the Zionist enemy. So, as Abbas gets his moment to bask in the glow of a major political success, the Hamas terrorists who run Gaza launch a few rockets, threaten some little kids in southern Israel, and score some points with the masses.
The sickness here is so depraved, so backwards, that it defies description. How is Israel expected to make peace with the leaders of a society that venerates people like this? Contra U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, it’s hard to shake the nagging feeling that we’re further away from peace today than we were yesterday.Comments (24) »
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 7:27 AM | Stand For Israel
In this morning’s SFI Daily Dispatch, we include a link to a Jerusalem Post article describing the crimes of each of the terrorists being released by Israel this evening. Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary magazine, points out t
hat this awful list, the fact that it was these criminals that the Palestinian Authority most wanted freed, and the heroic reception they are certain to get, makes peace less – not more – likely:
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The details of the crimes committed by these Palestinians are painful to read. But just as painful for Israelis is the way they are being lauded as “freedom fighters” by the same Palestinian Authority that they are told is the Jewish state’s peace partner. That the PA is also saying that none of these killers will be deported or at least sent into relative isolation in Gaza is also chilling. The Palestinian reaction to their release is conclusive evidence that the culture of violence that makes such terrorist acts acceptable has not sufficiently been altered in order to make peace possible.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 6:51 AM | Stand For Israel