A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron

A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron.


A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron

A strange concept of balance at BBC Radio Ulster

BBC Watch

Last week we wrote about the BBC Radio Ulster ‘Sunday Sequence’ programme of May 19th 2013 in which Mairead Maguire was given free rein to promote Assad regime propaganda and antisemitic tropes. 

At least one member of the public who wrote to presenter William Crawley following that broadcast was told by him that ‘balance’ to that particular interview would come in the form of another one with Professor Richard Landes a week later on May 26th and in his introduction to that interview, Crawley makes the same claim.

“You’ll remember last week we interviewed the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire regarding in particular Syria, but also wider issues in the Middle East. During that interview she spoke about the alleged role of Israel, blaming it and its supporters for contributing to a great deal of the strife in the region. We said we’d focus this week on…

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A7News: ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

Sivan 15, 5773 / Friday, May. 24 ’13


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  1. 1.      ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’
  2. 2.      MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service
  3. 3.      Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection
  4. 4.      Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath
  5. 5.      Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs
  6. 6.      Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations
  7. 7.      Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading
  8. 8.      Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding


1. ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

by Maayana Miskin

More and more Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) have come under attack as Palestinian Authority terrorist groups increase the frequency of assaults on drivers in the region. One of the victims is Michal Weisel, who shared her post-attack thoughts with Arutz Sheva.

Israelis need to take advantage of technology that can reinforce car windows against attack, she said, and not to rely on the IDF to stop attacks.

Weisel was attacked by three young Arab men hurling heavy stones. “It’s lucky that the car was a reinforced car owned by the Regional Council – the rocks bounced off the frame of the car,” she recalled.

“I hope the IDF will take strong action against rock throwers, but for my part, I’m going to reinforce my car, because it saves lives,” she said. “A rock can kill, no less so than gunfire.”

“We’re in an Intifada, even if they media hasn’t said so yet,” she warned. The Palestinian Authority has launched two past “Intifada” terrorism wars targeting Israeli civilians in a variety of attacks including rock and firebomb attacks on passing cars, stabbings and shootings in civilian homes, and suicide bombings.

The IDF has reportedly started preparing for a third round of “Intifada” attacks. However, current and former military leaders have reassured civilians that there is currently no new Intifada, despite the many recent attacks on Israeli drivers.

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2. MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service

by Maayana Miskin

The Perry Commission’s report on hareidi-religious army recruitment does not offer real solutions, MK Eitan Cabel of the Labor party argued Friday in a post to his Facebook page.

“Real equality means enlistment at age 18, without deferral and without ‘maybe,’” he wrote.

The proposed legislation would allow men to defer military service in favor of full-time Torah study for a maximum of three years.

The proposal ignores social realities, Cabel wrote. “Hareidi men will keep getting married at a young age. Some of them will get out of service altogether, and as for the rest, it will be so expensive to keep them [as soldiers] that it will not be worth it for the IDF to enlist them.”

The IDF pays married soldiers a significantly higher monthly salary than that given to unmarried soldiers.

The proposed deal is not good for hareidi men either, Cabel said, as it would mean they would be required to serve for 32 months, while those in the hesder program, which combines army service and Torah study in religious-Zionist yeshivas, would be required to spend only 24 months on active military duty.

“[Finance Minister] Lapid and [Economics Minister] Bennett went behind the hareidi public’s back on this,” he said. “But the secular will be the ones who pay the price.”

“This isn’t what we hoped for from the two ‘brothers’ who very quickly became a pair of old politicians,” he concluded.

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3. Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The following was written by Lenny David of Efrat, formerly of AIPAC, who created the website for a Picture a Day after realizing the extent of the Library of Congress archive of pictures – and the “Cigarbox Collection”:

Dr. Othniel Seiden of Denver is a fan of the History of Israel in Pictures and offered his exceptional collection of pictures found in a cigarbox in his parents’ home. I asked Dr. Seiden that he tell the story behind the collection. His recollection follows:

My father, Dr. Rudolph Avraham Seiden, was born in 1900 and was first involved in Palestine through a Zionist organization in Vienna called Die Blau Weiss or the “Blue White.” As a teen, sometime around 1919, he started smuggling Jews out of Eastern Europe into Palestine through Blau Weiss.

At that time, a whole family could travel to Palestine on a family visa. The organization established a front travel agency and hired a Greek ship in order to put together strangers as families and arranged tours to Palestine for these “large family groups.” When the tourists got to Palestine they “disappeared,” and their return tickets were sold to people wanting to go to Europe from Palestine.

My father’s intent was to move our family to Palestine, and in the mid-1920s he went there to check things out. He was the first chemist to take minerals out of the Dead Sea, and it was his intent to set up a factory to do that. Unfortunately he contracted malaria and had to go back to Vienna.

He still longed to move us all to Palestine, and in the late 1920s my mother’s family, the Abileahs, moved there. In the meantime, he worked in Vienna and held the first patent on tempered glass.

When Hitler came to power and the Austrian Nazi Party gained status, my father suddenly couldn’t publish anymore and saw the writing on the wall. In 1934, when we were planning our move, my mother’s family said that life in Palestine was very difficult, and if we had a chance to go to the U.S. we should do it. In 1935 we moved to the U.S. Many of the Abileahs are still in Israel. [Othniel’s uncle Beni Abileah was a well-known Israeli diplomat.]

In 1980, I started an organization called “Doctors To The World” which took medical personnel to various areas in the world to do volunteer work in needy areas. We sent dentists into villages in Israel to serve mostly Israeli Arabs and anyone else needing help. That was when I took out Israeli citizenship so I could get a medical license in Israel.

My father took only some of the photos. Many were either post cards or some other stock photos. Those that had an imprint on the back [some are stamped “Keren Hayesod Photo] I assume is that of the developing and processing individual.

When I asked for formal permission to publish the photos, Dr. Seiden responded: I give you full permission to use the photos I sent you in any way you feel fit, for educational purposes, or to lend and permit to be used by other media and organizations that will use them for educational or historical purposes.

Arutz Sheva thanks Dr. Seiden and Mr. David for this treasure chest, otherwise known as a cigarbox.

More historical pictures and essays at www.israeldailypicture.com



Bedouin Arab family   near Lake Hula and their reed huts

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4. Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath

by Maayana Miskin

Temperatures will rise Friday, particularly in the mountains and away from the coast, weather forecasters say. The end result will be a day that is significantly hotter than the norm for the season.

Forecasters issued a warning about potential poor visibility along the coast, in central Israel and in the north-western Negev. Visibility is expected to clear up by noon.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly on Saturday, but the weather will still be unusually hot for the season, as it was the week before.

The weather will grow cooler again early next week, forecasters say. Temperatures will go back to being within the average range for the season.

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5. Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs

by Eliran Aharon, New York

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in New York, took both sides of a recent dispute at the Kotel (Western Wall) to task in a video interview with Arutz Sheva.


Rabbi Schonfeld accused the Women of the Wall group of seeking to create a provocation, and wondered if they would have done the same at another religion’s holy site. At the same time, he harshly criticized hareidi-religious “street thugs” who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

He had praise for the thousands of young Jewish women who came to pray quietly at the Western Wall in a public display of solidarity with the traditional observance at the holy site.

Rabbi Schonfeld also shared some teachings relating to this week’s Torah portion.

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6. Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations

by Maayana Miskin

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly proposed that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line if it wants to hold talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Kerry met Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It was not clear if Netanyahu responded favorably to Kerry’s suggestion of a new construction freeze. Israel formerly froze construction for several months in an attempt to bring the PA back to the negotiating table. The PA agreed to talks shortly before the freeze ended, but refused to continue meeting when the construction ban was not renewed.

Netanyahu has reportedly put a stop to new construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but has not issued a public ban on construction, and has not stopped construction for Israelis in Jerusalem.

A government source told Maariv that Netanyahu would find it difficult to accept a public construction ban due to the makeup of his coalition.

It is also not clear if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accepted Kerry’s proposal. Since the last construction freeze Abbas has announced other demands that he considers preconditions to talks with Israel.

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7. Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading

by Gil Ronen

There is shock and fury in Britain following the gruesome murder of a soldier by Muslims in Woolwich, in southeastern London, on Wednesday. The murdered man was Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion.

“There is rage in London; the feelings are very bad,” a Jewish resident of Golders Green told Arutz Sheva. “London is having a hard time dealing with this kind of cruel terror. Muslims beheading a soldier – that is an unforgivable deed.”

There were riots and confrontations in different parts of London Thursday, and two mosques were reportedly attacked.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack was “truly shocking” and cut short a visit to Paris and returned to London in order to convene the security cabinet, known as Cobra. Home Secretary Theresa May described the attack as “sickening and barbaric.”

Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.

In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods.

In the hours following the attack, around 250 supporters of the anti-Islamist English Defense League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station. According to the Huffington Post, the group hurled bottles and became involved in minor skirmishes with the police, but later dispersed without any arrests being reported.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among the crowd and explained: “They’re chopping our  soldiers’ heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today… Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam,” he added. “Everyone’s had enough.”

The attack was captured on video, and clearly shows the terrorists with blood on their hands and holding what appears to be a large knife or machete.

Eyewitnesses said that the attackers shouted Islamic slogans as they beheaded the man in broad daylight. The attackers were shot by police and arrested, and then taken to a London hospital for treatment. A television broadcast showed one of the attackers saying that they were Muslim fighters who “would never stop attacking you. We are doing this because Muslims are dying every day.”

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8. Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Police officers on Thursday evening prevented 50 right-wing activists from arriving in the Arab village of Araba, located in the Lower Galilee. The activists had come to protest a wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman which was taking place in the village.

Among the activists who participated in the protest were Baruch Marzel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Benzi Gopstein, a member of the Kiryat Arab local council.

The activists, who were traveling towards the village by bus, were stopped by police near Sakhnin. They were allowed to hold a demonstration elsewhere.

Gopstein told Arutz Sheva, “We will fight any assimilation in the Holy Land. The Arabs should know it won’t work so easily for them. If a Jewish woman does not maintain her dignity, we will fight for her dignity.”

He added that Thursday’s demonstration was only the beginning of a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of assimilation, noting that the activists intend to arrive at all similar weddings and protest against them.

Former MK Ben-Ari told Arutz Sheva, “We came to say that the women of Israel belong to the Jewish people. Assimilation is one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people. Every Jew can sleep tonight while clicking his tongue, but he must know that another daughter of Israel has married an Arab.”

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Kerry’s Latest Mideast Trip Doomed Before It Starts

It may seem like US Secretary of State John Kerry is chasing his own tail with regard to the Israel-Palestine issue. But he is, intentionally or otherwise, raising some important questions. One is what the official Israeli position really is on the two-state solution. Perhaps the most important one is how foolish, inept and impotent will the United States allow Israel to make it appear? And of greatest concern to Americans, why is this President even less willing to confront Israel, at so dire a time, than any of his predecessors?

At some point during President Barack Obama’s and Kerry’s last trip to Israel earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to put a hold on issuing any new tenders for more settlement construction. To most, this means a settlement freeze, but it’s nothing of that kind.

Building continues at a fast pace, due to a very…

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Only 13 years late, Israel officially refutes the Al-Dura hoax

Anne's Opinions

This week, only thirteen years too late, when all the damage has long been done, Israel officially announced that according to its investigations, Mohammed al-Dura was not hit by Israeli bullets, and in fact didn’t die in the incident.

“Contrary to the report’s claim that the boy was killed, the committee’s review of the raw footage showed that in the final scenes, which were not broadcast by France 2, the boy is seen to be alive,” the Ministry of International Affairs and Strategy report stated regarding the television report.


Minister of International Affairs and Strategy Yuval Steinitz called the accusations baseless and said the affair was “a modern-day blood libel against the State of Israel.”

The 55 seconds of edited footage, filmed two days after Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, contributed to the October 2000 protest in which 13 Arab citizens of Israel were…

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It’s official…

Brain Study

Well folks, I’ve finally been made legitimate.

No, I haven’t received my doctorate yet (that won’t be happening for awhile!) Instead my rogue bastardized blogging days are over – I’ve been made an official Nature Publishing Group blogger, writing for the Nature Education site Scitable. I’ll be blogging on all things brain and biology on the psychology group blog, Mind Read, with the fantastic Jordan Gaines of Gaines, on Brains. We’ll be posting weekly on the latest nerdy neuro papers and fascinating psychological phenomena – think similar Brain Study content but now on a legitimate platform.

As always though, Brain Study is dearest to my blogging heart, and I’ll be sure to post Mind Read pieces here, as well as trying out slightly “edgier” content perhaps not suitable for the corporate science blogosphere.

My first post is on one of my personal favorite topics, synesthesia, exploring Hearing, Touching…

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