From: Robin Ticker <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 4:42 AM
Subject: 5768.09.28 Israel the Land of My Possession - RCRF, YITZHAR,Gershon Messika, Money transfers to Hamas, Samir Kundar brutal, Petition to davan at Temple Mount
To: do4israel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
28 Sivan 5768
July 1, 2008
Women In Green update,
1, RCRF at Kever Rachel Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, July 3rd,
2, Chizuk to Yitzhar July 8,
3. Samaria local council Head Gershon Messika! FANTASTIC, MI LAHASHEM EILAI
A7 article sent by Rafi
4.PM's Office: Money-Transfers to Hamas Is Policy
5. Smadar Haran Kaiser: The World Should Know What What Samir Kuntar Did to My Family.
6. Petition for Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount sent by Yosef Rabin.....
Received from Women in Green:
1. RCRF at Kever Rachel Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, July 3rd,
On THURSDAY, July 3, 2008, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, at 9:00 am at Rachels' Tomb- the Rachel's Children Reclamation Foundation and Emunah of Jerusalem will have a Tenth Year Anniversary of the Dedication of the RCFRF Sefer Torah to Kever Rachel.
Appreciations by Rabbi Shalom Gold, Recollection by Mina Fenton, City Council of Jerusalem, Reflections and Remembering Adir Zik, Z'l, by Nadia Matar.
Buses will leave the Kings Hotel.
For details email@example.com or call 054-224-2649
2, Chizuk to Mitzpe Yitzhar July 8, 2008
On TUESDAY, July 8, 2008, Women in Green and the "Rehavia women" will go on a CHIZUK (strengthening) trip to MITZPE YITZHAR in Samaria. We will leave Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem at 9:00 am and return approximately, please G-d, 2:00pm.
In Mitzpe Yitzhar we will visit the three pioneering familes living there. At 11:00 am Rabbi Uzi Sharbaf from Hevron will give a short shiur after which we will tour the area. As usual we will come to strengthen but we will come back strengthened.
Please order your seats by calling Anita 050-5777254 or Nadia 050-5500834
Latest political developments in Israel show that unfortunately Israel will be stuck with Ehud Olmert as its Prime Minister at least for the next few months.
There is no doubt that Olmert will try to appease the leftists in power in the media and in the State Attorneys office by harming the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.
The past few weeks have already seen an increase in destruction of so-called "illegal" caravans and homes of Jews living on hilltops in Judea and Samaria. Their so-called "illegality" is that they are defined as such by the US State Department, which ultimately regards even East Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhoods as illegal.
Last week the government came and destroyed some caravans in Yitzhar in Samaria. For a detailed account of what happened: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/126557
Other places where the Olmert-Livni-Yishai government plan on destroying homes are Ofra, Har Bracha and Migron, Migron being a community of some forty families.
It is clear that our reaction must be determined and forceful. We must fight like lions for each caravan and each shack that they want to destroy making it clear that the days of Gush Katif are over. Making it clear that in Judea and Samaria nobody will be able to expel us. It must be made clear to the authorities that if destroying just one caravan takes hours and hundreds of security forces, they will, pleae G-d, never succeed in forcing us out of our communities.
In fact, a group of activists have started organizing the "Kol Yisrael areivim Ze la zeh" plan. (All of Israel are responsible for each other). The idea is to organize all over the country protests in reaction to uprooting and destruction of outposts. If for instance the Olmert government sends troops to destroy a caravan in Samaria, not only will local activists make the job very difficult for the troops, but in addition there will be a avalanche of reactions all over the country - protests, road blocking, etc.
Women in Green is joining this effort. We will update you on any uprooting or destruction and will inform you as to how you can join the protest whether it is by actually joining the demonstration or by sending faxes of protest to your local embassies in the States.
One of the local leaders who understand that now is the time to be tough, is Samaria local council Head Gershon Messika. When many more leaders will speak like Gershon Messika (see news item below) Israel will finally be in much better shape.
With Love of Israel,
Ruth and Nadia Matar
Women in Green
3. Samaria local council Head Gershon Messika! FANTASTIC, MI LAHASHEM EILAI
by Gil Ronen, IsraelNN.com
June 28, l008
In an interview for this weekend's issue of SOS-Israel's leaflet, "Eretz Yisrael Shelanu," Masika said: "The attempt to make ourselves look beautiful for the general public and show them that we are nice, not 'extremists,' and want to connect to them with love, doesn't work. The general public understands nuances and it understood that in the struggle for Gush Katif we were not determined enough to hold on to the land.
"The result of the policy that led to the expulsion is that nobody gives a hoot about the expellees. They were thrown to the dogs and they are down and out and humiliated in refugee camps. Experience has thus shown that we need to change the policy. Our line of argumentation is not political, but very simple: the Land of Israel is ours and we will not give up a single grain of sand. Besides that, the concessions cause Jewish blood to be spilled."
'Go on the offensive'
"It is time to switch to an offensive war and stop being on the defensive all the time," Masika said. "We need to shout that the emperor has no clothes. The governments took us from bad to worse, from concession to concession, and brought us down to the gates of hell. They have no ideological or security value anymore, and they only serve our enemies."
Asked about the events at Yitzhar last week, he said: "The evacuation did not proceed with ease. There was serious resistance with dozens wounded on both sides. And the main thing is that by the grace of G-d, on the same night of the destruction of the structure, the new caravan at Givat Shaked was built, which shows great determination.
"As council head I tried to be there and prevent the violence and rioting by the uniform-wearers against the wonderful, devoted and ideological youth that is worthy of all praise. We admire this wonderful youth, that is the pride of Judea and Samaria and gives us great pride."
Not lambs any more
"The lesson of Gush Katif is that going like lambs to the slaughter yields no benefit but only means going from bad to worse, to a complete destruction of the State of Israel, of the military, of the communities, a deep chasm through society and bleeding wounds that will apparently never heal."
Masika, who was elected in the aftermath of the Disengagement and is not considered a part of the old Yesha leadership establishment, explained: "When you demand your rights without caring about the cost, the treatment you will receive will be, at the very worst, what the Druze got and what the Bedouins in the Negev got. They don't give a second thought to anything and that is why they are not uprooted, even though this is not their land."
"If the country does not wake up at the last minute, Migron will be a second Amona, with all of the serious meaning that involves. The reason the residents of Gush Katif were thrown to the dogs was that the eviction was wrapped in promises that supposedly, it would improve the security situation, and also improve the evacuees' lives. In fact they saw that the eviction not only did not improve anything, it actually made security worse and the evacuees reached rock-bottom."
'Daring struggle' ahead
"We will fight for every clod of earth. As the Arabs lehavdil say, that the land is sacred and one may not give up a single grain. Our struggle for the land is an existential necessity. We received it from the Kadosh Baruch Hu rightfully and no one is permitted to give it up. And the main thing like I said is that this is simply a security matter for the lives of millions of Jews. The State of Israel also understands that the planned eviction will not go smoothly. There will be a determined struggle and daring here with no compromises, and Amona will seem like an opening shot compared to it.
"I learned two things from the Expulsion, Masika added: "The real field of battle is the political one. That is why we must unite all of the forces in a single bloc with no differences, and the uniting cry should be the one uttered by Mattityahu the Maccabee, "mi leHashem elai!" ("Whoever is for the Lord let him come to me!"), and then we will be able to infuse the public with a new spirit.
"With HaShem's help, the day is not far when the leadership shall come out of the religious and hareidi public. Only we have the values, the clinging to Torah and Land and soil, as opposed to the alienated and disconnected secular leadership."
4.PM's Office: Money-Transfers to Hamas Is Policy
PM's Office: Money-Transfers to Hamas Is Policy
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) The Prime Minister's office has admitted, in a letter to the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center, that it is enabling the transfer of huge amounts of shekels into Hamas-run Gaza.
Asked about this issue by Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of human rights organization Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, the PM's office replied, "The transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip takes place with the knowledge of the Israeli government, for diplomatic reasons."
Notably, the letter states that the money is transferred to the PA, when in actuality, Hamas - not the PA - runs Gaza.
The PM's Bureau letter continues, "The money transfer takes place after consultations on the matter with the relevant elements, in which are taken into consideration various possibilities and ramifications of the stoppage of the transfers. At this stage, in light of the conclusion that was reached that it was an Israeli interest that the money transfers continue, it was decided to continue to transfer certain sums to Gaza."
Law Centers Demands Stop to Money Transfers
Shurat HaDin, an organization representing hundreds of terror victims in ongoing global battles against terror funding, had sent letters to the Prime Minister, the Bank of Israel and the Israel Postal Bank, demanding an immediate cessation to the transfer of funds to Hamas.
Israel Launders Hamas Money
A Law Center representative explained that the funds are transferred in two ways: "For one thing, trucks from Arab banks in Judea and Samaria bring new banknotes and shekels issued by the Bank of Israel to the Gaza crossings, where the money is exchanged for dollars and euros smuggled into Hamas under the Philadelphi Corridor from Iran and elsewhere. This means that Israel is essentially laundering Hamas's smuggled money."
Replacing Old With New
"In addition, the Bank of Israel sends Brinks trucks to the Gaza crossings to replace old, unusable shekel banknotes. It replaces the old ones with shiny new ones - and last November, just days after such an exchange took place, the whole world saw pictures of Hamas terrorists holding their Kalachnikov rifles kissing Israeli banknotes with pictures of Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi and Shmuel Yosef Agnon that they had just received as their salaries; they had not been paid in months, and the Hamas government appeared to be on the verge of collapse, when Israel stepped in with this delivery."
"Without these criminal acts," the Law Center writes, "Hamas' financial hold on the Strip would collapse, and thus these measures are directly responsible for shoring up the Hamas control over Gaza and its continued terrorist activity launched from the region."
Shurat HaDin director Darshan-Leitner had sharp words for the government of Israel, saying it "cannot fight against the Hamas terrorist organization with one hand, and continue to secretly finance it with the other. Hypocritically, the Prime Minister demands that governments around the world isolate and and embargo the Hamas terrorists in Gaza, and stop transferring funds to them, while at the same time he authorizes the transfer of Israeli currency into the hands of the enemy. ""There can be no doubt," Darshan-Leitner said, "that the Israeli government's policy of transferring shekels is assisting the Hamas terrorists with their missile attacks on the Negev communities. If the Prime Minister does not immediately halt the currency transfers to Gaza, Shurat HaDin will take all legal means available against the government to bring this terror financing to a close."
5. Smadar Haran Kaiser: The World Should Know What Samir Kuntar Did to My Family.
Date: 27 June 2008 02:03:55 GMT+03:00
Subject: Smadar Haran Kaiser: The World Should Know What Samir Kuntar Did to My Family
The World Should Know What He Did to My Family
By Smadar Haran Kaiser
The Washington Post Sunday, May 18, 2003; Page B02
Abu Abbas, the former head of a Palestinian terrorist group who was captured
in Iraq on April 15, is infamous for masterminding the 1985 hijacking of the
Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. But there are probably few who remember
why Abbas's terrorists held the ship and its 400-plus passengers hostage for
two days. It was to gain the release of a Lebanese terrorist named Samir
Kuntar, who is locked up in an Israeli prison for life. Kuntar's name is all
but unknown to the world. But I know it well. Because almost a quarter of a
century ago, Kuntar murdered my family.
It was a murder of unimaginable cruelty, crueler even than the murder of
Leon Klinghoffer, the American tourist who was shot on the Achille Lauro and
dumped overboard in his wheelchair. Kuntar's mission against my family,
which never made world headlines, was also masterminded by Abu Abbas. And my
wish now is that this terrorist leader should be prosecuted in the United
States, so that the world may know of all his terrorist acts, not the least
of which is what he did to my family on April 22, 1979.
It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband, Danny, and I had picnicked
with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our
home in Nahariya, a city on the northern coast of Israel, about six miles
south of the Lebanese border. Around midnight, we were asleep in our
apartment when four terrorists, sent by Abu Abbas from Lebanon, landed in a
rubber boat on the beach two blocks away. Gunfire and exploding grenades
awakened us as the terrorists burst into our building. They had already
killed a police officer. As they charged up to the floor above ours, I
opened the door to our apartment. In the moment before the hall light went
off, they turned and saw me. As they moved on, our neighbor from the upper
floor came running down the stairs. I grabbed her and pushed her inside our
apartment and slammed the door.
Outside, we could hear the men storming about. Desperately, we sought to
hide. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom;
I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was
dashing out the front door to take refuge in an underground shelter when the
terrorists came crashing into our flat. They held Danny and Einat while they
searched for me and Yael, knowing there were more people in the apartment. I
will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered
about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that
if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space
and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could
breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had
hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. "This is just like what happened
to my mother," I thought.
As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the
beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of
Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he
smashed my little girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That
terrorist was Samir Kuntar.
By the time we were rescued from the crawl space, hours later, Yael, too,
was dead. In trying to save all our lives, I had smothered her.
The next day, Abu Abbas announced from Beirut that the terrorist attack in
Nahariya had been carried out "to protest the signing of the
Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty" at Camp David the previous year. Abbas seems
to have a gift for charming journalists, but imagine the character of a man
who protests an act of peace by committing an act of slaughter.
Two of Abbas's terrorists had been killed by police on the beach. The other
two were captured, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Despite my
protests, one was released in a prisoner exchange for Israeli POWs several
months before the Achille Lauro hijacking. Abu Abbas was determined to find
a way to free Kuntar as well. So he engineered the hijacking of the Achille
Lauro off the coast of Egypt and demanded the release of 50 Arab terrorists
from Israeli jails. The only one of those prisoners actually named was Samir
Kuntar. The plight of hundreds held hostage on a cruise ship for two days at
sea lent itself to massive international media coverage. The attack on
Nahariya, by contrast, had taken less than an hour in the middle of the
night. So what happened then was hardly noticed outside of Israel.
One hears the terrorists and their excusers say that they are driven to kill
out of desperation. But there is always a choice. Even when you have
suffered, you can choose whether to kill and ruin another's life, or whether
to go on and rebuild. Even after my family was murdered, I never dreamed of
taking revenge on any Arab. But I am determined that Samir Kuntar should
never be released from prison. In 1984, I had to fight my own government not
to release him as part of an exchange for several Israeli soldiers who were
POWs in Lebanon. I understood, of course, that the families of those POWs
would gladly have agreed to the release of an Arab terrorist to get their
sons back. But I told Yitzhak Rabin, then defense minister, that the blood
of my family was as red as that of the POWs. Israel had always taken a
position of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. If they were going to
make an exception, let it be for a terrorist who was not as cruel as Kuntar.
"Your job is not to be emotional," I told Rabin, "but to act rationally."
And he did.
So Kuntar remains in prison. I have been shocked to learn that he has
married an Israeli Arab woman who is an activist on behalf of terrorist
prisoners. As the wife of a prisoner, she gets a monthly stipend from the
government. I'm not too happy about that.
In recent years, Abu Abbas started telling journalists that he had renounced
terrorism and that killing Leon Klinghoffer had been a mistake. But he has
never said that killing my family was a mistake. He was a terrorist once,
and a terrorist, I believe, he remains. Why else did he spend these last
years, as the Israeli press has reported, free as a bird in Baghdad, passing
rewards of $25,000 from Saddam Hussein to families of Palestinian suicide
bombers? More than words, that kind of cash prize, which is a fortune to
poor families, was a way of urging more suicide bombers. The fortunate thing
about Abbas's attaching himself to Hussein is that it set him up for
Some say that Italy should have first crack at Abbas. It had already
convicted him of the Achille Lauro hijacking in absentia in 1986. Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi now wants Abbas handed over so that he can begin
serving his life sentence. But it's also true that in 1985, the Italians had
Abbas in their hands after U.S. fighter jets forced his plane to land in
Sicily. And yet they let him go. So while I trust Berlusconi, who knows if a
future Italian government might not again wash its hands of Abbas?
In 1995, Rabin, then our prime minister, asked me to join him on his trip to
the White House, where he was to sign a peace agreement with Yasser Arafat,
which I supported. I believe that he wanted me to represent all Israeli
victims of terrorism. Rabin dreaded shaking hands with Arafat, knowing that
those hands were bloody. At first, I agreed to make the trip, but at the
last minute, I declined. As prime minister, Rabin had to shake hands with
Arafat for political reasons. As a private person, I did not. So I stayed
Now I am ready and willing to come to the United States to testify against
Abu Abbas if he is tried for terrorism. The daughters of Leon Klinghoffer
have said they are ready to do the same. Unlike Klinghoffer, Danny, Einat
and Yael were not American citizens. But Klinghoffer was killed on an
Italian ship in Abbas's attempt to free the killer of my family in Israel.
We are all connected by the international web of terrorism woven by Abbas.
Let the truth come out in a new and public trial.
And let it be in the United States, the leader in the struggle against
Smadar Haran Kaiser is a social worker. She is remarried and has two
6. Petition for Jewish Prayer on the Temple MountFrom: Yosef Rabin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 11:06 PM
Subject: Petition for Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount
1 Bring at least 600,000 Jews and lovers of Israel from all around the world together for an awesome, holy and Jewish cause
2 Spark a serious discussion throughout the Jewish world about the Temple Mount
3 Return Jewish Prayer to the Temple Mount
The first stage of this campaign will continue until after the fast of Tisha B'Av.
Tisha B'Av is the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Temples that once stood on the Temple Mount. The fast will begin at Sundown at 7:57pm on Saturday August 9th and will conclude shortly after sunset at 8:20pm on Sunday August 10th.
1st Temple was built by King Shlomo in 950BCE and was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE
2nd Temple rebuilt in 353 BCE and was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE
PS. For the Halachic implications of Aliyah L Har HaBayit please see the Rambam, Hilchot Beit Habichira, Perek 7 it can be found in Sefer Avodah.