Bon Jovi Dedicates Song to Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/Bodzio16)

(Photo: wikicommons/Bodzio16)

This past Saturday, even as the Holy Land was gripped in terror from the ongoing violence facing its people, singer Jon Bon Jovi not only played his first concert in Israel, but also, The Times of Israel reports, dedicated a new song to the nation’s people:

Jon Bon Jovi’s kicked off his band’s first-ever performance in Israel Saturday evening by telling 50,000 cheering Israelis “I’ve waited a long time for this!”

A few songs…

Posted in: Arts / Israel / Jon Bon Jovi

Reliving Tragedy on 9/11

(Photo: wikicommons/TonyTheTiger)

(Photo: wikicommons/TonyTheTiger)

Today, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, we remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives. Writing for Tablet, a former intern at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum talks about how under the weight of history, memories can become holy:

I heard Sept. 11 through the voice of firefighters, widows, and teenagers. I heard it from bankers who almost fell through a window as they watched the plane hit their tower. I heard it from burn victims, from rescue workers, from architects. I heard it from artists. I heard it from New Yorkers who resented the tourists that came to gawk at the hole in the ground.

There is the plot that we remember. People who returned from the Trade Center with only blisters and a…

Posted in: 9/11 / Julia Bosson / memory

The Internet Is the Middle East’s Next Battleground

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

While Israel is prepared for military attacks from all sides, there is another type of attack that is occurring with more and more frequency. Tablet’s Benjamin Runkle reports on how terrorists are using cyber attacks to target Israel, the U.S., and the rest of the world:

For the past year, the attention of policymakers and pundits following the Middle East has been absorbed with the twin problems of Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamic State. At the same time, however, another threat emanating from the region has quietly metastasized with potentially significant repercussions for America and its allies. Consider that since June 1:

• The U.S. Army’s public website was taken offline due to a Distributed Denial of Service attack by Syrian hackers;

• Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly confirmed that Hezbollah was…

Posted in: Benjamin Runkle / cyber attacks / internet

What Distinguishes Us from Our Enemies



Last week, violence erupted in Israel once again. But this time the perpetrators were not Muslim extremists.

In one incident, a knife-wielding lunatic attacked demonstrators at the Gay Parade in Jerusalem, leaving one sixteen-year-old girl dead and several others wounded. The perpetrator was a Jew who just gotten out of jail after serving a ten-year sentence for attacking demonstrators at a 2005 Gay Parade.

In another horrific act of terror, Jewish extremists firebombed a Palestinian home in the West Bank and a toddler was burned to death.

The fact that these horrific acts of terror were carried out by Jews shocked our country. We’re used to hearing about Muslim terror, not Jewish terror. This news made every Israeli shudder in anger and disgust.

Over the weekend, thousands of Israelis demonstrated against this latest wave of violence perpetrated by our own brethren….

Posted in: 4Zion / Ami Farkas / Israel

Continue or Abort? You Decide!

During Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did its best to defend Israel’s citizens from Hamas’ terrorism. But even when their missions involved stopping rockets from being launched or terrorists from attacking, IDF soldiers and pilots were faced with difficult ethical decisions. Watch (and interact with) the above video to see how the Israeli military made moral decisions while defending its nation and people.

Posted in: Hamas / IDF / interactive