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
7
Jul

Using Social Media to Unite

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

The world waited as the search for three kidnapped Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel – lasted for over two weeks. And now the world mourns with the three boys’ families, after learning that they were murdered. Throughout, social media has connected those around the globe – in hope, in grief, in prayer. Writing for The Algemeiner, Anav Silverman looks at the effect social media had and has on the three boys’ kidnapping and killing:

The online campaign, which went viral, garnered millions of hits with supportive tweets from such personalities as Gal Gadot, Matisyahu, Bar Refaeli, European parliamentarians, and U.S. congressmen …

“In reality, our collective efforts in the Bring Back Our Children campaigns achieved an important result: we managed to make people of…

   
Posted in: Algemeiner / Anav Silverman / EyalGiladNaftali
7
Jul

Students Take Exams Amid Falling Rockets

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

As terrorist rockets rain down on southern Israel, life still goes on for the people who live there. The Jerusalem Post reports on the students who are still taking their exams despite the rocket attacks, and on how The Fellowship is helping the region’s children and other residents during this difficult time:

“The matriculation exam was stressful – both because of the material and also because of the Kassams [rockets]. If there wasn’t a threat of a Code Red siren it would much less stressful,” said Aviv Levy, a 10th-grade student from Sderot who took the matriculation exam in communications on Thursday morning.

Levy said that just prior to the start of the exam the siren sounded.

“We received instructions from teachers beforehand on how to act and how to stay calm,…

   
Posted in: education / Israel / Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
2
Jul

Parents Eulogize Murdered Sons: “We’ll Learn to Sing Without You”

(Photo: screenshot/ Channel 2)

(Photo: screenshot/ Channel 2)

Before Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel were eulogized by Israel’s public figures and buried side-by-side, the murdered teens were remembered at separate services in their respective hometowns. While the grief that the boys’ parents must be experiencing is unfathomable, the eulogies each gave for their lost sons were as eloquent and full of faith as they were heartbreaking:

“Rest in peace, my son,” Rachelle Frenkel said, standing in front of her son’s flag-draped body. “We’ll learn to sing without you. We’ll always hear your voice inside.”

Ofir Shaar found strength as he addressed Gilad:

“My prayer shawl is orphaned, it envelopes your untarnished body before you are buried in the soil of the Israel you so loved. You are part of the family of Israel. Your final message and your ascension…

   
Posted in: EyalGiladNaftali / funeral / Israel