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Tale of two mothers

In any conflict, the loss of the innocent civilians, especially children, is truly unbearable. We mourn for the loss of innocent human life.

I wish Israel’s war could be fought with no casualties. War is war. Which is why Israel avoids it at all costs, until it no longer can be avoided.

But some of the media coverage of the conflict in Israel comes off almost as ludicrous. The immoral score card ethics about the death count on each side is simply appalling.

First of all, it seems almost like there aren’t enough dead Jews to satisfy some political pundits. The far lower death toll on the Israeli side so far, for which I thank G-d, seems to be truly bothering some people.

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Life vs. Death

While here in Colorado the sky has recently sparkled, be it with colorful fireworks of all shapes and sizes celebrating our freedom on The Fourth, or the other night’s powerful thunderstorm with claps of thunder so strong and white electric threads of lightening so bright. Israelis’ heads are looking to the sky, too. Not for celebration or to revel in the glory of nature. But for war. The Iron Dome, as it does its thing — intercepting flying rockets — lights up the sky, sparkling for ...
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Seared into the story of the Jewish people

LIKE you, dear readers, “libi bemizrach,” “my heart,” at this very moment shredding to splinters, “is in the East.” For 18 days we traveled a painful, yet hopeful, journey together. As this painful chapter draws to a close, the release of the pent up hope we were all holding in has now turned to unbearable grief. The hope has burst forth in a wave of collective pain and sadness. We hoped together, now we weep together. We are all hurting. Together. That is the legacy that our bel...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:50 )

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Celebrating a kidnapping [VIDEO]

It’s Day 13 since the vicious violation of children’s rights, since the kidnapping by Hamas of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. As IDF’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” was unfolding the first week in Hebron, I felt this intense sense of the boys being protected. Hebron, after all, is our “Ir Avot,” the city of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. I felt like they were with Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — that hopefully they would be OK. Truly we were like a family, in an instant a diverse and all ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:27 )

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The three kidnapped teens

What really is there to say at such a painful time? My heart is broken along with all of yours. I feel consumed with worry. I am holding my breath along with the anguish of the entire Jewish people. All the Israeli friends I have spoken with are consumed. From “What more can Am Yisrael suffer?” to “Don’t worry, G-d is big.” We are strong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 )

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JTA News

Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

Ron Kampeas U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas. ... [Link]

Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

Marcy Oster The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border. ... [Link]

150 Palestinians arrested in raids on southern Gaza

Marcy Oster Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers. ... [Link]

Pro-Palestinian student demonstrators arrested in Australia for flag burning

Marcy Oster A group of student demonstrators was arrested in Melbourne after burning an Australian and an Israeli flag in protest at Israel’s invasion of Gaza. ... [Link]

Rockets intercepted over central Israel hours after FAA lifts ban

Marcy Oster The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted five rockets over central Israel hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on American carriers flying to Israel. ... [Link]

Israel calls for rejection of U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry

Ron Kampeas Israel’s government called for the rejection of a U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry into the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

FAA, reviewing Israeli measures, lifts flight ban

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. ... [Link]

Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

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