16
Jul

The Spiritual Solution

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

As rockets continuously rain down on Israel, the Israeli people are displaying a defiant calmness. They understand that their composure is as much a defensive measure, in its own way, as Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Code red warnings of imminent rocket attacks are heard throughout the day as people scurry to the nearest bomb shelter, hoping and praying that their loved ones have done so as well. This is the reality in Israel today. We have been here before, and though we never want to live this way again, we are prepared to live our lives despite our enemies’ attempts to disrupt and destroy us.

Every time I get in my car I hear debate after debate on the radio as pundits, politicians, and army and intelligence personnel argue about the best…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Israel / IsraelUnderFire
16
Jul

An Uneasy Summer for Young Americans in Israel

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

While Israelis suffering through this latest conflict and unending terrorist rocket fire may seem used to such chaos, those from elsewhere are less adapted to it. Max Daniel, an American spending the summer in Tel Aviv with the Jewish Agency, writes this piece for Tablet on how life is for those young people who have not grown up with terror the norm:

The mood is complex: alternately tense, frightened, anxious, optimistic, adrenaline-pumped, political, apathetic, homesick, Zionist, militaristic, and pacifist. A few have returned to the States, some are on the fence, others are soothing the worried cries of their Jewish mothers, and still others are embracing Zionism and Israel with newfound fervor.

Gathering with friends after the workday now includes discussing where you were when the sirens sounded, if you…

   
Posted in: American Jews / Gaza / Hamas
9
Jul

Standing with Israel

(Photo: flickr/ bethnudelman)

(Photo: flickr/ bethnudelman)

In the last 24 hours, 160 rockets were fired at Israel, and 23 of them were intercepted. That’s one rocket every seven minutes. It’s hard to believe that it’s really happening, but just as I’m having the thought – another siren is sounding in Israel. This is real, and there is no time for daydreaming, not when you have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter.

I’m not a political commentator and I don’t claim to be a scholar in Middle Eastern policy or foreign relations. I don’t think I have the answer to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. My knowledge of Israel doesn’t come from school, books, or lectures. It comes from the time I spend there and the friends I’ve made who call it home.

Today, I spoke with three of…

   
Posted in: 4Zion / Christina Johns / Israel
9
Jul

United As One

(Photo: flickr/IDF)
(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Israel has been dragged into another mini-war with Hamas. As rockets rain down on the southern and central part of the country, the Israeli Air Force has widened its targets to include top Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders in the Gaza Strip. Sirens have been heard in numerous cities across Israel, including in my little town. At around 10:00 last night, my wife and I heard the blaring sirens, we grabbed our three sleeping kids and – since we don’t have a bomb shelter – hunkered down with our kids on the staircase. Thank God, the rocket targeting our area caused no harm.

The situation in Israel began to deteriorate after three kidnapped Israeli teens were found murdered, and later a Palestinian boy was murdered in what is suspected to be a revenge killing. Israeli Arabs in northern Israel and Jerusalem…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Hamas / IDF
8
Jul

#GazaUnderAttack Spreads False Photos on Social Media

As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge to combat the rash of terrorist rockets being launched from Gaza, many pro-Palestinian people on social media have tried to sway public opinion against Israel by posting and tweeting photos that supposedly show the results of Israeli air strikes. The problem is, BBC News reports, many of these images are either old photos or taken in completely different locations:

Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.

Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Posted in: BBC / Gaza / Hamas