Saturday, April 18, 2015

Converting Jews To Christians In Ra'anana, Israel?


By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Ra'anana, Israel --- April 18, 2015 ... No, the Jews are not running to 
Pontius Pilate and the Romans have no crucifixions scheduled for this weekend. But someone forgot to fax the Jehovah's Witnesses that Jews do not live in Israel to become converts to Christianity. 

Ra'anana residents, municipal officials, a city Chief Rabbi and the Yad L'Achim anti-assimilation organization coordinated efforts to cancel a Jehovah's Witnesses baptism ceremony today.


This is the second time that Yad L'Achim has succeeded in heading off the same baptism-of-Jews ceremony. It was first scheduled to be held in the city of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv two months ago. 

The activist organization received word of the planned event,  which was to be held in the city's Yad LeBanim building erected in memory of fallen IDF soldiers. City officials were contacted, and the baptism was called off.

However, the Jehovah's Witnesses missionary group found a new site for the ceremony: the MetroWest Sports Center of Raanana, between Tel Aviv and Netanya. 

Once again, Yad L'Achim went into action, contacting hundreds of city residents and asking them to do what they could to have the ceremony canceled. Raanana's Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Peretz and several City Council officials were also made known of the event and the local residents' efforts to stop it.

Finally, on Wednesday, the city council members of the United Religious List of Raanana drafted a clear ultimatum to Ra'anana Mayor Ze'ev Bielski: "If the ceremony is held, we quit the city government coalition."

The party also threatened to take other action, such as organizing a protest and taking the case to the courts.
The next day, with fewer than 48 hours before the baptism, Mayor Bielski announced that the ceremony would not be held. A special protest prayer service was to have been held outside the Sports Center if the baptism had not been called off. 

Yad L'Achim also notes the inter-city cooperation in this success: Deputy Mayor Rabbi Chaim Steiner of the city of Kiryat Malachi, a personal friend of Raanana's mayor, called him personally and pleaded with him to prevent the anti-Jewish ceremony.

Jehovah's Witnesses actions were also particularly offensive given that the Jewish nation had just finished observing International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Relations betweens Jews and Christians have never been warmer. We are the Infidels of a global conquest waged by Islamic Jihad. But please, let us respect one another's religion without trying to convert one another.

Israel may practice freedom of religion, but please respect the ancient and sacred Jewish values for which we Jews embrace. Israel allows individuals to practice their own religion but there are laws that specifically prohibit proselytizing.

And after all, we don't go around telling you not to eat pork or attempting to behead you.

Want to convert someone?
Go to Syria, Sudan, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or Iraq - not Israel.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rivlin: From Auschwitz To Iran, Jews Will Not Surrender

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel — April 15, 2015 … Israel President Reuven Rivlin this evening at Yad Vashem, addressed the official ceremony marking the commencement of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day.
“We stand here tonight, in painful silence at Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day,” said Rivlin.
“Exactly seventy years since April 15th 1945, a Sunday afternoon.  The day when the first British soldiers crossed the gates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.  The joy of liberation was replaced by horror.  The horror that was revealed before their eyes was inconceivable.
Not just today, but every day, we walk the depths of the valley, extruded between two mountains.  This mountain of memorial and remembrance, on one side and the mountain of revival and vision on the other.  The mountain of memory, commands us, the Jewish people, to remember.  Remember the sounds.  Remember the sights.  Remember the names.
And yet the mountain of vision and rebirth, of construction and creation, calls on us to look ahead, and step into the future.  Continuing to build a magnificent country, continuing to strive to construct another world, a safe world, full of promise – for us and for future generations.
My brothers and sisters, Holocaust survivors, heroes of revival.  During this uneasy journey, you have been our ‘Pillar of Fire’ before the camp.  You – who found the strength to shake off the ashes of the crematoria, and the soil drenched with tears and blood – have instructed us to select the path of life, and realize a vision. You, who have loved and laughed, who have planted an orchard, have built a national home, as well as private homes. You have guided the entire nation.
Today, seventy years after the liberation of the death camps, we stand before you and we swear an oath, and promise, ‘All of us, each and every one of us, have a number tattooed on their arm’.  Yet, at the same time and in the same breath we remember: we came from Auschwitz, not because of Auschwitz.  We cannot let the pogroms, the bellowing smoke of the crematoria blind us or blur our abilities to recognize our past, our identity, our heritage – which are stronger than those who with destroy us.
The Holocaust is our lowest point, the most dreadful, in Jewish history.
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The moment of horror for all humanity, but the Jewish journey does not begin with it, just as it does not end with it.  The Jewish journey begins in the Land of Israel, and it is here that it always strives to return.  There are those who mistakenly think that the State of Israel is some form of compensation for the Holocaust.  There is no greater mistake.  The State of Israel is not a compensation for the Holocaust. The State of Israel was established, in its own right, out of a love and longing for an ancient homeland, by virtue of a dream that came true, a dream that became a reality.  Not out of the fear of extinction or out of hatred of the other.
Four months ago, I stood in Poland, whose earth is soaked in blood, and I said that the State of Israel will forever deplore Auschwitz, and everything it symbolizes: anti-Semitism in all its forms and manifestations; The desecration of human dignity, whoever and wherever it is found, the desecration of that which was created in the image of God.
The State of Israel, will continue its struggle against these and will not surrender.
We build our future here, with open and alert eyes. We will not belittle any threats. Nor belittle, shameful statements calling for the extinction of the Jewish people. Yet, while we are prepared, we are not scared.  The horrors of the past and the threats of the present, will not dictate our lives, nor shape the lives of our children. They will not dim our hopes for a future of creation and prosperity.
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My brothers and sisters, Holocaust survivors.  We will continue to walk in the spirit in which you led us for seventy years.  We will continue to impart the memory of the Holocaust, from generation to generation, as it is tattooed into our flesh, but will not determine our future.
We will build our future as a free nation. A nation which draws its power and vitality, from three thousand years – forged in the vision of the Prophets of Israel, out of the treasured soul of the generations of rabbis, sages, poets, and philosophers of our nation.  As a nation, which sees itself as an integral part of the family of nations, as a Jewish and democratic state – democratic and Jewish.”

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Remembering The Passover Massacre

Passover Massacre 2002: An Israeli child struggles for his life.
There would be no Passover questions, no 
hidden matzah. Photo: Reuters
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem---From April 2004 - Upated March 28, 2015 .... It was 13 years ago and the days before Passover in Israel were not much different than today.

With only two real differences. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. US President Barack Obama, who has not missed an opportunity to attack Israel and it's Prime Minister, is allowing Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Obama is also now demanding that Israel withdraw to suicidal 1967 borders. To make peace with Palestinians (Hamas) who have turned down every peace offer made to them.
To make peace with those who gave us the Passover Massacre.

Thirteen years ago, Israel was under cloudless skies, sun drenched streets, birds chirping as the Spring weather began to smile. The summer's intense sauna was ahead of us, and the winter's steady, freezing rain has just passed.  Israeli shopping centers and Internet chat rooms were abuzz with Israelis discussing Passover recipes, cleaning tips
 vacations up north.

My new born daughter Amanda and I had just arrived at my in-law's home for Passover dinner in Netanya.

As we stood around the carpeted living room sharing compliments and jokes as last minute Passover table preparations were being made, we heard a crack of thunder.

This was not unusual. There was a slight drizzle coming down as we parked the car minutes earlier.

Thunder storms are still generous in Israel's March before we enter the seven months of endless days of sun.  Then we heard an ambulance siren. Again nothing usual about that either, there are an abundance of nursing homes mixed in with the hotels marking Netanya's seafront. A second and third siren screamed passed our building. 

The TV was turned on and we heard the first reports of what is known today as the Passover Massacre.

In one of the most brutal terrorist attacks sustained by Israel, an Islamic suicide terror bomber from the Hamas terrorist organization walked into Netanya's Park Hotel on March 27, 2002. He strode passed the reception desk and calmly walked into the main dining hall. As elderly Jews and children were sitting over matza and chicken soup, the terrorist detonated a lethal charge, murdering 30, and wounding 140. 

The dead included babies, grandmothers and six married couples.

It was 7:30 p.m. and I had to make a judgment call, leave my family at the start of this festive family meal or cover another terror attack in Israel.
I struggled with the decision, my family kept saying don't go. But I really had no choice.

When I arrived on the scene, which was two blocks away, there were about a dozen ambulances caring for the wounded.

Five dismembered and blood soaked bodies lay covered with blue and grey blankets outside on the hotel's sidewalk. Many of the guests who had survived the terror attack and were being rushed to nearby hospitals were still dressed in their holiday best; the women in festive dresses, the men in white shirts and dark pants.

Shreds of glass were sprinkled throughout the ground. The hotel lobby and the second floor of the hotel had all of its windows blown out. The only thing moving were the torn, white window curtains twisting in the cool wind.

A large pool of water created by the hotel's safety sprinkler system and broken water pipes filled the reception area.

But this was not ground zero - broken glass and water were only a prelude to the horror which was about 50 feet passed the front desk, the burned and
blood stained remains of a festive Passover dining room. White tables and
chairs were thrown several feet into the air, landing against the hotel wall
Unopened bottles of Passover wine and colorful flowers now littered the
floor. 

An eerie, death filled quiet had settled in where moments before there was laughter, life and hope.

People were walking out of the hotel in a silent daze, all frozen in shock.

One elderly man walked slowly down the street with no apparent direction
wearing a blue dress suit with blood spilling out of his grey hair.
"I saw little children, bodies. And I want to say something to the Arab
leaders in Beirut. This is not resistance. This is murder. This is terrorism
it's most purest form" Natanya Mayor Miriam Feyerberg was telling the TV
cameras.

Among the dead and wounded in the bombing were entire families, Israelis and
foreign Jews visiting from abroad for the holiday. The force of the blast devastated the dining hall, knocked down the facade of the hotel lobby,
shredded the paneled ceiling inside and crumpled cars parked on the street
outside.

Nichama Donenhirsch, a guest at the hotel, said that as she and her family
fled, they saw a little girl, about 10 to 12 years old, lying dead on the
ground, her eyes wide open as if in surprise.

Some of the wounded staggered out of the lobby, which was plunged into
darkness by the explosion. Others were taken to ambulances in stretchers, including a young boy who had an oxygen mask pressed to the face. One elderly man was covered by a blue blanket, blood dripping from his face. An elderly woman, her face covered with blood, sat on the sidewalk, attended to by several people.


The Park Hotel is located directly opposite the city square and on a hill overlooking the beach. There are several other hotels in this residential area of Netanya.

The mutilated bodies of murdered Israel men, women and children, who minutes earlier were celebrating a Passover meal, lay lined up outside the Park Hotel in Netanya.

As police arrived they started to create a perimeter, a safety area as police sappers began searching for additional explosives. About one hour after the attack took place, Israeli security forces discovered that explosives had been placed inside one of the many ambulances at the scene.

Immediately all of the ambulances and rescue workers were evacuated.

Mayor Miriam Feyerberg spoke with me and stated that Israelis must remain strong. That we all must continue with our lives, go to work, continue shopping, visit restaurants, otherwise the terrorists would win. 

"In recent days, these terrorist groups have begun describing their actions as acts of
resistance', but resistance is not blowing up children and babies,"
Feyerberg said. "As the Arab leaders are talking peace in Beirut, their
associates are committing some of the worst acts of barbarism ever witnessed
in present history. The Israeli government will not swallow this. The same
people who destroyed New York's World Trade Center are the same one's
responsible for tonight's atrocity." 

When the bomb exploded tonight, the Mayor had been attending a Seder - with mothers of the victims of last summer's (2001) bombing in Tel Aviv.

Over 62 people were rushed to Laniado Hospital, 15 in serious condition
among them a 45-year-old man and a 5-year-old boy, both with head injuries, who were later moved from Laniado to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

Hospitals were overwhelmed, setting up triage in their synagogues and
shuffling the less seriously wounded to their cafeterias. As is usually the
case, the bomb contained nails and other metal pieces to enhance its lethal
effect.

Another 33 of the injured were taken to Meir Hospital in Kava Sava, two of them in serious condition.

Israel accused Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat of doing nothing
to rein in terrorists. Raanan Gissin, a Sharon adviser, said the attack in Netanya "will require us to reevaluate our overall policy. We are still working to achieve a cease-fire to which we are fully committed, but if the Palestinians have decided to choose the road of terrorism ... then we have to decide what measures we will take," Gissin said.

Secretary of State Colin Powell had urged Arafat to go on television and
demand an end to attacks against Israelis. The attacks endanger any
negotiations toward a Palestinian state, Powell said.
"This sort of activity and the tolerance of this sort of activity will
destroy the very vision the Palestinian Authority stands for and Chairman
Arafat says he's committed to," Powell said in Washington.

The 2002 massacre in Netanya came just hours after Saudi Crown Prince
Abdullah presented a new peace initiative at the Arab summit in Beirut,
offering Israel normal relations with the Arab world in exchange for a
complete withdrawal from the territories it occupied in the 1967 Mideast war

Israeli police had been on high alert for possible attacks during the
Passover holiday, with more than 10,000 officers deployed in potential
trouble spots.

The country's police commissioner, Shlomo Aharonishki, said it was
impossible to prevent all attacks. "Even with more policemen and a broader
deployment, we cannot block the centers of the cities,'' he said. "This attack is more evidence of that.''

Police and IDF roadblocks had been set up throughout the country with
increased patrols within both commercial and residential areas after the
Passover Massacre.

The mood in Israel had turned from festive Passover joy to depression and anger.

Many Israelis who once held out hopes that a breakthrough peace agreement might still be within reach, were eating matzah in March 2002 with salt in a more realistic and pragmatic environment.

It takes two willing parties to negotiate a peace agreement and Israelis have no plans to make a second Exodus here in the Middle-East.

After the Passover Massacre bombing, President Bush called on Arafat once
again to do all in his power to stop the escalating cycle of bloodshed.
This callous, this cold-blooded killing must stop. I condemn it in the
strongest terms. I call upon Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to do
everything in their power to stop the terrorist killing because there are
people in the Middle East who would rather kill than have peace," Bush said
during a stop in Atlanta. 

In Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Colin Powell formally labeled an Arafat-linked militia a terrorist organization yesterday. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a branch of Arafat's Fatah organization, has claimed responsibility the week before for a suicide
bombing at a Jerusalem shopping mall that killed two and injured more than
60.

If Hamas, Hezbolah, Islamic Jihad and Fatah believe that they can wear down
the Israeli people - then don't know the Israeli Sabra and his resolve. As
Americans became stronger after September 11th, Israelis have also closed
political and religious ranks and prepared for measures which will prevent
future terror attacks. Those measures in the Spring of 2002 took the form of
the IDF's Operation Defensive Shield.

Today, Israeli Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz announced during the government
cabinet session that the closure imposed on Judea, Samaria and the Gaza
Strip will last until after Independence Day. Mofaz added that security
authorities have decided on a series of preventative measures to thwart
terror attacks, including increased pressure on terror hubs, particularly in
Nablus.

The army and security services have once again gone on high alert in
anticipation of the Passover holidays. Defense sources report 50 warnings of
possible terrorist attacks, some in revenge for the assassination of Hamas
leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin two weeks ago.

The IDF has imposed a closure on the Gaza Strip for the duration of the
holiday. The Israeli border passes at Karni and Erez have closed down to
workers, but will enable the passage of merchandise. The Erez industrial
park will continue operating during the holiday. Authorities repeat that all
humanitarian aid will continue to flow into the West Bank and Gaza.

Thousands of policemen, border police, IDF troops and civil guard volunteers
will safeguard the borders, entertainment places and recreation sites over the holiday. Security in synagogues, hotels and West Bank settlements will also be beefed up with troops and technological auxiliaries.

Israeli police are beefing up security in shopping malls, market places and
other crowded places. Police also intend to set up more road barriers and
intensify its search for illegal Palestinian workers.

As Israel readies for this 2004 Passover, the news headlines are filled with
"Russia Condemns Israel's Threat Against Arafat" and "US Tells Israel Not to
Harm Arafat." The Passover Massacre did not take place in Washington or
Moscow.

Israel in it's war against terrorism, killed Hamas master terrorist Achmed
Yassin.

Yassin was responsible for the murders of 377 Israelis in at least 425
terrorist attacks over the past three-and-a-half years of the Palestinian
Authority's war against Israel. Among the most devastating attacks Hamas has
claimed responsibility for were the Park Hotel Passover Massacre in Netanya
on March 27, 2002; 29 killed, a suicide bombing of the number 2 bus coming
from Jerusalem's Western Wall on Aug. 19, 2003; 23 killed, including three
children and two babies; a suicide bombing at the Dolphinarium discotheque
in Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001; 22 killed, mostly teens; a suicide bombing of
Sbarro's in Jerusalem on Aug. 9, 2001; 15 killed, including five members of
the same family - three children and their parents; a suicide bombing of the
Matza restaurant in Haifa on March 31, 2002; 15 killed, including two
fathers each with his two children and the list goes on.

On Passover night we traditionally ask at the Passover dining table: 
"Why is this night different from any other night?"

We must now remember - it's not.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Israel President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Forming New Government

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel — March 26, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the President’s Office of Israel to the Israel News Agency.
President of Israel Reuven Rivlin has appointed outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK, with the task of forming the 34th Government of Israel, at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.  The President signed the official letter of appointment in his office with Prime Minister Netanyahu, before making public statements.
“In democracy, majority rules, and the majority has made its voice heard clearly in this election,” said President Rivlin. “The role of the President in the election is to serve as a trustee of the public.  Having consulted with representatives of all the elected parties, I hereby announce that more than sixty-one Members of Knesset, have recommended the outgoing Prime Minister, Member of Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu, as the chosen candidate for the task of forming a government.”
“Sir, you receive today the appointment of forming the government. You have been awarded the trust, of this dear people, ‘the dwellers of Zion’.  With the current challenges which lie before us, upon you rests the heavy responsibility to build a stable, and as inclusive as possible government, and as soon as can be achieved.  We stand behind you, as you embark upon this important, and complex task.
Three critical missions lie before the incoming government and Knesset – the coalition and the opposition alike.  The first is the issue of the relationship between Israel and the United States, the most important of our allies.  The second is to return stability to the political system, and the rebuilding of public confidence in it.  We must not go back to elections in another two years.  And the third is healing the wounds, mending the painful rifts, which have gaped open in the past years, and widened further in the course of this recent election.”
The President continued: “Citizens of Israel, we have endured a difficult election period.  In the heat of our differences, it seems our sense of hearing has been dulled.  From every direction, things were said which ought not to have been said.  Not in a Jewish state, and not in a democratic state.  Fanning the flames serves no one.  The fire doesn’t only heat, it threatens to engulf in flames.  Today is the time to begin to heal these wounds.  It is a time to begin the task of mending the rifts.  We must be prepared, for more difficult times which may well come.  In order for us to be able to fight for our home, we must continue to build it together, all the citizens of Israel.  This responsibility rests on all our shoulders, and it rests on your shoulders, Mr. Prime Minister.  Together with all the Israeli people, I pray for your success.  I pray that your hand should be steady and your spirit strong.  Your success, is our success.  Your achievements, are our achievements.”
The Prime Minister responded: “I accept upon myself, with a deep sense of responsibility, the task of forming the government, which has been bestowed upon me.”
“I am moved, and aware of the magnitude of this responsibility.  I view myself as Prime Minister of each and every citizen of Israel.  I will act to mend the rifts which have opened up between different segments of society during the election.  We must put the election behind us, and focus on that which we have in common.  This is the way of a Jewish, democratic state, which maintains the rights of its citizens regardless of their faith, race or sex.  So it has always been, and so it always will be.”

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Netanyahu Visits Wounded Israel Border Police

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 12, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Border Police Headquarters in Jerusalem and met with the Border Police officers who were wounded in last Friday’s terrorist attack and the officers and security guards who were involved in neutralizing the terrorist.
Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, Jerusalem Border Police Commander Amos Yaakov and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also attended the meeting.
 Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following remarks:
“I came here today to note the activity of the security forces on duty in Jerusalem, and to commend the fighters who, in recent weeks, have – time and again – foiled attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks in our capital city.
In the end, the test is upon the person himself, the same police officers and the security guard who, at the decisive moment, simply did the work.
 The eyes of the entire world are on Jerusalem, our capital city. There are those who are trying to undermine it. There are those who are trying to ignite a religious war here. The sensitivity, wisdom and responsibility of the commanders, soldiers, security personnel and citizens is critical in order to maintain security in the city and prevent the same conflagration that extremist Islam is igniting throughout the Middle East.”
Netanyahu concluded: “This mission is very complex and I would like to thank those who are involved in the matter – the Police Commissioner, the Mayor of Jerusalem, the Israel Border Police commander, the police personnel, the volunteers and all of the fighters.”


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Israel News Agency Covering US Congress, Netanyahu Speech -


By Israel News Agency


This is the second of two photos Joel Leyden shot at Congress moments before Netanyahu spoke. 
As print media, we were told not to use our cameras. But Leyden did grab this piece of history before being told not to by the House / Senate Logistics team.
How was it being there? Totally awesome. 

Proud to be an Israeli! — in Washington, District of Columbia.