Watch: Muslims raise money for vandalized Jewish cemetery

After Missouri Jewish cemetery vandalized, local Muslims look to help.

Rishon Lezion building evacuated

An apartment building in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion was evacuated on Tuesday night after an improvised explosive device (IED) was found in the building.

The suspected terrorist told investigators he had placed an activation device in the same apartment in which the IED was found.

The apartment in question belongs to an elderly woman who lives in a nursing home, and was used without her knowledge for criminal purposes.

Israel Police arrived on the scene, closed off the street, and evacuated the building’s residents before safely disassembling the explosive device.

When the area was declared safe, Israel Police reopened the street and residents were allowed to return home.

Report: Israeli Air Force strikes Damascus

Arab media outlets have reported that Israeli Air Force fighters struck targets in Syria early Wednesday morning.

According to the reports, multiple Israeli fighter jets hit Syrian army positions just outside of the capital city, Damascus.

Some reports have claimed that the strikes also targeted a bus carrying Hezbollah terrorists. No details regarding causalities or damage have yet been publicized.

According to one report, Israeli fighters operated for three hours in Syrian airspace during the attack.

The Israeli government and IDF have yet to respond to the reports.

WhoseCrowd?

Last Thursday, I went with about 6,000 others to the OurCrowd hi-tech investor conference. It was full of people in high frequency networking mode talking about disruptors, autonomous machines, instant scaling, guerrilla marketing, and creating the next Unicorn exit, etc.

And then I looked at the program and wondered, how cutting edge and disruptive is it going to be? And I did something very low-tech. I counted. There were 55 speakers listed. Can you guess how many were women? 8. 8 out of 55. That’s 14 percent. And as some sessions, like the hackathon, were run by other men not formally listed, the stats are worse. Now, this is not against OurCrowd. They may have made a concerted effort to impact this imbalance. They may well have made a concerted, guerrilla effort to balance their program. And they are in good company. This is just what happens.

But you have to ask, how did we get here? How does it happen that in 2017, that is just what happens?

Here’s how. Two days ago, I ran a presentation training workshop at a school in Binyamina. Like in every mixed workshop that I have ever run, the boys volunteered first. There is a direct line between who has the confidence to volunteer, who speaks up, and who is on the dais at your next conference.

And here’s why it matters.

It’s wrong. Inclusion and representation are at the heart of social justice.

It’s wrong. Inclusion and representation are at the heart of economic justice.

It’s bad for business. According to Forbes magazine (2016), diversity ensures greater business opportunities. So, it’s also stupid.

Increased representation on the panel is the next real disruptor of the way things have always been done.

So, what can we do about it? Here’s how we can help.

  • Speak out when you notice an imbalance.
  • Make your networks available so that capable members of underrepresented groups get noticed.
  • Strengthen yourself so that you can speak out, stand up and be heard about issues you care about.

Last night, I went to a fabulous event organized by the glorious Molly Livingstone in support of Turning the Tables — an organization that teaches fashion to prostitutes, so they can sell their skills and not their bodies. It was a celebration of women’s voices and bodies. There was acro-yoga, song, stand-up, advice and beer.

I wonder how long it will take till the next OurCrowd conference looks a little more like MyCrowd there last night.

IDF cracks down on terror funding, nabs 12 suspects overnight

Security forces operating in Judea and Samaria overnight nabbed a dozen suspects overnight and confiscated both cash and vehicles used to support terrorist operations.

In a series of predawn raids across Judea and Samaria Wednesday morning, joint operations by the IDF, Shin Bet internal security agency, and Judea and Samaria district police apprehended 12 suspects in 7 different towns and villages.

Of the 12 suspects taken into custody overnight, 9 were wanted for involvement in violent attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces.

Two terrorists, including one member of the Hamas terror group, were arrested in Jenin, in northern Samaria.

Five more suspects were apprehended in Bitot, also in Samaria, with an additional suspect arrested in Hizma, north of Jerusalem.

South of Jerusalem, two suspects were arrested in the Etzion region, while two Hamas terrorists were nabbed in the Hebron area.

In a separate operation early Wednesday morning by the IDF, Border Police, Shin Bet, and Judea and Samaria district police, more than 200,000 shekels ($54,000) in terror funds were located in the town of Dura, near Hevron, in Judea.

Authorities confiscated the cash, along with two vehicles purchased by members of a terror organization for the group’s operations.

‘Ya’alon used Azariya to forward his political agenda’

Ariel University Professor and political and social-army sciences researcher Dr. Eyal Levin told Arutz Sheva that convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya did not have a fair trial.

“The moment an entire system turns against a soldier, there’s nothing that can help him,” Levin said. “This trial began when Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) expressed his opinion on what the outcome of the trial should be. The Chief of Staff said how he thinks the case should be ruled – and the army judge could not have ruled against those opinions.

“There are a lot of things here which were not handled appropriately. The connection between an army trial and a regular trial is like the connection between an army band and music. When the Defense Minister decides what the outcome should be, and the Chief of Staff backs him up – the entire army is subject to the Chief of Staff’s decisions. There’s no way the trial will be fair.

“We could have had an internal trial, within Azariya’s battalion, and his company commander would have been the judge, and he would have been judged like everyone else for an operational mistake in an internal trial. Instead we had a fake trial which needed to agree with the highest army commanders.

“Instead of a fair trial, we had a Defense Minister with a new, liberal political agenda, and he’s making political use of Azariya’s situation. Every liberal knows that in the 90s, there was the concept of confirmation of manslaughter. Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot was a security commander back then, and he helped kill dozens of terrorists – not all of them on the battlefield. We don’t need to pull the concept of confirmation of manslaughter out of storage. Every soldier back then knew about it. And everyone knows about the 60s, and the wild goose chases, and how things did not always work according to protocol and plan – and they know that that’s a good thing.

“I suspect the Defense Minister found himself in a corner politically and needed to find a new way to present himself. I think he remembered that he had joined Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Likud, even though Jabotinsky himself died decades ago.

“Ya’alon wanted to advance a specific political agenda, he wanted to show the world how liberal he is. I remember a few months ago, the Chief of Staff said, ‘We’re not going to empty a magazine for a little girl holding a pair of scissors,’ but the truth is such a scenario has never happened – he said it to make a political point.”

On January 4th, the court delivered a guilty verdict against the 21-year old IDF sergeant for killing Abdul Fatah al-Sharif. Al-Sharif had, just minutes before the shooting, been involved in a terrorist stabbing attack which left a soldier wounded. On Tuesday, the military court sentenced Azariya to 18 months in prison – not including the eleven he has already served waiting for the court ruling.