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Archive for September, 2008

Were The Soldiers Brainwashed?

Posted by naomigrossman on September 22, 2008

Dr. Amira Dor of Raanana has filed a complaint with the Ethics Committee of the Israel Board of Psychologists following a report on the way in which the army allowed the brainwashing of its soldiers at the time of the Disengagement. Israel National News gives a description of the disturbing facts found in the report, which was based on interviews with soldiers, as well as extensive research on thousands of pages of “mental preparation kits” and political briefings.

To read the report on IsraelNN, click here.


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Enviromental Row Over Proposed New Orange Community

Posted by naomigrossman on September 17, 2008

The Jerusalem Post reports that the National Planning Council has approved the construction of a new community in Mirsham, located in the Lachish Region near Kiryat Gat and Beit Govrin. The new community will provide a permanent home for 45 families that formerly lived in Gush Katif. Two other communities have also been approved in the Lachish area, possibly providing accommodation for around 300 Gush Katif families.

This news has not been well received by environmentalists, however, who may well appeal the decision.

To read the article in The Jerusalem Post, click here.

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American Students To Protest Against New Disengagement

Posted by naomigrossman on September 10, 2008

IsraelNN reports that Jewish American students are planning a coast-to-coast protest against Olmert’s proposed new disengagement plan. They also want to wake up the Jewish leadership and galvanize them into speaking out against the plan.

The demonstration is expected to last 45 minutes, or one classroom session, in which the students and high school pupils will stand to show their solidarity. IsraelNN quotes the organizer, Yosef Rabin of the United Jewish Student Council as saying, ““We are striking in response to the silence of the Jewish leadership on the planned expulsion of 300,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria, division of Jerusalem and the abandonment of the holy Temple Mount.”

To read the article on Israel National News, click here.

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Government Throwing “Sand in the Eyes” of West Bank Residents

Posted by naomigrossman on September 7, 2008

Ynet, the website of Yediot Acharonot, reports on the reactions of the former residents of Gush Katif to Chaim Ramon’s latest plan to compensate the Jewish residents of 72 communities that the government is thinking of relocating.


According to the plan, the government will compensate each family that moves prior to an evacuation. However, former residents of Gush Katif, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation and continue to be out of work three years after the expulsion, have a strong sense of déjà vu.


They are throwing sand in these settlers’ eyes,” Chaggit Yaron, formerly of Neve Dekalim, is quoted as saying in the article. “They think money can solve this matter, but money is not even the issue. There are values and ideology here which are not being discussed at all, and instead they talk about the money the settlers will be given. Such a move cannot be implemented in exchange for money.”


Click here to read the full article that appeared on Ynet.

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Children in training in the Gaza Strip; Islamic Jihad stages parade

Posted by emmalazarus on September 1, 2008

An article appeared in Israel National News, which highlights the latest in the military build up that is going on in Gaza, particularly amongst the young. The article written by Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel of Israel National News quotes an 11 year old boy as saying “I am learning how to fight the Jews and kill Jewish children,” he goes on to say that: “The parents of the Jewish children are the soldiers and officers who kill us here. I want these parents to get a taste of what it’s like to have your children killed, just as the Palestinians experience every day.” (IsraelNN)

It is reported that this young boy along with many others, has undergone “live firearms training, including pistols and rifles, from the Salah al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees reports”. (IsraelNN)

On the same token, Islamic Jihad over the weekend held a military parade in the South of the Gaza Strip to show their force. Abu Hamzeh, the group’s military chief threatened to “unleash the fires of hell… We’re getting ready for the next round” he said (AFP) claiming that there are “hundreds of rockets” ready to fire on Israel.

Click here to see the full article that appeared in Israel National News

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