Mazel tov to Helen Freedman upon accepting the Aishes Chayil Award at the upcoming National Council of Young Israel Dinner to be held March 15 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, NY. Details to be announced.
At a rally Monday organized by the Sheli movement, grateful Israelis met just outside the Knesset gates at a rally supporting US Vice President Mike Pence to thank him for being a real friend of Israel and for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. VP Pence spoke at the Knesset and Helen was there representing AFSI.
While the media has been questioning President Trump’s “fitness,” AFSI’s Chairman, Mark Langfan, has written his latest article for Arutz Sheva. His diagnosis:President Donald Trump is the real-life James Bond!
Mark’s insightful writing states that President Trump has pulled off one of the most successful intelligence coups in the history of intelligence spy-craft.
This coup involved no budget, no sleeper spies, no secret drops. Thumbs only and Twitter.
The tactic Trump employed was a brilliantly executed “tweet-trap” that “…smoked out the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and psychologically forced him to expose the true state of North Korea’s nuclear and missile technology.”
READ HERE for the full – and fascinating – article.
Helen was on the scene on Tuesday, January 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm at Arlozoroff Station in Tel Aviv, with hundreds of women and children gathered to organize a march to the Kirya. With the theme of “No More Widows and No More Orphans”, the organizers had prepared red balloons with the slogan, “Children want to live”, many posters decrying the terrorism on the roads of Judea and Samaria, and Israeli flags which flew proudly over the crowd. It was the brutal Arab terrorist murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach of Havat Gilad that spurred the demonstration. The roads of Judea and Samaria are endangered by Arabs who come from neighboring villages to stone Israeli cars, shoot at them, and kill innocent Israelis.
Helen was interviewed by I24 and was asked about how to control the terrorism. She suggested that the Arab villages that are near Havat Gilad, from which the terrorists probably came, and to which they probably returned, should be destroyed. The interviewer looked shocked, and will probably not air the interview. Helen believes that if harsh measures are taken against terrorists so that it no longer becomes a profitable business for them, it might end the daily violence against Jews.
Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018 in Petach Tikva, Israel, another greatly successful Sovereignty Conference was held, under the leadership of the amazing Women in Green duo, Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover. Videos featuring Governor Mike Huckabee and Geulah Cohen followed the inspiring words of Nadia and Yehudit. Hananel Durani, head of the YESHA Council and the Kedumim Council, was the first to be interviewed by Yoni Kempinsky, who served as moderator. Éran Bar Tal, economic editor of Yisrael HaYom followed, stressing the economic benefits of Sovereignty. Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Betsalel Smotrich was the final speaker. All the speakers supported Sovereignty for Judea and Samaria with Smotrich unwilling to divide up Areas A, B, and C, and against giving the Arabs voting rights. He stated, “The Arabs should not win through “democracy” what they couldn’t win through war.”
The Sovereignty Conferences will continue, and hopefully the dream will become reality very quickly. Helen Freedman was proud to be there, underscoring AFSI’s support for Ribonut, which has been a pillar of AFSI’s belief from the beginning.
Supreme Court Visit
The Israel Independence Fund, led by Aharon Pulvér, finally, after waiting two years, had their Temple Mount case heard before three judges of the Supreme Court. The IIF has claimed that Jewish civil rights have been violated for years by the Israeli Police in their discriminatory treatment of Jews at the Temple Mount.
To everyone’s shock, the district Commander of the Israel Police, Superintendent Yoram HaLevi, denied the two different lines – for Jews and tourists – and denied any form of profiling or discrimination.
AFSI visitors to the Temple Mount know this is not true. Helen Freedman, present at the appeal, spoke to Arutz Sheva about the discriminatory practices the AFSI Chizuk missions regularly encounter. We hope the Court will accept the appeal and restore Jewish civil rights on the Temple Mount.
Dr. Joseph Frager’s blog in yesterday’s Arutz Sheva, Time for Complete Reclamation of Jewish Holy Sites, comments that President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has been paved the way for further discussion on reclaiming Jewish Holy sites in Israel.
For example, the Tomb of Joseph in Samaria, is at the top of the list. In April 2002 Joseph’s Tomb was retaken by the IDF as part of Operation Defensive Shield. Despite this, Jews visit the Tomb only at night with a heavy Army presence and visits are limited to once a month.
In 1995 the Tomb of Rachel was saved only through well attended protests and a fierce outcry from the people. It’s time to raise our voices once again and take back what rightfully belongs to Israel.
We encourage everyone to help support the family of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, which includes his wife and 6 orphans. An online crowdfunding platform has now been adapted for English language and dollar donations. CLICK HERE to support the Shevach family.
Back in November AFSI reported that the Israeli government destroyed the Aharonowitz family’s carpentry shop in Netiv Avot. This was the opening volley for the additional destruction of a number of homes, slated to take place this coming March. This destruction is totally senseless and must be stopped! Naftali Bennett has asked Netanyahu to halt the destruction. Many other Knesset members feel this way and are embarrassed at their lack of power when going head to head with the high court of justice.
Unfortunately, to date,all they can offer are words of support.