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Monday, Oct. 29 ’12, Cheshvan 13, 5773
1. DAILY HUMILIATION CONTINUES: 18 ROCKETS SINCE MIDNIGHT 2. 240 ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL ON ‘DOVE’S WINGS’
3. ISRAELI FLAG MISSING IN DENMARK DIVERSITY EVENT 4. DISENGAGEMENT GENERAL: STOP CARRYING GAZA ON OUR BACK 5. 3-DAY JERUSALEM HOUSING FAIR IN USA 6. IAF AIRSTRIKES TARGET TERROR SITES IN GAZA 7. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOW ADOLF EICHMANN WAS CAUGHT 8. HOME OF MOHAMMED’S WIFE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC TOILET
1. DAILY HUMILIATION CONTINUES: 18 ROCKETS SINCE MIDNIGHT by Gil Ronen
Gaza terrorists fired 18 rockets at southern Israel Monday, with the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement saying it was revenge after an IAF air raid killed one of their men.
“At least 18 rockets were fired at Israeli territory, without causing injuries or damage,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, saying the count was from midnight.
Monday’s barrage of rocket fire followed hot on the heels of two late-night Israeli air strikes which did not cause any injuries, Arab sources said.
Although Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades did not say how many rockets it had fired, it named at least five locations in southern Israel where it claimed it had targeted “military sites” – Sufa, Kissufim, Beeri, Yad Mordechai and Nahal Oz. All five locations are civilian communities. No casualties or damage were reported.
The terror group also posted a grainy video on their website which appeared to show terrorist launching nine rockets in the early morning.
“This shelling was in response to the continuous Zionist bombing and terrorizing of peaceful citizens, which most recently killed Suleiman Kamel al-Qara, as well as in response to the repeated incursions and attacks carried out by the occupation,” the group said referring to one of its own terrorists.
2. 240 ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL ON ‘DOVE’S WINGS’
by Rachel Hirshfeld
A charter flight carrying approximately 240 new immigrants from Ethiopia is scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday.
The flight is the first of a series of monthly flights planned as part of Operation Dove”s Wings, a government initiative to speed up the place of aliyah and bring the remainder of the Falash Mura, members of the Ethiopian Jewish community who were forcibly converted to Christianity during the 19th and 20th centuries, to Israel.
The Jewish Agency”s Ibim Absorption Center in the Negev is set to reopen in order to accommodate a number of the new immigrants. The rest will be spread among an additional 16 absorption centers throughout Israel operated by the Jewish Agency and the Absorption Ministry.
The 17.5-million-shekel operation is scheduled to be completed by October 2013.
The flight will be welcomed by a host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, Minister of Immigrant Absorption MK Sofa Landver and Jewish Agency Board of Directors chairman James S. Tisch.
The ceremony, which will take place in Tel Aviv, will include participation of Jewish leaders and philanthropists from Israel and around the world.
3. ISRAELI FLAG MISSING IN DENMARK DIVERSITY EVENT by Maayana Miskin
An event in Copenhagen celebrating cultural diversity deliberately excluded the Israeli flag, the Copenhagen Post reports. Organizers say they were motivated by safety concerns.
Jewish community leaders were initially told that none of the groups participating in the Mangfoldighedsfest diversity festival would be waving flags.
However, at the festival it was clear that most groups had in fact brought flags. Representatives of other cultural groups said they had never been told not to bring a flag.
Organizers then changed their story, saying, “It is not that there is a flag police. Specific associations were asked not to display their flags as a safety precaution.”
Deputy Mayor Anna Mee Allerslev told the paper that the city had been concerned as well. “We had some experts who were deeply concerned about the situation and were afraid that the security was not sufficient,” she explained.
Max Meyer of the Dansk Zionistforbund organization told the Post, “It is a shame that one group is discriminated against, especially at a diversity celebration.”
City officials and festival organizers have issued an apology to local Zionists and say they will look into making changes. While she apologized, Allerslev continues to maintain that security was a real concern, and argued “Politicians should be careful not to politicize cases like this.”
The situation echoes an incident in Michigan in which police stopped a Jewish man for displaying Israeli flags on his truck. Muslim students who had thrown objects at him upon seeing the flags were not detained.
4. DISENGAGEMENT GENERAL: STOP CARRYING GAZA ON OUR BACK by Gil Ronen
Maj. Gen. (res.) Dan Harel said Monday that it is time for Israel to stop bearing the responsibility for the humanitarian condition in Gaza.
Harel, who was Head of Southern Command during the 2005 “Disengagement” from Gaza, told IDF Radio that before taking other measures to solve the rocket problem, the basic “equation of relations” between Israel and Gaza needs to be changed.
“We carry Gaza on our backs,” he said. “I do not know if Israeli are aware of this, but we supply Gaza with all of its needs. We supply it with electricity, we supply it with water.”
“The situation today is absurd,” he added. “They fire rockets at us from Gaza and in response, we supply them with water and electricity. This absurd has to stop.”
He said that the blockade of Gaza needs to be lifted. In this way, he said, Israel will not be responsible for the humanitarian situation there.
He did not explain how Israel would prevent heavy rockets and other munitions from entering Gaza, if the blockade is lifted.
Harel has said, after his release from the IDF, that the “Disengagement,” as the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was called, was a mistake.
5. 3-DAY JERUSALEM HOUSING FAIR IN USA
by Arutz Sheva
This week, Chish Nofei Yisrael, Ltd. will sponsor a 3-day housing fair in the USA in three convenient locations in Brooklyn, Monsey and Los Angeles. Chish Nofei Yisrael, the leading Israeli housing and development company to represent the frum public, has gained worldwide repute for its personal, courteous and reliable service. The upcoming fair, which offers homes for sale in some of the most popular new developments in the greater Jerusalem area, follows similar fairs that met with extreme success among the religious community and resulted in the sale of over 50 housing units within three days.
Available projects for sale include the exclusive Mishkenot Ha”Uma on Sarei Yisrael Street; Top 80 in Neve Yaakov; Givat Zev; and Chish Nofei Yisrael”s flagship project, Ramat Givat Zev, the first-ever neighborhood in Israel developed specifically to meet the needs of an American Torah-based community.
The majority of homes in Ramat Givat Zev have been purchased by American olim who aspire to combine the best of both worlds. The beautiful neighborhood in pastoral Ramat Givat Zev emphasizes spiritual quality coupled with the warmth and friendliness of an English-speaking community and reflects the values, needs and mentality of frum olim acclimating to a new life and country. Housing units in the development include private villas, as well as attractively-designed, spacious apartments that allow frum families to make the move to Israel without compromising on their standards.
Special sales and offers will be available at the 3-day fair.
Exciting New Development Spurs Dozens to Make Aliyah
A brand-new development geared specifically for frum American Jews is inspiring dozens of families to commence the process of aliyah with the goal of making Israel their one and only home. The beautiful future neighborhood in pastoral Ramat Givat Zev is already being lauded for its emphasis on spiritual quality coupled with the warmth and friendliness of an English-speaking community that reflects the values, needs and mentality of frum olim.
Located on the outskirts of mountainous Jerusalem, only fifteen miles from the city center, Ramat Givat Zev is the ideal solution for American olim. The development is designed for 400 housing units, including 140 houses and 260 spacious apartments. Answering the immediate needs of Torah families, a Vaad Rabbanim was formed to arrange for all chinuch needs in Ramat Givat Zev. Mosdos chinuch, already in the planning stages, will be specifically geared to fit the spiritual and academic aspirations and goals of Americans living in Israel and will offer special programs to help new immigrant students acclimate to the vast changes in their lives. The schools, set to be built on beautiful, spacious campuses, will boast sports fields and other amenities favored by American students.
A second committee was likewise established to guarantee that the needs and desires of frum olim are met. From the primary planning stages, the developers focused on ensuring that the neighborhood would encompasses all possible elements, ranging from the spiritual necessities of shuls and schools to the conveniences and luxuries of shopping centers and a swimming pool.
Developer Chanoch Kass proudly asserts, “Ramat Givat Zev is outstanding in the fact that it will be the very first neighborhood in Israel specifically developed for an American Torah community.
Ramat Givat Zev”s list of buyers includes frum families from Monsey, Flatbush, Five Towns, and Miami who are excitedly preparing for imminent aliyah. Many houses were also purchased by American families currently residing in the Ramat Beit Shemesh area. One buyer, Dovid Weinstein, explains that, for him, a main motive in moving is the fact that his current neighborhood lacks what he feels are fundamental elements for Americans living in Israel. Although hundreds of Americans have settled in Ramat Beit Shemesh in the past two decades, the neighborhood was initially planned and constructed for an Israeli public, a fact that understandably presents many a hardship and challenge to American olim, young and old.
The concept of Ramat Givat Zev was inspired by a partnership between a party of Americans living both in Israel and the USA and a group of sympathetic developers in Israel who joined forces to answer the cry of Americans who aspire to make aliyah, but are daunted by the seemingly insurmountable challenges entailed. Together, they determined to overcome these obstacles by providing these families with all they lacked. Thus began the lengthy process of slating plots for spacious villas with assorted construction and design options, inviting esteemed Rabbanim to spearhead the kehilla, and engaging respected mosdos chinuch and administrators who understand the American mentality to establish roots in the neighborhood.
Ramat Givat Zev is being marketed by Chish Nofei Yisrael, a construction and development company in Israel that has already sold thousands of housing units in Israel and is regarded as the leading development company in the country dealing with the chareidi-National Religious public. The company is on the brink of concluding the sale of 1000 residential units in Givat Zev, with Ramat Givat Zev designated as its flagship project due to its unique status as the first-ever neighborhood in Israel specifically formed for a frum American community.
Hundreds of housing units in the neighborhood have already been sold, and a company spokesperson remarks, “The overwhelming response that we”ve received has only proven to us how great is the thirst for a community of American shomrei Torah u”mitzvos of this kind in Israel. We foresee that this development will swiftly become one of the most desirable areas for Americans wishing to settle Israel, a fact that will cause the prices of homes in the neighborhood to skyrocket. A leading real estate agency in Jerusalem maintains that within two years, it will be difficult to purchase a home in Ramat Givat Zev. Once the concept of this neighborhood infiltrates the conscious of the Torah community, thousands will add their names to the waiting list of those seeking homes in this neighborhood.”
6. IAF AIRSTRIKES TARGET TERROR SITES IN GAZA by Elad Benari
The IDF Spokesperson announced that IAF aircraft struck terror targets in Gaza overnight Sunday.
The targets included a center of terrorist activity and a rocket launching area in northern Gaza, as well as a center of terrorist activity in southern Gaza, said the IDF statement.
Direct hits were identified and all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.
The attack was a response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory, said the IDF. On Sunday morning, Gaza-based terrorists fired two Grad missiles at the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.
The missiles exploded in an open area near the city and did not cause any physical injuries or damages. The city later announced that schools would be closed because of the attack.
On Saturday night, two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district. There were no physical injuries and no damage to property. The IDF retaliated by hitting a terrorist cell in Gaza.
Rocket attacks on southern Israel are ongoing, but an escalation in attacks was recorded this week as Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at the region on Wednesday alone.
Three people were wounded, two of them seriously, and three homes were hit in a morning rocket barrage.
By Wednesday night it was reported that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached between Hamas and Israel. That ceasefire, however, was broken after several hours, when terrorists again fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol district.
7. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOW ADOLF EICHMANN WAS CAUGHT by Walter Bingham & INR Staff
It was back in 1960 that Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi leaders and architects of the Final Solution to exterminate the Jewish people was caught in Argentina. The commander of the secret mission was Rafael (Rafi) Eitan, today 86 years old. Israel National Radio’s Walter’s World conducted an exclusive interview with Eitan as part of a special broadcast on Israel’s Mossad and secret service.
For the the full audio interview click here. [audio:127108]
“When Peter Malkin jumped on Eichmann, I was just 5 meters behind him,” he stated. So how did Eitan, while working with the Israeli Mossad track down the elusive Nazi war criminal?
“There was a German family [of Jewish heritage] was living in Argentina with the name of Hermann,” related Eitan. The family had escaped the Holocaust. “They had a daughter by the name of Sylvia and she told her family that she has a friend named Nicolas Eichmann.” As the story goes, the younger Eichmann had boasted about his father’s Nazi exploits. The father meanwhile was living under a false name in Buenos Aires. Eitan credits the unassuming Mossad head Issur Harel for organizing the secret mission to extract the wanted mass murdered and bring him to trial for crimes against humanity.
“We gave him documents of some El Al airline flight crew member. One of the crew stayed in Argentina. You must remember that at the time, there was no internet or computers, so nobody was able to check. We gave Eichmann the same name and dressed him in an El Al cabin crew uniform,” Eitan said.
The government of Israel wanted to give Eichmann a fair trial but doubted he would go freely. Eitan continued, “We gave him a injection to make him dizzy. The crew normally, even today, goes to the plane not through the civilian terminal but in a different area. We took him through a different gate with a doctor. The doctor said he was a bit sick and we handed over all the proper documents.”
Eitan related that there was also a plan to kidnapped Dr. Josef Mengele, the sadistic Nazi doctor who conducted cruel experiments on death camp inmates. Eitan stated that the decision was made not to risk losing Eichmann to chase down another Nazi war criminal.
Eichmann became the first and so far only person to be tried and sentenced to death in Israel. His trial brought to light details of the Nazis’ systematic plan which resulted in the murder of approximately 12 million civilians. Millions of soldiers were killed in World War II as well. Of the 12 million concentration and death camp victims, approximately 6 million were of Jewish heritage, Over 1 million of the victims were children.
For the full interview with Rafael Eitan download the Walter’s World special broadcast by clicking here.
The Eichmann capture is just one of Eitan’s many stories. Find out about his role in the Jonathan Pollard affair, his time as a Member of Knesset with the Gil Pensioner’s Party and his thoughts on current events and the upcoming elections.
Walter Bingham travels all over Israel and the international Jewish world to bring you in-depth reports in his exciting magazine style program. Topics range from cultural and entertainment events and social problems to major political interviews and statements recorded live as they happen. Walter’s World broadcasts every Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio. For mp3 archives click here.
8. HOME OF MOHAMMED’S WIFE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC TOILET by Gil Ronen
Three of the world”s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed in Medina as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-dollar expansion of Islam”s second holiest site, according to the British Independent. The house of Mohammed’s first wife, Khadijah, has already been replaced with a public toilet block, it reports.
The disregard for Islam”s early history is due to the Saudi regime”s adoption of Wahabism, an austere stream which scorns all forms of idol worship, including shrines and pilgrimages to graves, the paper explains.
Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the prophet Mohammed is buried, will reportedly start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month. When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world”s largest building, able to take in 1.6 million worshippers.
But there are fears that the redevelopment of the Masjid an-Nabawi is “part of a wider drive to shift focus away from the place where Mohammed is buried,” the newspaper says. “The spot that marks the Prophet”s tomb is covered by a famous green dome and forms the centerpiece of the current mosque. But under the new plans, it will become the east wing of a building eight times its current size with a new pulpit.”
Historic sections of Mecca and Medina have been bulldozed to make way for gleaming shopping malls, luxury hotels and enormous skyscrapers. The Independent quotes the Washington-based Gulf Institute, which estimates that “95 per cent of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years.”