During Trip to Aid Lone IDF Soldiers, 18-Year-Old American Yeshiva Student Gunned Down in Terror Attack
By Lea Speyer November 20, 2015 , 9:37 am
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)
18-year-old American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz was one of three victims of a Palestinian terror attack in Gush Etzion, November 19, 2015. (Photo: Facebook)
Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old American yeshiva student, was gunned down by a Palestinian terrorist Thursday while delivering food to lone IDF soldiers in Gush Etzion.
Schwartz was one of three people killed in Thursday’s terror attack near the Alon Shvut community after a Palestinian terrorist opened fire from his car directed towards vehicles near the Etzion Bloc junction.
A recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Schwartz was spending a gap year studying at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh. Five other members from Schwartz’s yeshiva were injured in the attack.
Following the release of Schwartz’s name as among the dead, hundreds of messages of love and grief began pouring in on his Facebook page. Friends and family shared photos and personal stories of Schwartz.
“Rest in peace Ezra. You were a fantastic friend and could always make anyone including me roar with laughter. Any of the times I spent with you were almost definitely fun times and I can’t believe we won’t be spending any more summers together,” wrote Noah Lebowitz.
The United Synagogue Youth program, which Schwartz was a member of since 2013, said in a statement that he “is remembered as being a warm and funny member of the…community,” using his “deep experience in Judaism to teach other teens how to participate in Jewish ritual.”
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky spoke with Schwartz’s family Thursday evening, offering assistance and expressing his condolences.
“Ezra came to Israel not only to study but also to be a part of the vibrant Israeli experience,” Sharansky said. “This makes his death even more tragic.”
Rabbi Ya’akov Don, 51, of Alon Shvut, was the second Israeli victim identified by police. Don, a father of four, was a well-known teacher and worked as a social educational coordinator at the Derech Avot high school in Efrat.
“He loved education and more than anything loved his students. A man of education and smiles,” said a statement released by Alon Shvut.
Aliza Abrahamovitz, a friend of Don and former colleague, told Breaking Israel News, “He was an incredible man. He had the biggest smile and an even bigger heart.”
A third victim, identified as Shadi Arfah, a 24-year-old Palestinian from Hebron, was also killed in the attack.
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After Rome destroyed Jerusalem... what happened to it?
Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av.
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans on the same date, Tisha B'Av, in 70 AD.
Rome's destruction of the Temple began in 66 AD, when Roman Emperor Nero appointed General Vespasian to put down a revolt in Judea.
Almost immediately, Rome experienced chaos.
Nero committed suicide in 68 AD.
His successor, Galba, was assassinated within 8 months.
His successor, Otho, committed suicide within 2 months.
His successor, Vitellius, was executed within 8 months.
Vespasian was the next Emperor and his son, Titus, continued the conquest of Judea.
Titus surrounded Jerusalem and starved inhabitants for months.
Titus ordered Jewish deserters from Jerusalem to be crucified around the walls.
By the end of July, 70 AD, the Roman Army broke through the walls.
Jerusalem was completely conquered by SEPTEMBER 8, 70 AD.
Historian Josephus recorded that over a million Jews were killed in the siege.
According to historian Eusebius, Romans hunted down and killed all descendants of the royal line of David.
The Jewish Temple was so completely destroyed that only the foundation stones were left, which are the bottom rows of the Wailing Wall.
Jewish Temple treasures were carried off to Rome, as shown on the Arch of Titus, and were used to finance the building of Rome's Colosseum.
The Colosseum was so named as it was next to Nero's 100 foot high bronze Colossus Statue depicting the Roman sun god Apollo, modeled after the 100 foot high bronze Colossus Statue of Rhodes depicting the Greek son god Helios. France's gift of The Statue of Liberty-the New Colossus was modeled after it.
Emperor Vespasian caught a slight illness in 79 AD which led to severe diarrhea and death. His last words were: "Oh dear! I think I'm becoming a god!"
Titus became the next Emperor and two months later Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the Bay of Naples, including the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Thousands of Romans were buried alive under feet volcanic ash.
Then, in the spring of 80 AD, Rome caught fire.
Flames burned out of control for three days and nights destroying much of Capitoline Hill, the Temple of Jupiter, Pantheon, and Pompey's Theater.
Then followed the worst outbreak of plague that Rome had yet endured.
Titus decided to dedicate the Colosseum to commemorate his victories in the Jewish wars
For 100 days, thousands were killed in executions and gladiatorial fights, in addition to 5,000 animals.
Following the games, Titus died after just two years in office. He is rumored to have been poisoned on orders of his brother, Domitian, who became the next emperor.
In 135 AD, on the date Tisha B'Av, Roman Emperor Hadrian had another 500,000 Jews massacred at Betar during Bar Kokhba's revolt.
Emperor Hadrian believed the source of Jewish rebellion was their faith, so he executed Jewish scholars, prohibited the Torah and the Hebrew calendar, and burned the sacred scroll on the Temple Mount.
In an attempt to completely erase Jewish history from the land, Emperor Hadrian renamed the province of Judea 'Syria Palaestina,' and renamed the city Jerusalem 'Aelia Capitolina.'
Jews were banned from entering Jerusalem on pain of death.
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Eusebius wrote in his History of the Church (ser. II, vol. I, book IV, chapter VI):
"The Last Siege of the Jews Under Hadrian - The whole nation was prohibited from this time on by a decree, and by the commands of Hadrian, from ever going up to the country about Jerusalem. For the emperor gave orders that they should not even see from a distance the land of their fathers. Such is the account of Aristo of Pella.
And thus, when the city had been emptied of the Jewish nation and had suffered the total destruction of its ancient inhabitants, it was colonized by a different race, and the Roman city which subsequently arose changed its name and was called Aelia, in honor of the emperor Aelius Hadrian."
Cassius Dio wrote in Roman History (69.12):
"At Jerusalem Hadrian founded a city in place of the one which had been razed to the ground, naming it Aelia Capitolina, and on the site of the temple of the god he raised a new temple to Jupiter. This brought on a war of no slight importance nor of brief duration, for the Jews deemed it intolerable that foreign races should be settled in their city and foreign religious rites planted there."
Eusebius wrote in Demonstratio Evangelica(8.3; 405, circa 314 - 318 AD):
"Jerusalem... is even now like a quarry, all the inhabitants of the city choosing stores from its ruins as they will for private as well as public buildings. And it is sad for the eyes to see stones from the Temple itself, and from its ancient sanctuary and holy place, used for the building of idol temples, and of theatres for the populace."
Emperor Hadrian's reign was the beginning of the contraction of the Roman Empire, with Hadrian's Wallacross the whole of Britain marking the Empire's furthest extent.
Jews were later allowed to enter Jerusalem once a year to pray at the Western Wall on Tisha B'Av.
The Land of Israel was invaded or occupied by:
135 AD Roman Empire
390 AD Byzantine Empire
614 AD Sassanid Persians
635 AD Umayyad Caliphate
750 AD Abbasid Caliphate
909 AD Fatimid Caliphate
1071 AD Seljuk Turks
1099 AD Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
1187 AD Ayyubid Sultanate
1260 AD Mongolian Empire
1291 AD Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt
1517 AD Ottoman Sultanate
1660 AD Druze Dynasty
1799 AD French Napoleon
1844 AD Tanzimat Ottoman Empire
1864 AD Ottoman Vilayet of Syria
1917 AD Britain Mandate
For centuries, people across the world desired to pilgrimage to Jerusalem, including Abraham Lincoln.
The Library of Congress has a scrapbook with an account by Rev. N.W. Miner of Springfield, who officiated Lincoln's burial, in which are recalled President Lincoln's last words while at Ford's Theater with his wife:
"Mrs. Lincoln informed me that...the very last moments of his conscious life were spent in conversation with her about his future plans...
He said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem."
In 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration establishing the Jewish homeland.
On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel came into being again.
In 1967, Jerusalem was once again under Jewish control.
Jerusalem was reaffirmed as Israel's capital with "The Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel," passed in 1980.
The United Nations was created in part to protect the Jews after they had suffered though the Nazi holocaust, and one of the first acts of the United Nations was to recognize the State of Israel.
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On September 15, 2015, the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly begins. The U.N. Security Council has threatened to vote to divide Jerusalem and take a third of Israel away to create a Palestinian State.
Many are concerned what may happen if the United States supports this turns against Israel.
The timing of this is unique, as the vote would take place near the time of the 4th consecutive "blood moon" - a series of four lunar eclipse occurring on Jewish feast days.
This rare occurrence of has historically been at times of major events in Jewish history.
Just as the Roman Empire experienced a series of disasters after it forced Jews from the land, some consider it more than coincidental the timing of various events relating to the United States and Israel:
On October 30, 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed the Oslo Accord pressuring Israel to give 'land for peace'.
The next day, 'The Perfect Storm' hit New England causing damages over $100 million, including 30 foot waves demolishing the home of President George H.W. Bush at Kennebunkport, Maine.
On August 23, 1992, President George H.W. Bush pressured Israel with the Madrid 'land for peace' agreement.
The same day, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida causing $30 billion in damages, destroying over 180,000 homes.
On January 16, 1994, President Bill Clinton met in Geneva with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad to discuss Israel giving up the Golan Heights in exchange for peace.
Within 24 hours a 6.9 Earthquake devastated Southern California.
On January 21, 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was snubbed at the White House when President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refused to have lunch with him. The same day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted.
On September 28, 1998, Secretary of State Albright detailed another 'land for peace' agreement requiring Israel to surrender 13 percent of the West Bank and Gaza.
President Clinton met with Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, followed by Arafat telling the United Nations there would soon be a Palestinian State.
The same day, Hurricane Georges hit the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damages.
On October 15, 1998, Yassar Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu met in Maryland to discuss Israel giving up 13 percent of the West Bank and Gaza in exchange for 'peace.'
Two days later, tornadoes hit Texas leaving $1 billion in damages.
On December 12, 1998, President Clinton arrived in the Palestinian area to discuss Israel giving up 'land for peace.'
The same day, President Clinton was impeached.
On May 3, 1999, Yasser Arafat had scheduled a press conference to announce a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.
The same day, the most powerful tornado storms to hit the United States whipped through Oklahoma and Kansas.
On June 8, 2001, President George W. Bush sent Secretary Tenet to Jerusalem with a proposal to exchange land for a 'Roadmap to Peace.'
The same day, tropical Storm Allison hit Texas causing $7 billion in damage and closing George Bush Airport for two days.
As part of a U.S. brokered deal, Jews were forcibly evacuated from Gaza, with the last Jewish residents being dragged out on August 22, 2005.
The very next day, a tropical depression in the Atlantic turned into Hurricane Katrina and headed straight for New Orleans, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.
Property damage in New Orleans exceeded $81 billion.
Nearly 2,000 people died. It was one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
Instead of 'peace,' Hamas took over Gaza and began digging tunnels and firing thousands of rockets into Israel.
In a Day of Prayer and Remembrance, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005, President Bush stated:
"Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in our Nation's history and has caused unimaginable devastation and heartbreak throughout the Gulf Coast Region...
Communities...decimated... Lives...lost... Hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans are suffering great hardship."
Though not a call to repentance as past Presidents had proclaimed, President Bush did end his Day of Prayer and Remembrance with:
"To honor the memory of those who lost their lives, to provide comfort and strength to families of the victims...
...I call upon all Americans to pray to Almighty God and to perform acts of service... Across our Nation, many selfless deeds reflect the promise of the Scripture:
'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.'"
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IT'S APOCALYPSE NOW IN ISRAEL
Nation pummeled by weather oddities on Jewish New YearPublished: 6 hours ago
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An Israeli National Parks worker says a number of strange and frightening weather events, including one that came just as the nation was celebrating the Jewish New Year, have caused alarm.
Extreme heat, sandstorms and floods all have been reported.
“It felt like the apocalypse, the rain has been torrential, there were about 10 lighting strikes in seconds, and even with your windshield wipers on high, it was impossible to see anything.”
That report in the Times of Israel from Mark Katz described just one of the recent developments: flash flooding and hail that hit earlier this week just as the nation was celebrating the new year.
Breaking News Israel cited Job 38:22-23 in its report on the weather: “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle?”
The report said several “extreme” weather conditions have appeared since the beginning of September. The weekend events arrived just as the Shemitah year was drawing to a conclusion.
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A report over the weekend said the “worst dust storm in Israeli history” had hit.
“The Environmental Protection Ministry reported that in several parts of the country, air pollution levels were at their worst in the country’s 75-year history. Air pollution in Jerusalem was 173 times higher than average, 51 times higher in the Negev, and 32 times higher in the Galilee.”
More than 600 people were treated for conditions “related to the weather,” the report said of the storm, which also affected Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Cyprus.
The weather “confused scientists and meteorologist[s], who are caught by surprise by the unprecedented phenomenon.”
In July in Iran, the city of Bandar Mahshahr recorded a heat index of 164 degrees.
The news agency noted: “Where do we find this extreme weather in biblical prophecy? In the tiny, three chapter long book of Malachi, we find a clear reference ‘to a day that will burn like a furnace,’ (Malachi 3:19).
“In a recent blog post, Rabbi Lazer Brody, popular Israeli author and lecturer, reminded his readers of the prediction of Jewish sages, that, as redemption gets closer, ‘God will remove the sun from its covering. The righteous shall heal in its heat but the wicked shall be doomed in it,’” the report said.
From bugs to earthquakes to fires to winds to rain to smoke to heat, there are reports of extremes around the globe, too.
A blogger created a montage of reports:
Breaking Israel News reported that there now are forecasts of "a second ice age within 15 years," and the "End of Times blogger known as Tomer Devorah lists close to 20 biblical sources of dramatic changes in the earth that have been prophesied since ancient times."
The report said Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a mystical rabbi from southern Israel who publishes a weekly column about world events, "connects all these news stories about extreme weather to the coming redemption."
"In nearly every weekly message, he warns that God is demonstrating His mastery over nature."
Artzi wrote: "The forces of nature: every place with evil will go up in flames; there will be earthquakes, floods, winds, storms and volcanic eruptions. God is thinning out the impurities in the world and burning them."
The floods over the new year in Israel closed Eilat Airport and grounded flights, officials reported.
Roads were closed because of the flooding across wide swaths of Israel.
"Witnesses reported hail the size of ice cubes."
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Prosecutors’ association seeks new probe into Nisman deathAlberto Nisman was found dead in January shortly before he was to present evidence of cover-up in 1994 bombing at Buenos Aires Jewish center
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF September 14, 2015, 2:41 pm 4
Alberto Nisman gives a news conference in Buenos Aires on May 20, 2009. photo credit: AFP PHOTO/Juan Mabromata)
The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) is demanding an independent investigation into the death of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish special prosecutor for the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.
Nisman’s body was found on January 18, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the attack on the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) center that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded. Nisman had sustained a gunshot wound to the head, and a pistol was found at his side.
The president of the IAP, Gerhard Jarosch, told prosecutors in Zurich on Monday that Nisman’s death was one of the most high profile recent examples of the threats faced by prosecutors around the world as they do their jobs, American Jewish newspaper The Forward reported.
Experts confirmed earlier this month that three laboratory analyses performed on the gun believed to have killed Nisman tested positive for traces of gunpowder residue. This new information dovetails with a test performed in February, which also detected no gunpowder on Nisman’s hands.
The aftermath of the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina (photo credit: La Nación (Argentina)/Wikipedia Commons/File)
The result seems to negate the possibility that Nisman committed suicide, and support the theory that someone else shot him, or that someone cleaned his hand. Some experts also said that if the environmental conditions of the tests had slight changes the results could be different.
In July forensic pathologist Cyril Wech analyzed the case and said he believes that Nisman likely was murdered.
The IAP was established by the United Nations in Vienna in 1995. According to its website, it is the sole worldwide non-governmental organization of prosecutors, with some 200,000 members in more than 120 countries.
JTA contributed to this report
Published on Jul 23, 2015
Dr. Ron Wexler gives an eye opening lecture on Israel's biblical and modern day claims to the land of Israel.
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