Sunday, August 19, 2012

Are Jews in Judea and Samaria adequately protected by Medinat Yisrael? Additional Clarification on Magen David Adom operating in Samaria.


Dear Chavrei Knesset, Media, Rabbanim and Activist List, amv"sh

I will answer the question in the subject line based on the impressions of an 11 year old girl, my daughters friend, who recently came back to the US after visiting Israel upon the occasion of celebrating her brother's Bar Mitzvah this past July.

Simply put.  Her father rented a car in Israel and she came back to NY with a report that she had been very nervous that the car might make a wrong turn and end up in unfriendly Arab territory.  

I remember when I was growing up, we used to get lost on family trips all the time.  We used to call it to "fahblunga",   I'm not sure if that's a Yiddish or Hungarian expression.  it was the norm, expected and a family joke. Deddy (the way we called our father ob"m) fahblungad. In fact  I've inherited this trait.  B"h for the navigator.  But in America, it's not such a big deal to fahblunga.  You just ask a bunch of people or cars who stop next to you on a red light and ask for directions. You then take the consensus expecting  at least 1 or 2 to give you wrong directions. Everyone in the car tries to memorize the oral directions. It's simply part of the chavaya, the experience.

In contrast,  in Israel, one has good reason to be nervous for their lives when they "fahblunga".   You"re terrified of getting lost and you're afraid to ask directions. And we've all had negative experiences with the navigator on obscure roads. No one wants to take a chance. Tefillat Haderech is what we rely upon for our safety. 

Only 10 roadblocks remain in Judea and Samaria after more than a hundred others have been removed as "goodwill" measure to Abbas.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/14/2012, 1:09 PM

This has been going on a while.

The IDF, on orders from the Olmert government, removed 10 manned checkpoints in the Binyamin region and Samaria Thursday evening.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 4/4/2008, 6:44 AM

Let's say that this young girl was overreacting.  Perhaps her fears are unfounded and ungrounded in reality.  Perhaps she heard some "racist" comment by her parents about the Arabs.  This following article and video should once again show that unfortunately she was justified in being worried.  Hating Jews and Israel is mainstream entertainment in the Arab world.  

Algemeiner reported in their travel notes about  A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR THEME PARK FUNDED BY HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON ON LAND ONCE CONTROLLED BY ISRAEL It will feature "family-friendly" rides and activities that encourage and celebrate terrorism against Israel, according to a documentary aired on  VICE. The media website's film crew went to Mleeta, Lebanon to visit Hezbollah's theme park, documenting the Shia terror group's interactive propaganda effort in the form of the park's barbed wire, tanks, rockets, archive video footage and exhibitions of weaponry used in their fight for martyrdom against Israel. 

If you are still not convinced and say that's Hizbollah is not representative of the Arab world, then read and watch what was reported in the Jewish Press.

By: Micah D. Halpern

One need not label me as extremist  rightwing settler to come to the conclusion that perhaps the gov't of Israel is not doing enough to protect the lives of their tax paying citizens in Judea and Samaria.  Unfortunately, this young lady has justified reasons to be worried.  Is it any wonder that MDA requries bullet proof ambulances to reach part of Judea and Samaria?

Additional Questions asked by Susie Dym from David HaIvri Director of the Shomron Liaison Office. 

Q: Does Mda have a presence beyond "the fence"?
A. Yes, Md"a does have their own ambulances east of the fence. As can be seen on their map in the website that they are promoting. 

Q: re Elon Moreh, Itamar, Har Bracha and Yitzhar - it seems to me Mda can easily say, we dont have an mda station in every little place, these 4 places David Haivri mentioned by example are simply served by a larger station just like there are many many small places in israel served by an mda station in a nearby larger place.

A: You are right, Md"a can say exactly that "they can't put an ambulance in every little place". So they can claim that the station they have in Ariel also services Elon Moreh. The problem with that is that according to their own internal standards only a bullet protected ambulance can go past the Tapuach junction. It takes about 35 - 40 minutes for a regular car to get from Ariel to Elon Moreh with no traffic on the way. A bullet protected ambulance goes much slower because it is very heavy. So say a Md"a ambulance could arrive at the scene of an event in Elon Moreh one hour after it happened, the concept of a Golden Hour is gone and they haven't even set out for the hospital yet. I think that it would be fair for Md"a to be forthcoming and explain that they are not providing full service for a large part of the population in Judea and Samaria and not insist on misleading the public by trying to give the impression that they are not keeping their commitment to not operate in Judea and Samaria at all.  

David HaIvri continues....

* Again the issue here is twofold: 
1. MD"A signed and international agreement with a branch of the PLO in which they accepted the claim that the Green Line is an international border and that all of the area east of that is occupied Palestinian territory. This in itself is outrageous and totally un acceptable. It is a very dangerous precedent even if it is only on paper. MD"A is meant to be a nonpolitical national Caregiving organization with although being an NGO has received a high level of official standing. MD"A should not be leading the way in international negotiations on the borders of Israel and should not be committing to foreign claims that opposite the official policy of the State of Israel. 
2. MD"A is not providing full service to large sections of the communities in Judea and Samaria. The more isolated communities like the ones mentioned above are receiving the service from the local municipalities. If MD"A feels that it is not in their interest to provide full service to these front line communities, they should at least be clear that that is the case. 

Another Yesha resident responded:

Yehudit Tayar responds:

Hey achoti
Here we go again
Don't forget that Brig Gen (res) Yossi Koller and myself were the ones who battled MDA to allow us to even lease ambulances from them because it was their policy to NOT CROSS THE GREEN LINE hmmmm does this sound familiar in their agreement????
Yes we in Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron are also volunteers in MDA the enormous difference is that aside from ambulances we have our gear with us 24/7 we work with Security forces in the yishuvim, MDA -IDF -669 –The Red Crescent – the vast difference is that we normally are first on the scene even without ambulances and can immediately respond treat the injured, report on the incident and even if need be call up for military backing as in so many cases in our regions.
Also let us never forget that this agreement with MDA and the Red Cross did NOT just affect Yesha but also ALL AREAS OF ISRAEL PRE-1967 are not included in Israel i.e. Jerusalem, French Hill, Ramot Eshkol, Gilo, Jordan Valley, any area that was not included inside of Israel before the 1967 war WAS AGREED BY MDA TO NOT BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF ISRAEL 
We will continue to go out and save precious lives – yes also risk our own- but MDA must own up to this disgraceful traitorous agreement that was signed.
B'ahavat Zion


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