Video Recap: Anti (Semetic) Israel Protests Throughout the World

July 21st, 2014

As Israel continues its offensive against Hamas to root out the tunnel networks and restore calm and security to Israeli civilians others feel the need to release their antisemitic energy through wild protests against the Jewish state. Never mind the fact that Hamas is solely to blame for this spiraling  conflict, or that Hamas is  hiding in hospitals and schools which raises the casualty rate proportionally, yet the ugly head of Anti Semetism is in full force and using the disguise of Anti Israel fatigue. One can only feel that this is a time where the truth is irrelevant and hatred is intensifying. So far today, 62 rockets were fired from Gaza and have hit Israel. An additional 14 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

(Aliza Levine – YWN)

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Obama Says IDF Did ‘Significant Damage’ To Hamas Terrorists Infrastructure; Voices Concern About Casualties

July 21st, 2014

obanPresident Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in Gaza , as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against rockets being launched by Hamas into Israel. Yet he contended that Israel’s military action in Gaza had already done “significant damage” to the Hamas terrorist infrastructure and said he doesn’t want to see more civilians getting killed.

“We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives,” Obama said. “And that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting and can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.”

As Obama spoke from South Lawn of the White House, Kerry was flying to Cairo, where he planned to join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012. He will urge the Palestinian terrorist group to accept a cease-fire agreement offered by Egypt that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting. More than 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in that time.

The Obama administration, including Kerry, is sharpening its criticism of Hamas for its rocket attacks on Israel and other provocative acts, like tunneling under the border. It is also toning down an earlier rebuke of Israel for attacks in Gaza that have killed civilians, including children.

In a statement Sunday evening, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. and international partners were “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.”

Two Americans, Max Steinberg of California and Nissim Carmeli of Texas, who fought for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in Gaza. The State Department confirmed the names of the two U.S. citizens Sunday night.

Cairo’s cease-fire plan is backed by the U.S. and Israel. But Hamas has rejected the Egyptian plan and is relying on governments in Qatar and Turkey for an alternative proposal. Qatar and Turkey have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is also linked to Hamas but banned in Egypt.

Making the rounds of Sunday talk shows, Kerry said Hamas needs to recognize its own responsibility for the conflict.

“It’s ugly. War is ugly, and bad things are going to happen,” Kerry told ABC’s “This Week.”

Both Obama and Kerry have said Israel has a right to defend itself Kerry accused Hamas of attempting to sedate and kidnap Israelis through a network of tunnels that terrorists have used to stage cross-border raids.


Obama Urges Immediate Access to Ukraine Crash Site

July 21st, 2014

obpuPresident Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.

“We have to make sure the truth is out and accountability exists,” Obama said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House.

Obama accused the separatists of removing evidence and bodies from the site, actions that he said raise the question of “what exactly are they trying to hide?”

The White House has been seeking to pin responsibility on the separatists for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying nearly 300 people. Officials have also pointed a finger at Russia, arguing that it would be all but impossible for the insurgents to operate the sophisticated missile system needed to shoot down a passenger jet without some level of assistance from Russia.

Obama offered no new evidence Monday as to who was responsible for shooting down the plane.

Behind the scenes, the U.S. was also pressing the European Union to ratchet up economic sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The EU has so far lagged behind the U.S. with its sanctions, resisting imposing penalties that would target wide swaths of Russia’s economy.

Europe’s reluctance is in part the result of fears that sanctions on Moscow could boomerang back and hurt the continent’s economy, which has close ties to Russia. However, given the large number of Europeans killed in last week’s plane crash, U.S. officials believe the EU may be more motivated to deepen its penalties.

Obama said now is the time for Putin to “get serious” about resolving the crisis in Ukraine. If he fails to take steps to do so, Obama said the economic costs to Russia will continue to increase.


Hamas Terror Chief: Ending Gaza Blockade Is Goal

July 21st, 2014

haniyaThe top Hamas terrorist in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic terror group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, saying that the aim of the current battle is to break a 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Ismail Haniyeh’s comments came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Cairo for the highest-level cease-fire efforts since Israel-Hamas fighting erupted July 8.

More than 540 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in the past two weeks of fighting.

Last week, Egypt called for an unconditional cease-fire, to be followed by talks on easing the closure of Gaza. Israel accepted the proposal at the time, but Hamas rejected it, saying it wants guarantees first on lifting the closure.

The blockade was imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. Over the past year, Egypt has further tightened restrictions, driving Hamas into a deep financial crisis.

Haniyeh said in a televised speech Monday that “we cannot go back, we cannot go back to the silent death” of the blockade.

He said all of Gaza’s 1.7 million residents shared this demand.

“Gaza has decided to end the blockade by its blood and by its courage,” he said. “This siege, this unjust siege, must be lifted.”


Lakewood: LCSW & LPD To Host Exciting Bike Registration & Safety Event

July 21st, 2014

lcswnLakewood is gearing up to attend an exciting, first-of-its-kind event on Monday, July 21st.

LCSW, together with the Lakewood Police Department and the Rothenberg Law Firm will be hosting a bike registration and safety event in Town Square, designed to promote much needed safety awareness in a fun and exciting environment.

The event will give children the opportunity to register their bikes for free in the LPD files, an important step that deters would-be thieves from stealing bikes and then significantly aids police in recovering stolen bikes.

In addition, the event will focus on bike and pedestrian safety in general, with helmets, reflectors, bike lights, and more on sale for discounted prices.
Attendees, after registering their bikes at the event, will be able to get their tires inflated to recommended pressure and receive a demonstration on how and how often to inflate. Bike pumps will be sold at discounted prices as well.

Bike Blade and Ball will provide helmet safety and fitting demonstrations, teaching children the proper way to wear helmets in order to protect themselves against injury ch”v and helping them ensure that their helmets fit effectively.

Exciting prizes will be raffled off throughout the event, including the grand prize of a Safe Riding Package – a bike, helmet, lock and light – from Bike, Blade and Ball, and a pair of roller blades from Bike Blade and Ball. Smaller prizes, such as helmets, reflectors, bike lights, bike locks and more, will be raffled off regularly. These items and more will also be on sale by our vendors at the event, for highly discounted prices.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department will attend as well, giving out Child ID cards for free to participants. Child ID cards are a crucial safety tool for children; in the event that a child goes missing, ch”v, the ID will help expedite the search process.

Vendors and sponsors include Rothenberg Law Firm, Yated Neeman, Bright Ideas, Bike Blade and Ball, Bonky’s, DB Electronics, Ideal Insurance, Toys 4 You, Krug Orthodontist, Multicom Solutions, The Lakewood Shopper, NJ American Water, the Ocean County Sheriff Department and more.

Light refreshments will be distributed, with additional food available for purchase from vendors.

This is a mere sampling of the exciting features and programs of Monday’s upcoming event, a must for all those who care about safety and want to impart important safety ideals to their children. By doing so in a fun and engaging way, you as a parent can ensure that your children will be eager and excited to comply.

LCSW thanks Mayor Menashe Miller for working to ensure the success of this event and for all of his efforts to improve the safety of Lakewood’s citizens.
Unfortunately, Mayor Miller will not be able to attend, as he is deployed, but this event could not have been put into place without him. However, Deputy Mayor Akerman and Committeman & Police Liaison Meir Lichtenstein will be at the event to address the crowd and promote the continuous efforts of the Lakewood Township to promote safety.

All children and their families are invited to the event. Don’t forget to bring your bike along; crossing guards at nearby intersections will help attendees safely cross the street with their bikes. Event coordinators recommend that attendees walk or bike to the event, if at all possible. Otherwise please use the following municipal parking areas for parking: parking area between 3rd and 4th behind Bagel Nosh, parking area between 2nd and 3rd across from the Municipal Building.
This educational, exciting and potentially life-saving event will be held on Monday, July 21st in Lakewood’s Town Square from 4 pm to 9 pm, with a rain date of Tuesday July 22nd.

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Many Old Hamas Terror Videos Being Circulated As New

July 21st, 2014


Many users on WhatsApp have been forwarding around videos of Hamas engaging in various terrorist activities. People should be aware that many of these videos are years old.

Here are just two examples of videos being forwarded around as new:

In March, YWN published a video of an Egyptian doctor slamming Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, and placing the blame of the Palestinians on Hamas and not on Israel. While the video is great, it is being circulated as a new video. You can watch it HERE.

As a second example, there is a video of Hamas using a U.N. Ambulance in Gaza to transport terrorists around. The video was published in January of 2009. The video was ripped and reposted by a new user on YouTube just 24 hours ago.



Gaza Official Says Israeli Shells Hit Hospital

July 21st, 2014

idftankn3.jpgIsraeli tank shells struck a hospital in central Gaza on Monday, a health official and a doctor at the facility said. The health official said the shells killed at least four people and wounded 60, including 30 medical staff.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the report.

Health official Ashraf al-Kidra said 12 shells hit the Al Aqsa hospital in the town of Deir el-Balah. He said the shells landed in the administration building, the intensive care unit and the surgery department.

Live footage on Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV station showed wounded being moved on gurneys into the emergency department.

A doctor at the hospital, Fayez Zidane, told the station that shells hit the third and fourth floor as well as the reception area.

“There is still shelling against the hospital,” he said. He said he found bits of a rocket, presumably from one of the projectiles.

Zidane appealed to the Red Cross and a nearby hospital to send help.


More Studies Needed in Apparent NYPD Chokehold Death

July 21st, 2014

nypdn1The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined what caused the death of a New York City man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him.

“The cause and manner of death are pending further studies, and no findings will be released until the investigation is complete,” the city’s medical examiner’s office said in a statement released Sunday.

It was not clear when the medical examiner might issue its findings. A spokeswoman for the office declined to comment further on Monday.

Meanwhile, the fire department has barred four emergency workers from responding to 911 calls. They are employees of the Staten Island hospital where Garner was pronounced dead on Thursday. The medics’ restricted duties will remain in effect pending an investigation into their actions, fire department spokesman James Long said Sunday.

Video of the arrest shot by a bystander shows one officer wrap his arm around Garner’s neck as he is taken to the ground — arrested for allegedly selling untaxed, loose cigarettes — while Garner shouts, “I can’t breathe!”

The fire department disclosed the medics’ reassignment after a second video surfaced showing some half-dozen police officers and emergency workers circling a man who appears to be Garner lying on the sidewalk, handcuffed and unresponsive.

Long said modifying the emergency workers’ duties — which includes a notice in their state health department file that they are not to respond to medical calls — is department protocol when questions arise about a medical response and was not a reaction to the post-arrest video.

A spokeswoman for the Richmond County Medical Center, where the medics work, did not immediately respond to messages.

The restrictions on the medical personnel came a day after the police department said it reassigned Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who used the apparent chokehold on Garner, and another unidentified officer while prosecutors and internal affairs detectives investigate. Chokeholds are banned under department policy.

The department said it stripped Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran of the force, of his gun and badge.

Court records show that within the past two years, three men sued Pantaleo in federal court over allegedly unlawful, racially motivated arrests. Pantaleo did not return a telephone message.


UN Agency in Gaza Under Criticism for Handing Rockets Over to Hamas

July 21st, 2014

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A UN agency is under criticism after it handed over rockets found in a UN-funded school in Gaza to local police who are alleged to report to Hamas.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians  condemned the storing of 20 rockets in one of the schools, but instead of turning them over to a neutral party, handed them to the local police force, which was established by Hamas, the <>Times of Israel is reporting.

“The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel,” a senior Israeli official told the Times.


A spokesperson for UNRWA said the rockets, found in a vacant school, were handed over to local authorities after the bomb squad was called, as per protocol.

“According to longstanding UN practice in UN humanitarian operations worldwide, incidents involving unexploded ordnance that could endanger beneficiaries and staff are referred to the local authorities,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told The Daily

In an earlier statement, UNRWA said the incident was the first of its kind in Gaza.

“UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” a UNRWA statement said. “This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinians  in Gaza.”





PM Netanyahu Speaks with British Prime Minister David Cameron

July 21st, 2014

bicaPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron and thanked him for his support of Israel’s right to defend itself.

Prime Minister Netanyahu updated Prime Minister Cameron about the IDF operation against Hamas’s terrorist tunnels which have been dug into Israeli territory in order perpetrate large-scale terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. He emphasized that Israel had accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, the UN request for a humanitarian ceasefire and the Red Cross humanitarian ceasefire proposal, whereas Hamas rejected the Egyptian initiative and violated both the UN request and the Red Cross request.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Prime Minister Cameron that the international community must work toward the demilitarization of Gaza and pointed out that Hamas is a murderous terrorist organization that is sacrificing the residents of Gaza as human shields while Israel is making every effort to avoid hitting Gaza residents.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu’s Statement at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv

July 21st, 2014

bibnPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, issued the following statement:

“The heart of the entire nation is with the families of the fallen. We feel your pain. We bow our head to your sons who fell so that we can continue living here. On behalf of the Government and the entire People of Israel, I would like to express the deep pain that we feel. We send our condolences to the parents, children, spouses and families of the IDF soldiers who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel.

I would like to say to you that there is no war more just than that in which your sons and ours heroically fell. We will complete the mission that we have begun. We will restore quiet and security to the south, the center and the entire country.

On behalf of all of you, citizens of Israel, I would like to send best wishes for a quick recovery to all the wounded soldiers. I believe that each one of us knows someone who is participating in the campaign, and mutual guarantee is also the secret of our strength. We must be strong in difficult days such as today as well as those that are likely to come. We are in a war for our home. Our forces are currently active in the field; they are operating professionally, with determination, great strength, great firepower and great strength of spirit.

Soldiers of the IDF, I would like to tell you that the citizens of Israel are behind you and are praying for your welfare.

To the dear families, I would like to say that I am aware of your concern, we all share it. We are doing our utmost to secure the lives of our citizens and of our soldiers.

Israel did not choose to enter this campaign but from the moment it was forced on us, we will carry it out to achieve the goal of restoring quiet to Israel’s citizens for a prolonged period while inflicting a significant blow on the infrastructures of Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza. We are not deterred and we will continue to act as necessary. The current operation is necessary to for the security of Israel’s citizens.

More tunnels were discovered during last night’s action, tunnels that are added to the many others we have found, some of which had already reached Israeli territory. Hamas invested years of work and vast capital in them in order to perpetrate large-scale terrorist attacks and carry out abductions. We found handcuffs and sedatives. There is no question here. This was a strategic network for Hamas in which it had installed fortifications, electricity, cables, all in order to infiltrate, carry out large-scale attacks and kidnap.

The threat of the tunnels is not new to us. We have foiled several attempts in the past to perpetrate attacks through them, but the current operation is much broader in scope. This carries considerable risks but it is vital because if these tunnels had not been discovered, the results could have been much worse. Tunnels like those we have exposed recently could have been opened in our communities, inside kindergartens or dining halls and the results could have been deadly.

This indeed was Hamas’ plan, and we are acting against it. Just as I said at the outset of our operation against the tunnels, there is no guarantee of 100% success, but we are doing our utmost to attain the maximum, and I must say that the results that IDF soldiers have achieved thus far in the field are above predictions and beyond expectations.

In the days before we commenced ground action, we were engaged in building the diplomatic and military infrastructure for it and we did this in several areas simultaneously. First of all, we acceded to the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and also to two additional proposals, the UN proposal for a humanitarian ceasefire and the Red Cross ceasefire. These measures, along with the personal talks we held with many world leaders, built the diplomatic infrastructure thanks to which we are currently receiving international credit for the operation. This can never be taken for granted; it must be invested in.

We have received the recognition of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France and many other important countries of Israel’s right to defend itself and of our right to restore quiet and security to our communities and our citizens. A short time ago, I spoke again with US President Barack Obama and I thanked him for America’s support of Israel at this time.

Given our acceptance of the ceasefire, it cannot be claimed that it is Israel which has chosen escalation; therefore, it is Hamas that is responsible for the results of its aggression. We are making every effort not to harm the residents of Gaza, whereas Hamas is making effort so that the residents of Gaza are harmed. We regret every injury to innocents but insofar as they are harmed, Hamas – and Hamas alone – is to blame.

Hamas built two strategic networks to attack the State of Israel: Rockets and tunnels. The IDF has significantly struck at both. IDF action, both defensive and offensive, has neutralized the effectiveness of the rockets. Hamas thought that by means of this network it could break our home front, and of course Iron Dome has intercepted most of the rockets it has fired at our cities. We have invested considerable capital in it and it is proving itself.

Also, the air force has attacked and is attacking; it has destroyed missile launchers and many rocket production facilities in the Gaza Strip. Of course, the IDF is still carrying out this mission. Regarding the tunnels, the current operation has significantly damaged Hamas’s underground offensive capability against the State of Israel.

I would like to express deep appreciation to all soldiers and commanders taking part in the fighting, including the reservists who have left family and home behind and joined the campaign. I would like to express special appreciation for IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz who is leading the IDF. He asked just now to be with the men in the south, and the Defense Minister and I of course let him. We wish him, and the commanders and soldiers of the IDF, all of the success which we know the people of Israel need.

Along with the Chief-of-Staff and the Defense Minister, we are working together for the same goal and purpose. We are working shoulder-to-shoulder, according to an orderly and methodical plan, in the current battle against terrorism, which is part of our historic campaign against the terrorism that has been trying to attack us since the establishment of the state. In every battle and in every campaign, there are complex and difficult events, as there have been in this one; however, the military operation is proceeding as planned and it will be expanded as necessary – until quiet returns to Israel’s citizens.

At the outset we knew, and I also said, that this could be a long campaign but from the history of our people we know a simple truth – the eternal people do not fear a long road. We are proud of our heroic soldiers. With the Almighty’s help, and theirs, we will succeed.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Golani Soldier Sgt. Moshe Malko HY”D

July 21st, 2014

candle98.thumbnailSgt. Moshe Malko HY”D, 20, from Jerusalem, is the sixth name released of the 13 Golani soldiers killed in fighting on motzei Shabbos. The news of his death spread quickly among neighbors in the N’vei Yaakov neighborhood of the capital.

Moshe was the fourth of ten children. He spoke with his mother last on erev Shabbos, assuring her he was fine and that she has no reason to be concerned for his well being. He is survived by his parents and siblings. The levaya for Sgt. Malko will take place today at 16:00 in the Har Herzl Military Cemetery.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

The Fallen Golani Soldiers HY”D

July 21st, 2014

candle98.thumbnailThe names of the first five of the thirteen fallen Golani Brigade soldiers were released during the night. The soldiers were killed in Gaza fighting on motzei Shabbos and Sunday, 22 Tammuz.

Major Tzafrir Bar-Or HY”D
Major Bar-Or, 32, from Holon, was the deputy battalion commander. He enlisted in the Golani Brigade in 2000. He completed the training for the elite Orev unit with excellence, and felt the IDF was his home, especially Golani.

Friends explain that by nature he was a very quiet and modest individual. “If one saw him on the street, one would think he was a high school student since he looked so young” friends add.

Tzafrir was survived by his wife Sivan, who is eight months pregnant as well as a one-year-old daughter, parents and a sister. This levaya will take place today, Monday, 23 Tammuz at 13:00 in the Holon Military Beis Hachaim.

Captain Tzvi Kaplan HY”D
Captain Tzvi Kaplan, 28, from Kedumim was born and raised in Haifa. He attended the Yavne Yeshiva High School and then moved to the Bnei David IDF prepatory yeshiva in Yishuv Eli. He entered the IDF joining the elite Pulsar Golani unit. In a few weeks he was to assume his new post as company commander of one of the company’s in the Golani Brigade but he opted instead to respond to a call to fill the slot to become the new Operations Officer of the Brigade.

Kaplan and his family moved to Kibbutz Merav two years ago. Kibbutz officials report they were loved by all who knew them. They moved to bond with the land as they explained.

Tzvi is survived by his wife Adi and two sons, Elkana (5) and Nadav (3). The levaya will take place today, Monday, 23 Tammuz at 11:00 in the Haifa Military Beis Hachaim.
Sgt. Gilad Yaakobi
Sgt. Gilad Yaakobi, 21, from Kiryat Ono was a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade. He enlisted in the IDF in March 2012. He was raised in Kiryat Ono and studied math and physics in the Ben Tzvi High School. He entered a special program to improve his physical conditioning prior to entering into the IDF.

Gilad’s levaya will take place today, 23 Tammuz, at 10:00 in the Kiryat Shaul Beis Hachaim in Tel Aviv.

Sgt. Ohz Mendlowitz
Sgt. Ohz Mendlowitz, 21, from Avtalyon was a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade. His father Ofir was a company commander in Golani as well. Ofir told the media “I had a bad feeling”. On Sunday he travelled by train to Asheklon and then took rides to Netivot until he found Ohz’s company. When he found Ohz he received a big smile and they hugged. Before leaving Mr. Mendlowitz told Ohz “Let’s take a photo together with your chevra. Then I changed my mind and said forget it. We hugged and said ‘shalom’. I got my composure back and left, the last time I saw him”.

Ohz is survived by his parents and a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old brother. Ohz’s levaya will take place on Monday, 23 Tammuz at 18:00 in the Misgav Beis Hachaim.

Sgt. Nissim (Sean) Karmeli
Sgt. Nissim (Sean) Karmeli, 21, from Ra’anana was a lone soldier. He was originally from Texas. He moved to Israel at the age of 16, joining other siblings in Israel.

Nissim is survived by his parents and two siblings. Details of his levaya to be announced.











From left to right:

Sgt. Mendlowitz, Sgt. Karmeli, Major Bar-Or, Captain Kaplan, Sgt. Yaakobi HY”D    - יהי זכרום ברוך



(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

UN Chief Calls IDF Operation In Shejaiya ‘Atrocious Actions’

July 20th, 2014

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges Israel to “exercise maximum restraint” and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, where the reported Palestinian death toll on Sunday alone passed 100.

He also condemns the “atrocious action” of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, where a blistering assault that started at dawn killed 62 people and wounded at least 250.

The United Nations chief makes his remarks in Doha, Qatar at the start of a regional trip aimed at pushing for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“While I was en route to Doha, dozens more civilians, including children had been killed in Israeli military strikes in Shejaiya. I condemn this atrocious action,” he tells a news conference.

“Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians,” he says, adding that it also “must respect the humanitarian law” as it presses ahead with a deadly offensive that began on July 8.

“Too many innocent people are dying…(and) living in constant fear” in the narrow coastal strip controlled by Hamas, he says.

“Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now,” says Ban, adding that beyond a ceasefire the “root causes of the conflict” must be addressed.


Fallen Soldier Mourned in Texas Home Town

July 20th, 2014


The Jewish community of South Padre Island, Texas, is mourning the loss of native-born Sgt. Sean Carmeli, one of thirteen soldiers from the Golani brigade who died in battle overnight in the Shejaiyah section of Gaza City.

Sean, known in Hebrew as Nissim, was born to Israeli parents—Alon and Dalya Carmeli—who had moved to the island in pursuit of business opportunities. With time, along with his parents and two sisters, he reconnected with his Jewish roots and began living a Torah lifestyle.

“Sean was a gentle kind boy,” says Rabbi Asher Hecht, director of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley, who met the boy in summer of 2006 when he and a friend ran a day camp for local Jewish children. “He was the oldest of the local boys in our camp and was a sweet and kind example to everyone else.”

The Carmelis were leaders in the religious awakening that took place in the community during the first decade of the millennium. Within a few years, community members constructed a synagogue, hired a rabbi, and almost all of the members of the tight-knit community observe Torah and mitzvot.

Alon Carmeli purchased the community’s first Torah scroll and dedicated the synagogue in memory of his father-in-law, Nissim Buganim, after whom his son was named.

After spending his summers in the Chabad day- and overnight camps, Sean’s parents saw that their children were growing up without many Jewish friends and made the decision to move back to Israel, said Hecht. Sean, who held dual U.S and Israeli citizenship, completed high school in Ra’anana and went on to join the army where he served with honor and distinction in the Golani Brigade.

“Just before it was time for him to enter the army, Sean made a decision to spend some time in a yeshivah,” recalled Hecht.

“On a visit to Israel, my wife and I met up with Sean in the Old City in Jerusalemwhere he was studying, and he told us just how excited and happy he was to be able to dedicate this important time in his life to Torah study, hoping that it would open his horizons and give him the right perspective before starting his army service and influence his life as a proud Jew.”

Hecht relates that when Sean was called up, his superior told him that he did not need to go to the front because of a wound on his foot. Sean, however, insisted on accompanying his comrades into Gaza.

“Sean Carmeli is a hero of the Jewish people,” said Hecht. “Like Rabbi Akivaand so many others before him, he gave his life to protect the survival of the Jewish people.”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Or and Gal.


Germany Honors Officers Who Tried to Kill Hitler YM”S

July 20th, 2014

holGermany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler YM”S 70 years ago. The plot – portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie “Valkyrie” – helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.

In a somber ceremony, President Joachim Gauck called the July 20, 1944, bombing of Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair headquarters in Eastern Prussia a “significant day in German history” for showing the world that there were Germans who opposed the Nazi regime.

“It was from this legacy that the newly founded Federal Republic, once it belatedly recognized the significance of the military resistance, was able to draw legitimacy,” Gauck said.

Hitler survived the bombing and was able to continue his military campaign to conquer Europe and eradicate the continent’s Jewish population for another year.

Four officers including Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg were executed without trial within hours of the failed assassination. Some 200 supporters were killed later or driven to suicide.

While the July 20 conspirators were among the most prominent examples of German resistance against the Nazis, historians have sought in recent years to highlight other, lesser-known men and women who opposed the regime.

“Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg has become a symbol of the resistance. The broader public hardly knows the names of the many others,” said Linda von Keyserlingk, a historian at Germany’s Military History Museum in Dresden, which recently opened a new exhibition about the July 20 plot.

Earlier this month Germany’s Foreign Ministry honored Ilse Stoebe, who worked at the ministry during the war and tried to warn the Soviet Union of Hitler’s plans to attack it. She was executed in 1942.


Chicago: Anti-Jewish Leaflets Found On Cars On NW Side

July 20th, 2014

cpdSeveral vehicles in the Pulaski Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said.

Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets on Saturday on the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The leaflets were found on the windshields of the vehicles, said Estrada.

According to residents in the area, the leaflets made threats to Jewish people in connection with the conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The leaflets threaten violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, according to residents and police.

The war has left scores of Palestinians as well as more than a dozen Israeli soldiers dead.

The Chicago Police Department’s Hate Crime unit has been notified and area north detectives are investigating.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

BREAKING UPDATE: IDF Denies Hamas Claim To Have Kidnapped A Soldier

July 20th, 2014

ywbn1The Times of Israel is reporting that the IDF  categorically denies Hamas claim to have kidnapped a soldier. Haaretz quotes IDF sources which said that the Hamas claim sounded dubious and the chances that Hamas was holding an IDF soldier were slim.

Ma’an News agency based in Gaza is quoting the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, which is claiming to have captured an IDF soldier during the fighting in Gaza. Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the Brigades said in a speech tonight that the “resistance captured a soldier named Shaul Aaron during the battles with Israeli soldiers”.

Following this report there was singing and dancing in the streets of Gaza, with the usual celebratory gunfire heard.

This report has been tweeted by multiple major news reporter, as well as numerous news agencies around the globe.

(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)