20
Nov

How American College Students React to ISIS, Israeli Flags

How do you think students on a college campus would react to someone waving an ISIS flag and proclaiming the glory of the Islamic State? How would they react to someone waving an Israeli flag? You might be surprised at the results captured in this short film by filmmaker Ami Horowitz.

Posted in: Ami Horowitz / Berkeley / College
10
Nov

Documentary Looks at Lives of IDF Soldiers

This new documentary follows five diverse Israeli soldiers during their first year of service, a fascinating look at the Israel Defense Forces – and an attempt by the filmmakers to offer a more accurate and positive public impression of the Israeli military. The film is being screened on more than 100 college campuses across the U.S. Wish we could see it too!

Posted in: Beneath the Helmet / Documentary / IDF
10
Nov

Responding to Terror

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

You have to hand it to the Palestinians – they sure can turn almost anything into a weapon of terror. And so begins a new phase in the terrorist war against Israel – one in which motor vehicles are the weapon of choice. Following the second vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem in two weeks, Palestinians starting posting cartoons of vehicles portrayed as rockets online and have termed the latest round of attacks against Jews the “Car Intifada.”

A dear friend of mine received a call on Wednesday. Her husband was on his way home in Jerusalem, when a car driven by a Palestinian terrorist rammed into his rear bumper. This is the second time in less than two weeks that someone I know has been a target of a terror attack.

Without a doubt, we…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / intifada / Israel
7
Nov

Israeli Students Find Affordable Housing in Shipping Container Apartments

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

The price of higher education keeps rising, while the costs of student housing are never far behind. The Washington Post’s Ruth Eglash reports on Israeli students who are cutting these costs by living in shipping containers that have been converted into apartments:

What to do with rusty old shipping containers no longer fit to haul goods across the high seas?

Here in this southern Israeli town, they have been cleaned of rust, given a lick of paint and recycled into a chic but cheap living space, replete with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and bathroom. Stacked atop one another, the worn boxes now constitute Israel’s first student village made solely of retired shipping containers.

Israel is not the first place to realize the value of the containers. Across the United States and Europe and…

   
Posted in: higher education / housing / Israel
5
Nov

Throwing Stones

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

A close friend asked to borrow my car the other night. His vehicle was in the shop with a smashed windshield after a group of Palestinians bombarded it with stones as he was driving home down a windy road in northern Samaria – just a 20-minute drive from our neighborhood – after having led a Bible class. Though a flurry of stones crashed through his windshield he was not hurt, and in synagogue this Sabbath he thanked God for saving him from injury, or worse.

These stone-throwing incidents are occurring more frequently and are extremely dangerous. Another friend of mine lost his eye when he was hit by a stone while driving, and other less fortunate victims of such attacks have lost their lives. The situation in Israel is heated, as the Palestinian population…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / Israel / Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu