Israellycool » Israel http://www.israellycool.com Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 WATCH: The Truth Behind the IDF http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/24/watch-the-truth-behind-the-idf/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/24/watch-the-truth-behind-the-idf/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:23:23 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78541 With so many lies and propaganda being disseminated against Israel and the IDF, soldier Hananya has felt the need to create the following video.

I hate the fact we live in a topsy-turvy world where there is a need for videos like this.

As for the haters,  I don’t expect this video – or any argument really – to make an impact. I fully expect them to bring up isolated incidences of soldiers doing the wrong thing (yes, it happens in every army). The things is, such behavior is the exception, not the rule, and is swiftly condemned and is certainly not institutionalized (like, say, the practice of human shields and terrorism in Gazan society)

And by the way, Hananyah is a Christian Israeli. So you can’t blame this video on the Jooooooooos.

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Reader Post: The Speech Netanyahu Ought to Make http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/24/reader-post-the-speech-netanyahu-ought-to-make/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/24/reader-post-the-speech-netanyahu-ought-to-make/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:55:49 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78542 binyamin netanyahuThe speech Netanyahu ought to make

The State of Israel was founded so the Jewish people would have a state.

The theory was simple: if the Germans had a state and were not persecuted, and the French had a state and were not persecuted – then the recipe to end thousands of years of persecution was to create a state for the Jewish people. In some way, we would join the community of nation-states. We would return to our ancestral homeland, we would build a state, and the world would stop hating us.

After World War II, the remnants of European Jewry joined their brethren here. They were followed soon after by hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands. With that, in some fundamental way, the mission of the State of Israel changed. The role of the State was no longer to make the Jews a people like other peoples; it was now to protect the Jewish people and ensure that they could survive in a world that hated them and had ever greater tools with which to harm them.

Today, the State of Israel is still the ultimate refuge for the Jewish people. It is the place where Jews can run to – so when Jews need to flee, they will never again be greeted only by closed doors. The State is a refuge, it is a home and it is a sanctuary. As antisemitism again rears its ugly head around the world, Israel is a place of hope and an island of escape.

But survival is not the only goal of a people. Survival is not and cannot be our only mission.

As is so typical in our history, even as we face existential threats, we are flourishing. The State exists to protect against those threats, but the People whose state it is exist to accomplish so much more. Israel is not here simply to continue to be here. We are here to bring life and hope and opportunity and blessing to the world. We are here to be the polar opposite of the hate and destruction that is consuming so many people in so many places.

Tonight, I want to announce a major change in the international policies of the State of Israel. I recognize that many will see risks in what I am about to propose. But our purpose as a nation is not just to stop terrorist infiltrators who cross under our borders or missile attacks which sail over them. We can do so much more to reinforce good and limit evil in our world.

The wars which surround us are ideological wars. Beyond the wars between Sunni and Shia, there is a more fundamental conflict. There is a war of ideas between the secular Europe and the religious Middle East. And as it always has been, the land of Israel is a crossroads. Despite our incredibly small size, or perhaps because of it, our own ideological conflicts are brought into sharp contrast.

But despite our conflict, Israel is not at war with Israel and secular Jews are not at war with religious Jews. We have our differences and our conflicts – but throughout our society we treasure life and creation and we decry death and destruction.

It is, I believe, our mission to share and spread these values.

Amsterdam was a refuge from the sectarian wars of Europe and Hong Kong was a refuge from the Communist spasms of China. They were places that offered not only hope for those who were running – but opportunity for those people to live lives of fulfillment.

We have an opportunity to create such a place. Israel can create a city – a small place – where people can run from the Islamist spasms which surround us. It will not be a refuge camp – people will be made citizens of this new place and given the rights to remain. It will not be a charity case – the place will need to stand on its own feet in short order. And it will not be a risk – the city will be administered by Israel until it has achieved peaceful stability. We are imperfect masters of integrating those who have come with nothing. Perhaps we can share our gifts.

Just as East Berlin represented a thorn in the side of Communism, our little place can represent a thorn in the side of destructive Islamism. With a small investment, we can build something better – something that leverages the best of our people and of theirs. We can rob ISIS and its ilk of their most important fuel – productive people who want to build with their lives.

We know the reality of closed doors. We have opened one for our own people. By opening another, we can extend our friendships and spread our ideals.

More than anything else, we can build hope.

But hope and creation are not enough. Improving the world is not only about building. Sometimes, it is about destruction.

I had a friend explain to me that if a nation is driven by a desire for pride, pleasure, money or territory – and they are attacked by another nation driven by a desire for pleasure, money or territory – then the war that results has strict rules. The rules exist so that the horrible destruction that accompanies war is limited in some way.

But if one nation is driven by a desire for pride, pleasure, money or territory – and they attack another nation that has no desire for war – then the rules change. The nation which is attacked has an obligation not just to defend itself, but to make an example of the attackers. The nation which has been attacked must punish the aggressor. It is how we teach those who are aggressors that there are costs in such aggression. Just as punishing murderers is key to discouraging violence, punishing murderous nations if key to build a more peaceful world.

And so, for these wars, the defenders’ rules of engagement are relaxed.

When Germany cities were bombed at the end of World War II – the German people and others who might have become like them were being taught a lesson. The bombing taught that such aggression came with a tremendous cost. And it taught that the nation as a whole faced responsibility for allowing genocidal killers to govern them.

This lesson was a success. Decades passed before another genocidal conflict scarred the face of Europe. It was understood that war for the glory and spoils of war would be met with overwhelming destruction.

When dealing with an aggressor, such destruction is both just and morally imperative.

Today, the Jewish people face another genocidal aggressor. That aggressor is the Government of Iran.

We have no territorial dispute with Iran. And we seek no glory, wealth, pleasure or territory in conflict with them. Churchill promised only “blood, sweat and tears” to the people of Britain. World War II offered nothing else. Likewise, our path to conflict with Iran offers us nothing. War offers only horror and loss. But we know – as Churchill did – that somehow the cost of failing to resist an aggressor like Germany or Iran can come at even greater cost. It opens the world to uncontained corruption.

I have spent every ounce of my political capital fighting the so-called Iran deal. And I have lost. Diplomatic victories now will only be achieved at the margins – slowing that government down just a bit as it pursues its wars of conquest and slaughter. With sanctions lifted and cash unlocked, both the Iranian militias in our region and the destabilizing Iranian allies in South America and Asia will be fundamentally strengthened.

The world has given them not only weapons, but courage. They now know they can embrace their most audacious dreams and the world will yield to them. They have learned the lessons that encourage murder and war and destruction.

If the war comes, we will suffer. We will face a threat to our basic survival. Today, I am putting the world on notice. If the Iranian government launches a genocidal attack – whether or not they succeed – the ancient and proud Persian people will also suffer terribly.

For the community of nations not to devolve into unchecked conflict, those who allow genocidal governments to thrive must pay the consequences.

And so I am announcing – without ambiguity – that Israel can launch nuclear weapons from the air, land and sea. And in recent years, we have greatly expanded our stockpile of weapons and our capacity for second strikes. With hundreds of warheads ready to launch, we can and will respond to a genocidal assault with overwhelming and deadly force.

The Ayatollah’s may or may not care about the death of their people in their Messianic calculus. But I am begging the Persian people to do so in their calculus. Because if the war comes, and the Ayatollahs attempt to wipe us off the face of the map, the people of Persia will be culpable. And they will suffer.

If a genocidal assault is launched, Persia will cease to exist. Thousands of years of peace and cooperation and friendship will be replaced by war and death.

This is not the road we want to follow. Israel and her people want peace. We do not want “blood, sweat and tears.” We do not want suffering and death. We want peace. And we want friendship.

Fundamentally, I believe that the people of Iran do as well. This is why they have tried, again and again to overthrown their government. But they have never succeeded. They have been outgunned and out-muscled and out maneuvered. And in the process they have been brutalized.

While the people of Iran have a moral obligation to remove their government – we too have a moral obligation. We have an obligation to help. We have an obligation to short-circuit the war of the Ayatollahs.

For that reason, our military industries will be mass manufacturing small arms – arms to be distributed to the Iranian people. Instead of cruise missiles loaded with bombs to kill the people of Iran, we will fire cruise missiles loaded with guns so the people of Iran can free themselves.

We will give the people of Persia a last chance to reject the blood-lust of their rulers.

They may not respond. They may not choose peace over their genocidal government. But if they choose war, they must understand that this war will have no winners.

I want to offer peace, prosperity and lives of fulfillment to both the people of Israel and our ancient friends – the people of Persia.

I want to offer it unconditionally.

But sadly, death and suffering are still waiting in the wings.

May G-d bless us and may G-d bless Iran.

And may the Persian people join us this holiday season in choosing the Book of Life.

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BDSHoles Abuse Holocaust Survivor And Call Him “Nazi” http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/bdsholes-abuse-holocaust-survivor-and-call-him-nazi/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/bdsholes-abuse-holocaust-survivor-and-call-him-nazi/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:01:05 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78538 The face of BDS and the anti-Israel crowd.

bournemouth action for israelHenry Schachter set up the Bournemouth Action for Israel stand at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset to provide an alternative view to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s stall which regularly appears at the event.

But the 76-year-old said he and his colleagues were forced to retreat amid “intimidating and virulent” abuse by Left-wing Palestine supporters who were all white English people.

Mr Schachter, whose Jewish parents were killed by the Nazis, said his group was compared to the BNP during last week’s incident in which a “flashmob” threw pamphlets to the ground and tried to deface the stand.

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Mr Schachter said: “As a survivor of the Holocaust it makes me feel disgusted and sad to be called things like a Nazi. The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival is exactly the place for people from different organisations to exercise freedom of speech.

“But it was anything but free speech. It was intimidating and virulent abuse by a flashmob of far-Left bullies.”

It is quite amazing how these so called “leftists” advocate free speech and non-violence.

Except when you support Israel. Then they are all about censorship and support of terrorism.

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Mariah Carey To Perform Here; Reportedly “Fell In Love” With Israel http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/mariah-carey-to-perform-here-reportedly-fell-in-love-with-israel/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/mariah-carey-to-perform-here-reportedly-fell-in-love-with-israel/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:44:15 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78534 It’s official: weeks after visiting Israel, it has been confirmed Mariah Carey will be performing on August 18th.

No doubt, the BDSholes are going to be getting their panties in a twist over this. But according to TMZ, they might as well save their energy.

Mariah made her first trip to the Holy Land back in June with billionaire beau James Packer, a friend of the Israeli prime minister, and we’re told she fell in love with the place.

Which would also explain why even almost 2 weeks after leaving Israel, she was still posting photos from her trip.

#FBF Roc and Roe’s magical adventure in the Holy Land. #travel #israel #camel #adventure #mariahcarey

A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

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Translation Fail Of The Day http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/translation-fail-of-the-day-2/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/23/translation-fail-of-the-day-2/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:14:46 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78524 Or perhaps transliteration fail is more accurate.

soup of the day

The soup translates as “Cold tomato soup” and then, in parenthesis, the following transliteration: Gestapo

Photo sauce source

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Spotted In A Tel Aviv Supermarket http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/22/spotted-in-a-tel-aviv-supermarket/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/22/spotted-in-a-tel-aviv-supermarket/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:25:05 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78517 Something smells off..

body spray tel aviv

Photo source

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Photo of the Day: Virtual Unraveling of History http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/20/photo-of-the-day-virtual-unraveling-of-history/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/20/photo-of-the-day-virtual-unraveling-of-history/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:18:25 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78487 At first glance, this photo may not look like anything valuable or even something you would care to have around. But this woman is holding an invaluable piece of history in the little box.

piece of burnt parchment that was read by midro CT scan and virtually unrolled

In 1970, archaeologists found charred remains in a burnt out Holy Ark of a 7th century synagogue in Ein Gedi, by the Dead Sea.

However, it took until now for modern technology to reveal its contents.

Carbon dating had shown the burnt object to be from the 6th century. But reading its contents by regular CT scanning did not work. It took micro-CT scanners of Merkel Technology to make 3D diagrams that were usable. The data was given to a Computer Science professor at the University of Kentucky in the United States, who developed a new scanner. With a team of students, the text was “virtually unrolled” and its contents revealed. The newly gleaned information matched the first eight sentences of the Book of Leviticus.

The results of the new technology has all at Israel Antiquities Authority excited, as this is considered the biggest find since the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Part of a 6th century scroll of the Five Books of Moses, found in a burnt out 7th century synagogue, confirming a Jewish presence in the land after the destruction of the Second Temple, the week before Tisha B’Av, is that a random coincidence?

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Max Blumenthal’s Latest “White” Lie http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/max-blumenthals-latest-white-lie/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/max-blumenthals-latest-white-lie/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:27:08 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78453 Last week, in the wake of news Hamas had captured an Ethiopian Israel, pathological Israel hater Max Blumenthal embarked on a Twitter rant to show how racist Israel is against “non-White” Israelis.

Leaving aside the fact Blumenthal is a cheerleader for Hamas who kidnapped the poor man to begin with – and does not seem bothered by their racism – he is also once again lying.

Here is a photo of the three murdered teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel.

three kidnapped boys

As you can clearly see from the photo, Eyal Yifrach (on the left) was no “white Ashkenazi.”

It is also a lie to imply only “white Ashkenazim” would be relatable for Jewish Israelis. In fact, the majority of Israeli Jews are Mizrahi i.e. Jews who trace their roots back to Muslim-majority countries.

Max Blumenthal and Israel-haters like him are kind of like The Force in Star Wars – in the sense they can “have a strong influence on the weak-minded.”

Or, perhaps more accurately, those who are either too willing to believe the lies or too lazy to question them (hat tip: Adam).

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Ten Years On We Must Remember Gush Katif http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/ten-years-on-we-must-remember-gush-katif/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/ten-years-on-we-must-remember-gush-katif/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:39:06 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78422 Nitzan, Gush Katif

Graffiti in Nitzan: You will not break our spirit. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Life in Gush Katif was good, even idyllic. The children had free range to roam about. No one locked their doors. And the sea was always there along with rolling acres of gleaming golden sand.

Once, a child of five went missing. The people searched everywhere, fearing the worst. At last they found him, fast asleep, under his best friend’s bed. That child is now 40 years old.

In the early days, during the 80’s, not too many Gush Katif people owned cars. So the Jews would go to nearby Khan Yunis to do their shopping or get their drivers licenses. But it was a symbiotic relationship and the Arabs in Khan Yunis depended on the Jews of the Gush as much as the Jews depended on them. Thousands of Arabs were employed by the Jewish farmers of Gush Katif.

In fact, our tour guide on 10 Buses for 10 Years, Oreet Segal, said that Ganei Tal, where she lived, employed 400 hundred Arab workers at the time of the “Expulsion.” “That’s what I call it,” she said, “Because that’s what it was.”

Memorial to Gush Katif, all that is left, a box of sand. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Memorial to Gush Katif at the heritage center in Nitzan, a box of sand. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Segal notes that their Arab workers just wanted to do their work and go home to their families at the end of the day. Unfortunately, in uprooting 22 communities, and expelling just shy of 11,000 people from their homes (if you count those expelled from the Shomron, Samaria), the Sharon government effectively created a situation of rampant Arab and Jewish unemployment. The Arabs who had worked in Gush Katif for the Jews, were now without work. But the Jews of Gush Katif lost their farms and also had no place to live, despite assurances that “for everyone, there is a solution,” which turned out to be a lie.

As of this writing, ten years since the Expulsion, 300 Gush Katif families/expellees still have no homes.

Most of the 11,000 had no idea where they were going when they were trucked out of the communities to which they had devoted their youth and strength, making something out of nothing, a bit like the Creator. When they moved in, an Arab sheikh had dropped by with bread and salt to welcome them. “What will you do?” he asked. “No one has ever managed to grow anything here.”

Ah, but the Jews have come back, they said. Now things will grow.

They were thrown out of their beautiful homes and dispossessed of their flourishing farms. Some of them were dumped here to live in "caravillas", in Bnei Dekalim. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

They were thrown out of their beautiful homes and dispossessed of their flourishing farms. Some of them were dumped here to live in “caravillas,” in Bnei Dekalim. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

And grow they did. They grew tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. They prospered. And all of it was l’tiferet Medinat Yisrael, for the glory of the State of Israel, for they were not only trying to carve a living from hostile growing conditions, but living the Zionist dream.

It was the government that encouraged them to live there, the government that put them there. And now, it was the government that on a capricious whim expelled them as if these people and the lives they’d built were inconsequential. They took them out in trucks, stuck them in hotels and guest houses, where some of the expellees lived for a year.

Does living in a hotel for a year sound like a fun time? It might until you consider that your children might be in separate rooms, sometimes on separate floors, behind locked doors. Or perhaps all together in one room, mother, father, and all five children.

While the expelled were in the hotels, the government set up “caravillas” for some of them, or as Segal called them, “Cardboard boxes.”

This pipe serves as a bomb shelter for the embattled people of Nitzan.

This graffit-covered pipe serves as a bomb shelter for the embattled people of Nitzan. On the right, “The Land of Israel is for the Nation of Israel.” On the left, “Don’t be at all afraid, my dear brothers.” (photo credit: RealJStreets)

I remember all this in vivid living color, because I monitored the sitution from my perch in Efrat. I remember how the missiles rained down on the caravillas and the irony of that. We’d thrown them out of their homes for “peace” and installed them in cardboard boxes, making the expellees targets for the tens of thousands of missile attacks that would and did (and do) ensue as a result of the Expulsion.

We were a small minibus of a group, touring the communities that absorbed most of the expellees of Gush Katif. The idea behind this tour, sponsored by the International Young Israel Movement, Israel Region (IYIM), was to raise awareness of the plight of the Gush Katif people, ten years on. Nine more such groups will be visiting the area in upcoming weeks. I would urge anyone who can to sign up for the limited number of seats available, because this is one helluva shocking eye-opener.

The injustice done to these people is horrifying. It makes you sick to your stomach to think of it: how Sharon made the Expulsion an election issue, promised he would not do it. How he then promised to accept the mandate of the people and then promptly rejected the results of the referendum that was held. How he promised that the settlers would be compensated.

And how subsequently they were NOT. Not compensated.

Memorial in Nitzan, to a community split in half. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Memorial in Nitzan, to a community split in half. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Sure. They got something. Take Oreet, our tour guide from Ganei Tal. She had a home there that was 325 square meters and received a compensation package that was enough to build a home that was 160 square meters. Oreet and her family were farmers. They grew tomatoes, herbs, and peppers. When they had a good year, like other people in Gush Katif, they built on an extra room. What else were they going to spend their money on?

So she had this money, after 11 months of being in a hotel with her 5 children. She and her husband no longer had the farm, hence no livelihood. They were middle-aged, too old to be employable, unless they wanted to bag items for customers in the local Superpharm. But they had bills to pay and mouths to feed.

What kind of solution is THAT?

We heard the same story with different, but similar details from all the people we met on the day-long tour. Take Yehuda Gross, formerly of Neve Dekalim, for instance. Yehuda lived in Gush Katif for over 23 years. His five children were born there. Everything they knew was there: schools, business, everything. It was the center of life for the Gross family.

Sure, there was the occasional missile, and at that point in his recitation, Yehuda brought out from under the counter of his hardware store, a two-foot tall rocket and we gasped. And gasped again when Yehuda told us the rocket had gone through the roof of the Gross home into his son’s bedroom.

Yehuda Gross, who remains optimistic in spite of so much tragedy. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Yehuda Gross, who remains optimistic in spite of so much tragedy. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

At the time, his son had been praying the morning service in synagogue.

And of course, there were endless stories that could be told. The stories could only be explained as nissim gluyim, revealed miracles. The Arabs themselves did not understand how it was that they launched so many missiles and so few Jews were killed. “Hashem protected us,” said Yehuda. “It can be explained no other way.”

When the Gross family was expelled, they were told they’d be put up in a hotel for just ten days, and ended up staying there for 6 months. Yehuda Gross was then told it would take only 3 months for the government to get his new business up, “We’re still waiting,” said Gross.

The shingle over the "illegal" framing store Yehuda built after waiting and not receiving promised help from the government.

The shingle over the “illegal” framing store Yehuda built after waiting and not receiving promised help from the government. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

He had mouths to feed. They all did. So he and a friend pooled their resources and put up a framing and hardware store in Nitzan, where the government put their families after throwing them out of their homes. Not long after he opened the store, Yehuda got a threatening note from the Israeli treasury, to the effect that he was trespassing and that he must evacuate the premises immediately. “Fine,” he responded. “I’ll evacuate the premises. Just as soon as you give me that store you promised me more than two years ago.”

People had to eat, you see. They had to feed their children, pay their bills. The government had made them homeless and jobless.

Homespun sign in Yehuda Gross' shop. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Homespun sign in Yehuda Gross’ shop, “To all customers, with every work order, please submit a partial payment up front. Thank you for your cooperation. Yehuda Gross.” (photo credit: RealJStreets)

We toured the Gush Katif heritage museum where Gush Katif Spokewoman, Debbie Rosen tearfully told us the too sad history of what we did to our own. We sat on padded tree stumps, the remains of Gush Katif trees, and watched a split-screen tour of a destroyed community. The camera rolled as it slowly chronicled the changes to one street, the gorgeous homes and gardens as they were, now turned into piles of rubble.

I asked Debbie, “How can you do this day in and day out? Talk about this stuff, without breaking down?”

“We must remember,” she said.

Inside a makeshift bomb shelter in Nitsan.

Inside a makeshift bomb shelter in Nitzan. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

We started out sitting on those tree stumps, then wandered from room to room, as Debbie explained the exhibits that showed the ancient history of Gush Katif, where medieval Rabbi Yisrael Najara lived and wrote the Sabbath tune Kah Ribon Olam (God, Master of the Universe). We learned about the contemporary history of the area, watched Yitzchak Rabin proclaim, “Zeh yom gadol. Yom gadol. A great day,” in a clip from 1976 of the dedication ceremony for Netzer Hazani.

The government put them there then threw them out with nothing.

Near the end of the tour, we once again sat on something from Gush Katif, tiny wooden boxes, each marked with the name of a family to be expelled. These were the boxes the soldiers gave to the families in which they were to pack a lifetime of possessions and dreams. Other than cry, what could I do to make up for what was done to these people, MY people?

The boxes in which the people of Gush Katif were supposed to store their belongings, their lives, made into seats in the Gush Katif heritage center. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

The boxes in which the people of Gush Katif were supposed to store their belongings and their lives, made into benches in the Gush Katif heritage center. This one is marked with the surname “Elituv.” (photo credit: RealJStreets)

I put five shekels in the pushke, the charity box.

Our final stop was Bnei Dekalim, where we were addressed by Shlomo Yulis, a sixth-generation born Jerusalemite, and a founder of Neve Dekalim. Shlomo talked about the annual basketball tournament he created as a living memorial to his son, who died at only eleven and a half years old. He talked about his son’s prophetic fear that Gush Katif would not be his final resting place, and how he remarked that if the families were expelled, his family would have to mourn him all over again, after his reinterment.

That is exactly what happened.

Shlomo told us about the closeness of the community. How for a period of three years, he had to drive his son to Beilinson Hospital in Tel Aviv for treatments each day, and how the community took care of his other children, even dressing them in Purim costumes at holiday time, so he never had to worry about them.

Shlomo Yulis (photo credit: RealJStreets)

Shlomo Yulis (photo credit: RealJStreets)

“What was your son’s name,” I asked him in Hebrew.

“Itai. His name was Itai,” he said and then it was as if everyone else in the room had disappeared. He was speaking only to me, each word like a dagger in the heart, dripping with pain. His eyes said what his words, what no words, could express.

“The land of Gush Katif does not belong to Sharon, Netanyahu, or Ben Gurion, but to Am Yisrael, the nation of Israel,” said Yulis. “How did we finally return to Jerusalem?” he asked.

A road sign pointing in the direction of Gush Katif, is all that remains of that community, except for the spirit, which continues unbroken. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

A road sign pointing in the direction of Gush Katif, is all that remains of that community, except for the spirit, which continues unbroken. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

“We returned to Jerusalem because all these years, over more than 2000 years, we kept Jerusalem alive in our hearts. We talked about Jerusalem and we vowed we would return.

“This is why it is imperative we speak about Gush Katif, and that we continue to identify with and feel connected to the land,” said Yulis.

There is so much more I could tell you. About the bodies of loved ones that had to be dug up and reburied elsewhere, far from the homes they loved. About the spate of heart attacks. The suicides that were not buried as suicides, but probably were. The divorces. The people who never recovered from the shock and wrenching pain. The soldiers who expelled them who were told to wear sunglasses and never to make eye contact with the families as they tore them away from their homes, their lives.

On the road to Moshav Ganei Tal, the new home of the Ganei Tal expellees. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

On the road to Moshav Ganei Tal, the new home of the Ganei Tal expellees. (photo credit: RealJStreets)

And most of all the betrayal: the betrayal of 11,000 Jews by their own people, some of whom remain homeless until today. It is unspeakable. But we must speak of it, must speak of the Expulsion of the people of Gush Katif.

Please think of Gush Katif and speak about it with your family and friends. Please help keep the memory of the place alive in your hearts, so that someday we may return and restore the peace and productiveness of an era we destroyed.

For more about Ten Buses for Ten Years, please see: http://www.iyim.org.il/10buses/

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Rewriting History: Gaza http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/rewriting-history-gaza/ http://www.israellycool.com/2015/07/19/rewriting-history-gaza/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:29:08 +0000 http://www.israellycool.com/?p=78379 The world has watched as ISIS smashes ancient relics. Reports of destruction have come from IraqNimrud, Nineveh, and other locations. The destruction by Islamic State of precious artifacts in the Mosul museum has archaeologists and historical communities “dismayed.”

Islamic State, however, is not alone in its attempt to rewrite Middle East history. The Arab propaganda machine has been busy creating Pallywood productions that demonize Israel, and slowly eliminating millennial old evidence of the Jewish presence in “Palestine.”

Kfar Darom first modern Jewish settlement in GAza

I say Jewish presence in “Palestine,” because when the Jews lived in Kfar Darom there was not yet a state called “Israel” and there was no Arab people called “Palestinians.”

Jews in Gaza in biblical time

Those Jewish settlers of Kfar Darom were not the first Jews in Gaza. The Bible makes reference to the territory in its recitation of the history of the Jewish patriarchs.

Jewish communities in Gaza old time

Through the centuries Jews retained their connection to the land by the sea. It is written that the Hasmonean Kings built a Jewish settlement to house trade caravans.

Jewish life in Gaza in old texts

The Talmud and Mishna offer references to a Gaza synagogue.

Mosaic floor of old synagogue in Gaza that was destroyed

The ancient and priceless mosaic floor of that Gazan synagogue, however, was destroyed.

photo of GAnie Tal before it was destroyed in 2005

Ariel Sharon was active in the Gaza Strip resettlement project. Then, a couple of decades after the fact, Sharon, in capacity of his role as Prime Minister of Israel, removed every last Jewish resident.  There was a Jewish presence in the Gaza Strip until only ten years ago, but when the Jews left, Arabs lost their jobs and incomes. Hamas was elected as the ruling power. Thousands and thousands of rockets were fired on Israel. And still the world damns the Israeli occupation.

Ryan Bellerose has written regarding the rights of the Jews to Israel as an indigenous people here on Israellycool.

Yet, more and more people believe the rewriting of history coming from the Arab propaganda machine.

Jews in Gaza1922 Palestinian document

Photo credit: Sara Abergel

The Government of Palestine gave a provisional certificate of Palestinian citizenship to Yosef, on October 26, 1922. He was one of many Jews who were born in the late 19th century and lived in Gaza.

In trying to destroy evidence and distort facts of Jewish residency in Gaza, will they be successful in rewriting history?

 

Photos and video taken in: The Gush Katif Museum in Nitzan

Updated: July, 22, 2015 with the addition of citizenship document photo.

 

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