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Jewish Olympians

Olympic ‘Jewish Star’ Accepts Invitation to Visit Israel

Aly Raisman
Aly Raisman

Gold-winning American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein to make her first visit to Israel.

Raisman, 18, who secured the Olympic gold while performing a floor routine to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” has become known as the “Jewish Star” not only for her extraordinary athletic abilities, but also for paying tribute to the slain Israeli athletes during her shining moments


New Zealand Jewish Sailor Takes Olympic Gold

New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie
New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie

New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh and her partner Polly Powrie won the gold medal in the women’s 470 regatta, becoming the first first New Zealand women to win a sailing gold in anything other than windsurfing.

Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israeli-New Zealand citizens, was elated as she crossed the finish line.

Today's Headlines from Israel

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has ordered the retirement of the powerful head of the country’s armed forces, Field Marshal Mohamad Hussein Tantawi and other members of the country’s security echelon including the chiefs of the Navy and the air defense command. The announcement, effectively immediately, came just a week after militants attacked a police station in the Sinai peninsula, killing 16 Egyptian border police. Gen Abdel-Fattah al-Sis who was the head of military intelligence, will replace Tantawi as both armed forces chief and defense minister. Mursi also cancelled the military-declared constitutional amendments that previously gave top generals wide powers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the target of harsh criticism in his government’s handling of the Iran nuclear crisis. Finance Minister Yuval Shteinitz says that Israel needs to check how such confidential decision making is being carried out in such a public way. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert noted that during his term in office, he faced similar issues which were dealt with secretly and effectively. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that the threat of a nuclear Iran has dwarfed all other threats faced by Israel and Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

Thousands of American soldiers will be deployed to Israel in the near future to conduct field exercises simulating a massive attack on Israel. The security establishment is preparing for every eventuality from a limited missile barrage to a full scale attack. President Obama recently signed a bill expanding America’s defense cooperation with Israel and another anti-missile defense system will be delivered to Israel by the end of 2013. On the ground, the homefront command is ready but Israeli citizens will not be informed prior to any attack from Iran.

For the first time ever, the Israeli government is undertaking a major urban renewal project over the green line in Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem. An apartment block with 147 apartments in severe disrepair will be turned into a sparkling apartment complex with 700 units, parks and commercial centers. Each current apartment owner will receive a single unit. The project, which is expected to take 7 years, is also expected to draw harsh political criticism.

And finally, no medals for Israel but a single gold medal for an Israeli. American born David Blatt coached the winning Russian national basketball team to success. He says that Israel must invest more in sports.

Today's News from Israel -Thursday Aug. 2, 2012

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the National Security Council on Thursday issued a repeated travel warning to the Sinai Peninsula, calling on all Israelis who are planning to travel to or who are currently staying in Sinai to return to Israel immediately.

A travel warning to the area has been in place for a long time, however the Bureau stated that it has obtained concrete information on terror organizations in Gaza Strip and other elements that are planning terror attacks and abductions of Israeli tourists in Sinai.

Judoka Arik Ze’evi was knocked out of the 100kg competition in just 43 seconds. He was facing Dimitri Peters of Germany in the elimination round of 32.
Peters caught Ze’evi, one of Israel’s few medal hopes, by surprise and had him in a lock with his legs from which Ze’evi could not release himself. Ze’evi signaled his concession after 43 seconds, leaving the Israeli spectators and fans in shock.
Ze’evi, 35, is one of Israel’s Olympic greats and without a doubt one of its most loved. He had tremendous achievements over the past decade in the under-100kg category. He won bronze at the 2004 Athens Games and holds the Israeli record for participation in four Olympic Games together with two other athletes.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria in the face of an armed rebellion against President Bashar Assad whose violence shows no sign of abating after 17 months of strife.

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to slap sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping and financial industries, convinced that increasing the economic pressure on Tehran will force it to abandon its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Meanwhile US officials said that “Israeli officials are less confrontational in private… PM Netanyahu understands the consequences of military action for Israel, the United States and the region.”
The more the Israelis threaten, the more the US respond by showing them that they will take care of the problem if it comes to that.

And in the Olympics - A day after their stunning victory over of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the Israeli tennis duo of Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich ran into the American juggernaut known as the Bryan twins at the Olympic Games on Thursday afternoon.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the number-one pair in the world, advanced to the men’s doubles semifinals with a hard fought defeat of the Israelis
Yakov Toumarkin yesterday became the second Israeli swimmer to reach the final of an Olympic event in the semifinal of the men’s 200m backstroke event.
And finally Jerusalem was painted in all the colors of the rainbow on Thursday to mark the city’s annual gay pride parade. Hundreds of participants swarmed the streets of the capital, holding signs marking the 10th anniversary of the parade.

London Olympics 29th July 2012

Massachusettes native, Aly Raisman performs her final floor rountine just before winning the U.S. Woman gymnastics team gold medal!

Israeli Tennis Players Make History in London

Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich
Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich
Flash 90

It was a good day for Israel at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Wednesday, as Israeli athletes made history both on the tennis court and in the swimming pool.


News Update August 1st 2012

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“The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem. The earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:16

PALESTINIAN GROUPS LASH OUT AT ROMNEY FOR CALLING JERUSALEM ISRAEL’S CAPITAL: Various radical Palestinian groups Monday criticized Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad for meeting with Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, especially in wake of the latter’s statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Romney used the term Sunday night in the Holy City, during a trip to present himself as Israel’s closest ally ahead of the election contest with President Barack Obama. Romney said it was a moving experience to be in Jerusalem and described the city as “Israel’s capital,” to the cheers of an Israeli audience. He suggested he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem if elected president. In response on Monday, chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “We condemn his statements. Those who speak about the two-state solution should know there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem. What this man is doing here is promoting extremism, violence and hatred, and this is absolutely unacceptable,” said Erekat. Terror group Hamas’ spokesman Fawzi Barhoum accused Romney of insulting the feelings of Palestinians and Muslims. “Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinians and Palestine and we will never give it up,” said Barhoum. Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also denounced Romney’s remarks about Jerusalem. Both terrorist factions called for a boycott against the candidate. (Ha’aretz/INN) “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Zech 12: 2-3

GIULANI: OBAMA AS ISRAEL’S ALLY IS THE BIGGEST JOKE HE’S EVER HEARD: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently called President Obama “the least supportive president” of Israel in history and claimed the idea that Obama is a friend of the Jewish state to be “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard. In a video published on YouTube, Giuliani is asked a number of questions regarding the president’s record on Israel, including Obama’s remarks that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority should be based on pre-1967 boundary lines. “That would be ridiculous if they had to go back to those territorial lines,” Giuliani said. “They’d be in such jeopardy with what’s going on in the volatile Middle East right now. As a prime minister of Israel, you couldn’t possibly agree to what President Obama is talking about.” Asked what he believes to be the significance of Obama having not traveled to Israel during his entire term in office, Giuliani responded by saying, “It isn’t just that he doesn’t go to Israel, but it’s that he has policies that are against the interest of the people of the state of Israel. I think he’s the least supportive president of the state of Israel that we’ve ever had since the state of Israel existed, Republican or Democrat,” Giuliani said. (INN)

KEY LIAISON TO JEWISH COMMUNITY FOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN DECIDES NOT TO PARTICIPATE THIS TIME AROUND: Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and a key architect of the Oslo peace process who worked for the Obama campaign during the 2008 Democratic primaries, has stated he won’t be campaigning for Obama this time around. Ross was a powerful asset for the president’s first campaign, speaking at synagogues in swing states and persuading Jewish voters to place their trust in Obama. This year, however, Ross decided to step aside, as Jewish voters scrutinize Obama’s less-than-friendly record on Israel. While Ross claims his reasons for abstaining from this season’s campaign stem entirely from personal and professional reasons, many have speculated he was frustrated that the policies he pursued under Obama have not reaped desired results. Josh Block, a former press aide for the Clinton administration and former top spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said, “The fact that after three years of working on Mideast policy side-by-side with the president, Ambassador Ross has decided to sit out this campaign will certainly be understood as a message of its own, intentionally or unintentionally.” Aaron Miller, who was Ross’s deputy on the peace process during the Clinton years, said “The peace process is stuck and is likely to remain stuck. The fact is no amount of hand-holding is going to assuage the concerns and suspicions of a pro-Israel community which has now seen some of its fears realized. I wouldn’t want to try to sell Obama to the Jewish community in this environment,” Miller added. (INN)  Pray US voters will seek wisdom from God and that discernment between truth and deception will be clear as Americans go to the polls in November.

ITALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM COMMEMORATES MUNICH MASSACRE: The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics 40 years ago. About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including Italy’s Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part. (Arutz-7)

AUSTRALIAN JEWISH LEADERS OBSERVE MUNICH OLYMPIC MEMORIAL: Australian Jewish leaders observed a minute’s silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Games. Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, recounted the tragedy and lauded governments and their leaders around the world who supported the call for a minute of silence at the opening ceremony in London. He also took Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, to task for his failure to heed the calls: “We deplore his decision to hold a low-key memorial ceremony away from the public eye - in the shadows, out of sight of the thousands of spectators who will be at the opening ceremony; out of sight of the 1 billion global television viewers.”  Adaff then added, “The IOC - the world’s ultimate sporting arena - has yet again bowed to expediency and failed in its moral responsibility.” (Ha’aretz) Continue to pray for the security of the 38 Israeli Olympic athletes and their coaches and support staff.

CIVILIANS FLEE ALEPPO AS SYRIAN TROOPS AND REBELS BATTLE: The Syrian army has massed its forces around Aleppo, that country’s largest city, and has been pounding it with tanks and helicopter gunships. The UN said 200,000 Syrians have fled as the government continues to aim its mortars, tank and helicopter gunships on the neighborhoods seized by the rebels. Valerie Amos, the top UN official for humanitarian affairs, said in a statement Sunday, “Many people have sought shelter in schools and other public buildings in safer areas. They urgently need food, mattresses and blankets, hygiene supplies and drinking water.” Aleppo is some 30 miles away from the Turkish border and some of those fleeing the city are headed for Turkey, where tens of thousands of Syrians have already found refuge during the 17-month uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule. Those fleeing Aleppo have described incessant shelling, shortages of food and gasoline and soaring black market prices for everyday staples. In online videos they can be seen rushing through streets against a backdrop of gunfire and climbing onto any form of transportation available to escape, including trucks, cars and even heavily laden motorcycles. (AP)

AS ASSAD TEETERS, ISRAEL PREPARES FOR BATTLE TO SECURE CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Israeli soldiers and civilians alike are preparing for possible military action to make sure Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons don’t fall into the hands of terrorist groups.  Sources close to the Israel Defense Force said soldiers have been put on standby and are ready to move, while civilian demand for gas masks has jumped 66% over the last few weeks from 2,200 to 3,700 per day. The fears center around the prospect of Hizbullah obtaining Syrian chemical weapons as the Assad regime shows imminent signs of collapse. “Israel will not hold back and will respond decisively if this happens,” Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman said. The Hizbullah terrorist group in south Lebanon - supported by both Syria and Iran - who has long called for the destruction of Israel, is the prime candidate to take possession of the armaments. (Fox News)

SUSPECTED REMAINS OF JEWS MASSACRED ON TEMPLE MOUNT DISCOVERED: The remains of thousands of Jews massacred by the Romans on the Temple Mount during the destruction of the Second Temple may have been uncovered, according to veteran archaeological journalist Benny Liss. Liss screened a video showing thousands of human skeletons in what appears to be a mass grave. He explained the film had been shot in a spacious, underground cavern in the area of the Mercy Gate near the eastern wall of the Temple Mount. Liss raised the possibility the skeletons were the remains of 6,000 Jews, mostly women and children, killed on the Temple Mount when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple. The massacre is described in the writings of Josephus Flavius who witnessed the destruction. (Fox News) 

(Source: jnnnews.com)

Orthodox Jew Runs In London Olympic Torch Relay

(Source: unitedwithisrael.org)

Orthodox Jew Runs In London Olympic Torch Relay
After handing off the torch to the next torchbearer, Goldstein was joined by a group of fellow torchbearer in observing a minute of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich Olympics forty years ago. View high resolution

Orthodox Jew Runs In London Olympic Torch Relay

After handing off the torch to the next torchbearer, Goldstein was joined by a group of fellow torchbearer in observing a minute of silence in memory of the Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich Olympics forty years ago.

UK Chief Rabbi’s Prayer for the 1972 Olympic Tragedy

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks of the UK composed a special prayer to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists..

Almighty God,
We, the members of this holy congregation,
Together with members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth,
Join our prayers to the prayers of others throughout the world,
In remembrance of the eleven Israeli athletes
Brutally murdered in an act of terrorism,
At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich,
Because they were Israelis,
Because they were Jews.

At this time in the Jewish year,
When we remember the destructions of our holy Temples,
And the many tragedies that have befallen our people throughout history,
We mourn their loss
And continue to protest against those who hate our people.

We pray to You, O God:
Comfort the families and friends of the Israeli athletes who continue to grieve
And grant eternal life to those so cruelly robbed of life on earth.
Just as we are united in grief,
Help us stay united in hope.
As we comfort one another under the shadow of death,
Help us strengthen one another in honouring life.

The Olympic message is one of peace, of harmony and of unity,
Teach us, Almighty God, to bring reconciliation and respect between faiths,
As we pray for the peace of Israel,
And for the peace of the world.
May this be Your will and let us say: Amen

David Berger
Yossef Gutfreund
Moshe Weinberg
Eliezer Halfin
Mark Slavin
Yossef Romano
Kehat Shorr
Andre Spitzer
Amitzur Shapira
Yakov Springer
Ze’ev Friedman

Bob Costas to Pay Respects to Victims of Munich Massacre

Inexplicably, the International Olympic Committee once again rejected a request sent by the deputy foreign minister of Israel on behalf of two widows of the murdered hostages to hold a moment of silence at this year’s Opening Ceremony…

However, one man is going to step in and do his part where the IOC will not. NBC’s Olympic anchor, Bob Costas, will have his own minute of silence as the Israeli athletes enter the Olympic Stadium in London. Costas told The Hollywood Reporter what his plans were for the broadcast:

“I intend to note that the IOC denied the request. Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive. Here’s a minute of silence right now.”

Thank you Bob Costas. Thank you for giving those victims and their families a mere minute of respect during the Olympic Games, which the International Olympic Committee has failed to do so for 40 years.

(Source: unitedwithisrael.org)

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