A United Fight Against Terrorism

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

In the first few weeks of 2015, the world has already seen several horrific terror attacks, including last week’s devastating terror attacks in Paris by radical Islamists. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, The Fellowship‘s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein says that through the tragedy, she also has hope that the world’s response is the start of a united fight against terrorism:

The free world ended 2014 with prayers for new beginnings and hope for a change of direction from the violent path it was heading in. Despite the evil in our midst, none of us is ready to give up trying to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. The Jewish people especially has experienced many catastrophes throughout history, yet we have never raised our white flag in defeat, and we’re…

Posted in: Islamists / Muslim / Paris

The Media’s Reaction to the Paris Terror Attacks

(Photo: flickr/flo59)

(Photo: flickr/flo59)

Some in the media reacted to last week’s terrorist attacks in France by adopting the self-defeating narrative all too common in liberal circles. Especially in light of the attacks on the kosher supermarket, left-leaning media outlets felt it necessary to diffuse any sympathy or solidarity for France’s Jewish community.

CNN told its viewers that the attack on the kosher supermarket might not have been motivated by anti-Semitism. How could anyone conclude that an Islamist attack on a kosher market, in a predominately Jewish neighborhood, during Friday afternoon hours –when Jews do their pre-Sabbath grocery shopping – be motivated by anti-Semitism?

Meanwhile, a BBC reporter didn’t pretend was not motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead, he tried to justify it. While interviewing a Jewish French woman during the rally in Paris, BBC’s Tom Wilcox responded to her concern

Posted in: Ami Farkas / Charlie Hebdo / france

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

Remembering Steven

(Photo: facebook)

(Photo: facebook)

Ever since the video of American journalist Steven Sotloff’s beheading became public, I have not been able to shake the image of Steven kneeling before the camera in an orange jumpsuit, as a knife-wielding psychopath dressed in black threatens the free world before murdering an innocent man against the backdrop of a desert landscape. I was shocked and deeply disturbed when the beheading of the other American journalist, James Foley, came out, but something about the images of Steven Sotloff’s murder at the hands of ISIS refused to leave my mind.

I had this gut feeling that I must have met Steven at one time, but I couldn’t remember where or when. The truth is, though I’m certain I never met James Foley, I feel like I know him. We both grew up in the…

Posted in: Ami Farkas / IS / ISIS

Video: Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Terrorist Rockets at Once

In the above video, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system does its job, intercepting 15 terrorist rockets as sirens wail and residents look skyward. We thank God for the protection He has granted the Holy Land and its people during this terrifying time.

Posted in: IDF / Iron Dome / Israel