Israeli Soldier’s Ham Sandwich Nearly Lands Him In Military Prison

06/02/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem -  A U.S.-born Israeli soldier who brought a ham sandwich to his army base was initially sentenced to 11 days in a military prison before a media frenzy prompted the Israel Defense Forces to drop all disciplinary measures.

How 'Write On For Israel' Breaks Stereotypes

05/27/2015 - 20:00

One of the goals of The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program for high school juniors and seniors is to break some of the stereotypes they’ve heard or read about regarding Israel and the Mideast conflict. It’s important for students to have an accurate picture of Israel before they head off to college, where they are likely to be challenged about Israel and its policies.

The IDF Is Not Living Up To Its Code Of Ethics

05/14/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor's Note: Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that publicly discusses their experiences serving in the Occupied Territories, recently released a new report about last summer's Gaza campaign.

Last summer, I watched the confrontation between Israel and Hamas on TV, like someone seeing the same movie twice. The last time, it was 2009 and the operation’s name was "Cast Lead." Then, too, pillars of smoke rose from Gaza as IDF ground forces entered. When that operation ended, testimonies of soldiers who served there were published. They described a new reality within the IDF regarding its operation of weaponry. 

Why I Tour The U.S. As An Israeli Soldier

05/14/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Lital and I participated in the 6th "Israeli Soldiers Tour," speaking on campuses, high schools, synagogues and churches throughout the Northeast. This included John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged a "die-in" last semester.

At Friends Of The IDF Dinner, Inbal Mourns Her Twin Brother

05/11/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Inbal Grintzvaig remembers her brother Avi so well. She says he was the average mischievous brother who was always getting into trouble growing up in Petach Tikvah. Nothing serious. Because they were twins, their parents made sure they were placed in different classes in school “so we can develop our own identity.”

Lt. Inbal Grintzvaig misses her twin brother. Tim Boxer/JW

IDF Delegation To Nepal Lands In Israel As New Temblor Strikes Area

05/11/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Israel Defense Forces delegation to Nepal returned home as a second powerful earthquake shook the beleaguered Asian country.

Injured Nepalese women wait to be treated outside the Israeli field hospital in Nepal, April, 2015. Getty Images.

After Nepal Quake, Some 100 Israelis Are Reported Missing

04/26/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv— Some 100 Israelis remain among those reported missing two days after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 3,700 people.

Remembering Israel’s Fallen Throughout The Years

These photos offer a glimpse into Remembrance Day in Israel since the 1950s.

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Yom Hazikaron, or Israel's Remembrance Day, collectively commemorates all the men and women who lost their lives defending Israel.

Women soldiers marching in a Yom HaZikaron parade in 1968. JTA

In Israel: Taking Inclusion To A Larger Level

On a recent visit to a Pikud HaOref, Home Front Command base in Ramle, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, a soldier tells me a very animated story about his role in Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation in Gaza: “My job was to copy the papers for our soldiers to drop from planes over Gaza this summer!” The soldier, in uniform with his bright orange beret on his shoulder, happens to have Down Syndrome. 

He is very excited about his job in the base print shop. Another soldier with a visible disability proudly recounts the visit to the base the previous day by IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Ganz.  “We saluted him and gave him a present — olive oil that we made on the base!” 

Twenty five other soldiers with disabilities perform similarly important jobs each day on the base. If Tiran Attia and other visionaries have their way, Tzahal, or the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), may become a “game changer” in Israel for inclusion and for shaping attitudes about people with disabilities.

IDF Soldiers. Courtesy of Howard Blas

In Indirect Message, Hezbollah Asks Israel To Avoid Escalation

01/28/2015 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — Hezbollah has sent a message to Israel requesting that the sides avoid an escalation of tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border.

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