Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah) a Mormon and a great friend to the Jewish people has written a wonderful Chanukah song

Eight Days of Hanukkah from Tablet Magazine on Vimeo.

I think it's a tremendous blessing that we live in a country where politicians feel comfortable doing things like this.

Not Another Brick In The Wall

A Satirical Look At What Happens When A Haredi Man Sneezes

The video seems pretty obvious, showing the secular surroundings like the Wild West, with violence and crime, while the policeman dozes. When the haredi fellow sneezes, the policeman grabs and arrests him and calls in the troops for backup. It is a sad look at society - both that people look at society and see it functioning like that, and that, to a certain extent, there is a bit of truth to it.

Newt Gingrich - I'll Help Israel Attack Iran

America and Israel: An Unbreakable Bond

Hamas Booby Trapped School and Zoo 11 Jan. 2009

Christian pastor being treated in Israel after acid attack by Muslims

Pam Geller reports that a Muslim who converted to Christianity and was attacked with acid by Muslims after becoming a pastor is being treated in Israel for his injuries (Hat Tip: Jack W).
Umar Mulinde, 38, converted to Christianity from Islam when he was in university. Since then, he has openly criticized Islam, and his ministry has included public debates with Muslims. His wife is a popular gospel singer.

The evangelical minister learned about Israel through, which offers online courses about Israel and Judaism. Mulinde went on to teach the courses at his Gospel Life Church International as well as to neighbouring Christian ministers. He also organized a 5,000-person teach-in about Israel in a local stadium.

The acid attack appears to have had religious overtones.

“I was attacked by a man who called out to me shouting ‘Pastor, Pastor’ and I turned to see who he was,” said Mulinde. “Then he poured acid which burnt part of my face. As I turned away from the attacker, another man poured liquid on my back and ran away shouting ‘Allah Akhbar’ (God is greater).”

The acid caused severe burns to Mulinde’s face and torso and damaged his right eye. While in hospital in Kampala, he contacted Andrea Gottlieb, executive director,, and asked whether the school could help him seek more advanced medical treatment in Israel. Gottlieb turned to Professor Zeev Rotstein, director, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, in Tel Hashomer, Israel. In addition to its global humanitarian work, Sheba has specialized in providing care for eye and burn injuries throughout Africa. Rotstein offered to provide acute and rehabilitative care to Mulinde at no charge.
But it's okay because the attackers don't represent Islam. Count on it.

Romney praises Hezbollah's healthcare system

Romney: ..."Did you notice in Lebanon, what Hezbollah did? Lebanon became a democracy some time ago and while their government was getting underway, Hezbollah went into southern Lebanon and provided health clinics to some of the people there, and schools. And they built their support there by having done so. That kind of diplomacy is something that would help America become stronger around the world and help people understand that our interest is an interest towards modernity and goodness and freedom for all people in the world. And so, I want to see America carry out that kind of health diplomacy..."


From Pamela Geller:

I think the video is stark proof of how clueless Romney is on jihad. His previous statements, "jihadism Is not part of Islam" and "Islam is not an inherently violent faith," show a willful ignorance on a crucial issue facing the nation.
This video is from 2007, when then (and current) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is holding a town hall meeting in Ottumwa, Iowa. One of the members of the audience asked him if he would commit the money necessary to continue President Bush's AIDS program in Africa as a way to restore good will toward America. His answer, while not picked up on by the members of the audience, absolutely floored me. He started out by agreeing with the premise of the question, touting America's health care system -- then he dropped the bombshell.
Mitt Romney is praising Hezbollah's healthcare system, and says at the end of the video that we should support muslim countries with our legal and healthcare systems to fight jihadism. 
We know that a higher education and living standard are not inversely associated with less terrorism. At all. The 911 hijackers were well educated, and some were well off. The Christmas balls bomber was a UK-educated son of a diplomat. The recent arrest of a Texas Muslim was a US boarding school student who became an Al Qaeda homicide bomber. The Glasgow jihadists were wealthy physicians. Osama bin Laden himself was a scion of an extremely wealthy family.
Romney's ignorance and pandering to jihadists are stunning. It's surprising that this vid hasn't been picked up by Newt Gingrich yet. I am sure that what Romney says here would be a significant blow to his campaign if people knew about it. (hat tip Robert W.)
Romney: ..."Did you notice in Lebanon, what Hezbollah did? Lebanon became a democracy some time ago and while their government was getting underway, Hezbollah went into southern Lebanon and provided health clinics to some of the people there, and schoolsAnd they built their support there by having done so. That kind of diplomacy is something that would help America become stronger around the world and help people understand that our interest is an interest towards modernity and goodness and freedom for all people in the world. And so, I want to see America carry out that kind of health diplomacy..."
OT but related: Coulter's tirade against Newt on Bull O'Reilly's show last night (watch it here) was not logical or coherent with her positions. Her hatred for Gingrich is visceral, abiding, and inexplicable rationally. There is something more here. Personal, perhaps? 
Comparing Newt to Jesse Jackson is an outrageous charge. She is way off base, and O'Reilly ought to have a conservative pundit out as vocal in their support of Newt as she was in support of Romney.
She is ...unhinged, and I hate to use that word because it is used against me with such venom and dishonesty, but you can see she is beside herself. She is staking out positions she wouldn't support in other contexts, like covering for mainstream media reporters.
Romney is more conservative than any of the other candidates? Nuts. More than Santorum? More than Ron Paul, who is largely conservative except for nuts on foreign policy? Something else is happening here. They must know each other and hate each other for some reason we don't know.

Shurat HaDin Warns the PLO's Landlord and Verizon

Yesterday, Shurat HaDin warned the landlord of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (“PLO”) office in Washington, D.C. and the Verizon telephone company that providing premises, phone lines and other associated services to the PLO is illegal and will expose the landlord and Verizon to both criminal prosecution and civil liability to American citizens and others victimized by PLO-sponsored terrorism.  In letters signed by American counsel Robert Tolchin of New York and myself, to Endeka Enterprises LLC, the owner of the premises that house the PLO’s offices and Verizon which provides them telephone service, we demanded that Endeka and Verizon permanently discontinue providing services to the PLO.

We alleged that the PLO is an umbrella group that acts for the benefit of its constituent factions. One of the PLO’s key members is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (“PFLP”) organization.  The infamous PFLP constitutes the second largest faction in the PLO and shares the PLO's budget.  Additionally, last month the PLO reached a strategic partnership agreement with Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad (“PIJ”) under which the PLO, Hamas and PIJ coordinate activities.  The PFLP is officially designated under United States law as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization,” as a “Specially Designated Terrorist,” and as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.” Both Hamas and PIJ are officially designated under U.S. law as "Foreign Terrorist Organizations."

As the letters state, “The PLO’s funding is shared and distributed among its constituent members, including the PFLP. The PLO’s activities are carried out specifically for the benefit of its constituent members, including the PFLP.  Similarly, pursuant to their recent leadership merger agreement, Hamas and PIJ will also be recipients of these services and benefits." 

Accordingly, the law is strict when it comes to aiding and abetting terrorism. In the letter we cited the United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case of Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, ––– U.S. ––––, 130 S.Ct. 2705 (2010), which found that providing any assistance or support to terrorists, including putatively benign forms of assistance (such as providing rental space or telephone services) is criminal. As such, the provision of premises and telephone services to the PLO, which ultimately inures to the benefit and interests of the PFLP, Hamas and PIJ, all designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would constitute the type of seemingly innocuous material support that would render companies criminally and civilly liable.  This includes liability for terrorist attacks carried out by the PLO, PFLP, Hamas or PIJ.

The PFLP, which is a designated terrorist organization that American citizens and companies are prohibited to provide services to, is an integral part of the PLO and shares the PLO’s budget. Thus, by providing services to the PLO, companies like Enedka and Verizon are in fact providing services to and benefiting the PFLP, and thereby violating federal anti-terrorism laws and aiding and abetting Palestinian terrorism.

For copies of the letter to Verizon  and the letter to Endeka Enterprises LLC.

For an article in the Jerusalem Post about the letters click here:

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'I have joy now,' says Palestinian girl locked up for decade

Imprisoned by her father at the age of 10 and encouraged to commit suicide by her stepmother, 20-year-old Baraa Melhem tastes freedom for the first time • Exercise, an apple a day and a transistor radio are what saved her, she says • "I never want to marry," Melhem declares.
The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff

Baraa Melhem, holds a doll, in her room at her mother's house in the West Bank village of Qalandia. 
 Photo credit: AP

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yehuda Green Havdalah at Bar Mitzvah

Israel- Living on a Prayer

After 15 Years: IDF Paratroopers Jump Into Action As a Brigade

US Military Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Israel

IDF Honor Guard Welcomes US Military Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Visit Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Museum

The history of Israel's Mossad YouTube

The Mossad strikes again in Iran?

senior military officer was killed on Saturday morning in Iran by motorcyclists.
A 43-year-old Iranian military officer was shot to death on Saturday by two motorcyclists in the city of Khorramabad, local media reported.

Another soldier was injured in the incident. The two assailants fled the scene, according to reports.

The incident occurred when the motorcyclists fired shots at a group of soldiers who were on their way to an air force base located near the city, Israel's Channel 2 reported.

The local head of security forces said the incident occurred at 6:30 am. "The search for the assailants continues, and we have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident," he said.

A senior official in the Lorestan province, where Khorramabad is located, said that according to eyewitnesses "many bullets were fired at the soldiers, causing great panic in the area."

The Mehr news agency said the killed mid-level officer was identified as Raze Ali Fimani.


In October 2010 18 Revolutionary Guard members were killed and a number of others were injured during an explosion at a military base near Khorramabad, located some 480 kilometers (about 300 miles) southwest of Tehran.
I thought the Mossad didn't work on the Sabbath.... Heh.

Egyptian child preacher preaches the Hadith against the Jews

Didn't someone claim in the comments here this past week that the Hadith calling for the murder of Jews didn't exist? If only....

Interview with woman who escaped 'honor killing' in 'Palestinian territories'

Another myth we often hear about Islam is that there are no honor killings. Here is testimony from a woman who was set on fire because she was pregnant and somehow survived. It's from French television and the woman was from the 'Palestinian territories.' I would love to have heard the entire interview because in addition to the (all-too-typical) story, she also mentions being taught to hate Jews.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Tundra Tabloids via Will)

Please pray for Rav Elyashiv

Arutz Sheva reports thatRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv's health is deteriorating and asks that all pray for him.
The condition of 101-year-old Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv is deteriorating, and his spokesman told Arutz Sheva, “He needs mercy from HaShem.”

Medical tests last Thursday at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem revealed that the Torah sage has water in his lungs and that his heart is working only at 20 percent capacity.

“Every day that there is no failure in his body systems is considered a miracle,” sources told Arutz Sheva. Doctors decided there was no reason for him to be hospitalized and that it would best for him to remain at home, where he is receiving medicine and medical care.

Shlomo Kook, spokesman for the rabbi, said that rumors of kidney problems and a general failure in his body are totally untrue.

Last week, Rabbi Elyashiv was able to leave home and attend brit milah (circumcision) ceremony and served as the sandak, the person who holds the baby during the circumcision, after which he underwent routine medical tests at the hospital and was determined to be in serious condition. He served in the same function, Monday morning, at a synagogue next door to his home.
The name given at the end of the article is inaccurate. Rav Elyashiv's name is Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha.

Verizon Warned to Disconnect PLO in Washington

The Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) has warned Verizon and a realtor to stop supplying phone service and office space to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) or face criminal charges.
The civil rights group lawyer, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, warned the companies in separate letters that they are violating an American law forbidding private groups or individuals to supply aid to terror groups.
The PLO’s 18th Avenue offices in Washington are rented from Endeka Enterprises, and Verizon supplies its phone connections.
Darshan-Leitner explained to Arutz Sheva Monday that a presidential waiver has allowed the U.S. government to deal with the PLO since the days of the Oslo Accords, despite PLO affiliates being declared outlawed terrorist organizations.
She said, “the waiver does not apply to private groups.”
The attorney, who has won hundreds of millions of dollars for terror victims in lawsuits against Muslim terror groups, pointed out that the PLO includes Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestine Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), all outlawed terrorist groups.
She emphasized that the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by Mahmoud Abbas, recently reached an agreement to cooperate with Hamas and violated the Oslo Accords -- signed by the United States, Israel and the PA -- by becoming a member of the United Nations' UNESCO agency and trying to win full membership in the United Nations.
The Oslo Accords prohibit unilateral actions by Israel and the PA, which were engaged in direct talks for more than two decades for a political solution to their differences.
“The PLO’s funding is shared and distributed among its constituent members, including the PFLP,” the letters state. “The PLO’s activities are carried out specifically for the benefit of its constituent members, including the PFLP. Similarly, pursuant to their recent leadership merger agreement, Hamas and PIJ will also be recipients of these services and benefits."
Darshan-Leitner told Arutz Sheva she would give Verizon and Endeka Enterprises several days to reply before advising the American government justice officials that they are in violation of the law.
She added that the companies also may be liable to lawsuits if the terrorist groups are involved in any future attacks on American citizens, in Israel or elsewhere.
Congress last summer considered a bill that would change the presidential waiver and effectively shut down the PLO's mission in Washington.

Palestinian man allegedly locks up daughter for nine years

Palestinian security forces find 20-year-old woman locked up in man's Qalqilyah home • Father cites "domestic disagreements" as reason for nine-year isolation.
Israel Hayom Staff

The PA has a major presence in Qalqilya, where the now 20-year-old was allegedly locked-up. [Illustrative] 
 Photo credit: AP

'Israel will notify US just 12 hours before attack on Iran'

During closed meeting, Israeli officials also tell U.S. military chief Gen. Martin Dempsey that Jerusalem will not seek Washington's approval to attack Iran • Meeting comes amid apparent disagreements between the two countries over how to respond to Iran's nuclear program.
Israel Hayom Staff and The Associated Press

On the same page? Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem last Friday. 
 Photo credit: AP

Israel to probe Jerusalem mufti's call to kill Jews

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein, on official Palestinian Authority television, preaches that Islamic holy text justifies killing Jews • Netanyahu asks attorney-general to launch investigation • Landau: "Mufti is inspired by Nazi Germany."
Daniel Siryoti and Shlomo Cesana

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein, gives an inflammatory speech on Palestinian television last week. 
 Photo credit:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Funny Israeli commercial (Well, Iran won't think so.) Click the CC button to read the subtitles. Not the greatest subtitles, but you'll get it.

Egyptian cleric: "These Jews are a cancer in the body of planet Earth"

Following are excerpts from an address by Egyptian cleric Hazem Shuman, which aired on Al-Rahma TV on September 9, 2011.
Hazem Shuman: What was our response when six Egyptians were killed by Jews on the border? Was the Jewish ambassador summoned? No. Was he expelled from Egypt? No. Was the Egyptian ambassador recalled from Israel? No. So what was the response? Brothers, this is about the honor of the people. I am talking to the Jews in the name of 85 million Egyptians, who hate them from the bottom of their hearts. 
I saw footage of a young Egyptian fighting a lion. He did this for the sake of the thrill. He went into the lion's cage holding a spear, and they filmed him fighting the lion. He got out of the cage after overcoming the lion. I said: By God, young Egyptians who fight lions cannot fight the Jews? Can't they devour the Jews? How many millions of our young men are ready to fight lions... I mean, Jews. 
I address them on behalf of 85 million Egyptians, whose hearts beat with hatred for the Jews, and with the knowledge of what the Jews did to us and of how Allah warned us about them...
I tell them that the battle is bound to come, Allah be praised. The Prophet Muhammad, whose words are divinely inspired, said: "Judgment Day will come when the Muslims fight the Jews." That means that the Muslims will be the ones who engage [in fighting]. It's not just any battle. He said: "The Muslims will fight the Jews, and the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." Even the stones and the trees hate them. The battle is bound to come.
Jews will be Jews, guys. The Jews of today are the Jews of Khaybar, who tried to poison the Prophet Muhammad. They are the Jews of Banu Nadhir, who tried to kill the Prophet Muhammad. They are the Jews of Banu Qaynuqa', who tried to lift up a Muslim woman's dress. Jews will be Jews. We know what you are like, you Jews, and we know your hatred toward the religion of Allah, toward the servants of Allah, and toward the Muslims worldwide.
You will be vanquished, Allah willing, but it will not be us who will vanquish you. It will be Allah. Just like He used wind to vanquish you in the War of the Ahzab, and like He used fear to vanquish you in the Battle of Khaybar, Allah will vanquish you again.
Today, 92% of the world's film industry is in your hands, 90% of the world's famous actors are Jews, and 90% of the giant news networks, like CNN, are in Jewish hands.
Oh nation of Muhammad, Allah says to you: If you fear war with the Jews, brace yourselves for war with Allah. It is either a war with the Jews or a war with Allah. Allah says that the entire nation could be replaced if it is not prepared to sacrifice its blood for the sake of Palestine.
My message to all the Jews is that the battle is bound to come and you will be vanquished. Allah has promised that you will be vanquished and that we will prevail. I tell you that our Prophet Muhammad, whose every word we believe and whose light we follow - the moment he signed the Hudaybiyya Treaty with Mecca, the first thing he did after the battle with the Quraysh tribe, only 20 days after signing the Hudaybiyya Treaty, he took his army and attacked Khaybar.
Why, oh Messenger of Allah? Because these Jews are a cancer. These Jews are a catastrophe. There is not a catastrophe in the world that is not the handiwork of the Jews. These Jews are a cancer in the body of planet Earth, and if permitted, it will spread and infect the entire body. Getting rid of these Jews is a must. 

Shloime & Dovid Dachs Singing Hiney Ma Tov From Shalsheles at a Chupa.mp4

98-pound weakling begs Iran to negotiate

Last week, it was reported that President Obama sent a letter to Iranian leaders Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khameni warning them that closing the Strait of Hormuz would be a 'red line.' The Iranians have now released the content of that letter, and I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that America's 98-pound weakling is once again begging the Iranians to negotiate.
MP Ali Motahhari said on Wednesday, “In the letter, it has been stated that ‘closing the Strait of Hormuz is our red line’ and they have requested direct negotiations.”

“In the letter, Obama has announced readiness for negotiation and the resolution of mutual disagreements,” he added.

He went on to say that Obama uttered threats in the first part of the letter and talked about friendship and negotiation in the second part.


MP Hojjatoleslam Hossein Ebrahimi said on Wednesday, “Obama’s letter has several parts. Part of it is about this, (namely) that using international waterways is the right of all countries and all should benefit from them. And in this letter, he has described it as the United States’ red line.”

“In the letter, Obama has mentioned cooperation and negotiation based on the interests of the two countries,” Ebrahimi, who is the deputy chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Nasimonline news website.

“He has stated in the letter that they will not take any hostile action against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.

Ebrahimi also said, “This is not the first time that Obama has sent a message and letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has repeatedly spoken in a soft tone about the Islamic Republic of Iran, but, in practice, he has not acted accordingly.”

“Obama’s letter indicates that the United States has become afraid of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s might and has realized the point that an arrogant spirit is of no use, and therefore, he has softened his tone when speaking about the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he stated.

He added, “The important issue is that without the Islamic Republic of Iran’s permission, no country can benefit from the Persian Gulf.”
What could go wrong?

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems - Protector Umanned Surface Vessel (USV) [480p]

The Israeli Navy has a new, unmanned naval vessel at its disposal. It's called the Protector.
The Protector unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is an Israeli-developed unmanned vessel using cutting edge technology. Nine meter long, weighting about 4,000 Kg (8,800 lbs) and reaching a speed of up to 92 Kph (57 mph), the Protector USV is based on former models of unmanned, autonomous, remotely controlled unmanned surface vehicles.

Highly maneuverable and stealthy, the Protector can conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions, without exposing personnel and capital assets to unnecessary risk. Though autonomous, the device can easily be controlled from a shore several miles from the Protector.

Deployed by the Israeli Navy since 2009, the weapon system carried by the Protector USV is based on Rafael‘s Typhoon remote-controlled, stabilized weapon station, capable of operating various small caliber guns. The highly accurate, stabilized weapon station has excellent hit-and-kill probability.

The high-tech equipment installed on the unmanned vessel, such as highly accurate, stabilized weapons station, search radar and a targeting system with day and night capabilities enables the Protector USV a wide variety of operational functions.

Iran cracks down on Barbie; little girls complain alternative 'fat and ugly'

Iran has banned Barbie.
"About three weeks ago they (the morality police) came to our shop, asking us to remove all the Barbies," said a shopkeeper in a toy shop in northern Tehran.

Iran's religious rulers first declared Barbie, made by U.S. company Mattel Inc, un-Islamic in 1996, citing its "destructive cultural and social consequences." Despite the ban, the doll has until recently been openly on sale in Tehran shops.

The new order, issued around three weeks ago, forced shopkeepers to hide the leggy, busty blonde behind other toys as a way of meeting popular demand for the dolls while avoiding being closed down by the police.

A range of officially approved dolls launched in 2002 to counter demand for Barbie have not proven successful, merchants told Reuters.

The dolls named Sara, a female, and Dara, a male arrived in shops wearing a variety of traditional dress, with Sara fully respecting the rule that all women in Iran must obey in public, of covering their hair and wearing loose-fitting clothes.

"My daughter prefers Barbies. She says Sara and Dara are ugly and fat," said Farnaz, a 38-year-old mother, adding that she could not find Barbie cartoon DVDs as she was told they were also banned from public sale.

Pointing to a doll covered in black long veil, a 40-year-old Tehran toy shop manager said: "We still sell Barbies but secretly and put these in the window to make the police think we are just selling these kinds of dolls."
So far, at least, I have not heard any stories about Barbie being stoned in the streets. That may yet happen too.

Dovid Gabay Sings A Bride And Groom Down The Chuppa Aisle

Chai Lifeline: Baruch Levine at Wish at the Wall Benefit Evening

IDF Paratroopers Practice Brigade Jump and Ground Attack

First Parachuting Drill in 15 Years

Daniel Gordis J Street's Endorsement of Goldstone Report

America and Israel: An Unbreakable Bond

Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanayahu, and other leaders describe how President Obama has strengthened the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Shaare Zedek 110.wmv

Netanyahu meets 101-year-old Righteous Gentile, Dutch Professor Johan van Hulst

Dutch Professor Johan van Hulst saved hundreds of Jewish children during World War II • Prime minister visits the Netherlands as part of a two-day trip to strengthen bilateral ties.
Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff

"It is my hope you will act with wisdom to bring peace to Israel and its surrounding nations," Van Hulst tells Netanyahu. 
 Photo credit: Reuters

Amb. Dan Gillerman on Obama and Iran

A miracle happened ten years ago at Shaare Zedek - January 22, 2002! Video of reunion between Shayna and Dr. Deeb:

Dr. Maher Deeb saved the life of a young woman
Deeb and Shayna  
named Shayna Gould who had been studying in Israel for the year.  Shayna was a 19 year old Chicagoan who was shot in a terrorist attack. When she arrived at the hospital, according to all reports she was near death with seriously weak vital signs. Dr. Deeb worked tirelessly with his talented staff to perform a miracle and brought Shayna back to life.
Dr. Maher Deeb, an Israeli Arab, was born in Haifa and raised in the Galilee village of Rama in northern Israel and is currently
Dr. Deeb Headshot  
the Director of the Matloff Department of Cardi-Thoracic Surgery at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.  Dr. Deeb received his medical degree and completed his residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hebrew University Medical School, and was a Clinical Fellow at the Department of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.  Since joining Shaare Zedek in 2000, Dr. Deeb has played an integral role in saving countless lives while establishing Shaare Zedek as the premier center for thoracic surgery in all of Israel.  As an Israeli Arab working in a senior position in a Jerusalem hospital, Dr. Deeb exemplifies Shaare Zedek's status as a model of social co-existence. 
Dr. Deeb is perhaps the epitomy of our mission; to provide high-tech medicine combined with compassionate patient care. Ask Dr. Deeb when he takes time off and he will laugh.  "It is a very rare day that I am not at the hospital for at least some period of time," says Dr. Deeb. "My patients all have my cell phone number and my pager so that they can reach me whenever they have a question or need immediate medical attention."

5 More Incredible Technologies Used by the IDF

A few weeks ago we gave you an insight on eight amazing technologies the IDF uses for the protection of the State of Israel and its citizens. As many people pointed out, there are still many more amazing gadgets and systems IDF soldiers work with every day. So grab a cup of coffee, pull your chair close and read about 5 more incredible technologies used by the IDF.
1. The Protector USV (unmanned surface vehicle):
You have heard of drones in the IDF and you have probably heard of unmanned vehicles, but did you know the IDF also has robot boats?
Meet the Protector USV. This 9 meter long unmanned vessel is fast, stealthy and highly maneuverable. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 92 km/h (57 mph), the Protector offers surveillance, identification and interception capabilities. The Protector is highly autonomous but can be easily remote-controlled by two operators on shore or a nearby vessel. Equipped with an extremely accurate, stabilized weapons station, a search radar, electro-optical detection systems, a speaker system and a targeting system with day and night capabilities, this easily reconfigurable system can be used for a wide variety of missions. Force protection, anti-terror missions, surveillance or sabotage; the Protector USV does it all with the crew safely out of harm’s way.
2. The VIPeR (Versatile, Intelligent, Portable Robot):
Did you love R/C cars as a kid but always thought that they were lacking something? Take a look at the VIPeR.
It’s a portable, lightweight robot designed specifically for urban guerrilla warfare and thanks to its special wheel system that can literally change its shape, VIPeR knows how to handle a variety of obstacles such as climbing stairs and big rocks or crawling into very confined spaces and caves. VIPeR is equipped with several day & night cameras, sensible microphones, GPS and an array of sensors that can detect and locate chemicals, gases, explosives and radiation. One single operator controls the robot with a gaming style controller and a helmet mounted display, giving him the ability to see everything that VIPeR sees, from a safe distance. Despite all of these capabilities, VIPeR weighs in at just over 11 kilo and can easily be carried in a soldier’s backpack. Besides being the perfect tool for safe surveillance and reconnaissance missions, this amazing robot can also be outfitted with a 4-ft robotic arm including a gripper, a 9mm mini-Uzi with scope and pointer and even a grenade launcher. This is definitely not your childhood toy.
Elbit VIPeR UGVSoldier operating the VIPeR (Photo:
3. The Delilah missile:
“Honestly, it’s the most amazing weapon in the Air Force today.” – These are the words an IAF officer used to describe the Delilah and it’s easy to understand why he is right.
For many years the Delilah was one of the IDF’s biggest secrets, quietly undergoing improvement after improvement, until it became what it is today. Delilah is a cruise missile but it possesses some very unique capabilities that set it apart from the rest.
A typical cruise missile is launched and finds its pre-programmed target with the help of its navigational system. The navigator can send the missile commands and make small adjustments in its flight path, but once the missile begins its final approach no changes can be made. If the missile attacks a target that moves in the last moment or even a wrong target, the missile simply misses with possibly devastating consequences. This is where the Delilah’s special abilities come into play.
IMI Delilah MissilePatience is a virtue - The Delilah can loiter around the target area and wait until the right moment to attack (Photo: IMI)
Let’s say Delilah is approaching a target and in the last moment the navigator sees on the images transmitted from the missile’s camera that there are civilians in the target zone. All he needs to do is push a button and Delilah aborts its attack, returns to the air and keeps loitering in the target zone until it receives new instructions. Delilah can also be launched in the direction of a suspected target and be instructed to patrol the area and search for its target, effectively functioning as a surveillance drone. Once the navigator identifies the target, he instructs Delilah to approach it. If the target was correctly identified Delilah will attack. If it was not the correct target, a push of a button is enough and Delilah will abort its approach and continue to search for the real target.
IMI Delilah Missile"The most amazing weapon in the IAF today" - Delilah's eye can spot you from over 15km away
Read the full story of the Delilah in the IAF Magazine.
4. The SIMON Breach Grenade:
One of the most dangerous tasks of urban warfare is entering a building with enemy fighters inside. The sounds of movement outside of a door can give away the soldier’s position and should the door be booby-trapped, the lives of the soldiers are in danger.
With this in mind, Rafael developed the SIMON. It is an advanced, lightweight door-breaching device that easily attaches to almost any conventional assault rifle and is fired from a safe distance of 15-30 meters. A fail-safe mechanism ensures that the SIMON is only armed after it has travelled a minimum distance of 15 meters. When the SIMON’s tip hits the door, the explosives in the warhead are triggered and blast open the door. SIMON contains only 120-150 grams of explosives, but its special shape ensures that the energy from the explosion is directed straight at the door, with very little damage to people inside and outside.
Simon says: “Open door!”
Sometimes, however, entering through the door is not an issue. That’s when the MATADOR comes into play. Created as a cost-effective, low maintenance weapon system, this shoulder launched wall-breacher packs a heavy punch. The MATADOR’s rocket-propelled warhead operates in two modes. In blast mode the whole warhead explodes on impact on a wall and creates a man-sized hole for troops to enter through. When soldiers know that entering a room is too dangerous because of a high number of enemies inside, they can switch into delay mode. In this mode the warhead explodes in two stages. One small detonation penetrates the wall, and a delay of one millisecond ensures that the second explosion occurs inside the building, effectively taking out every threat inside. MATADOR’s special firing mechanism allows the weapon to be launched in enclosed spaces, so soldiers don’t have to be exposed when firing.
And if this isn’t already enough for you; the MATADOR is also extremely effective against most know armored personnel carriers and light tanks in the world.