Magen David Adom 'joins the ranks' of
the international rescue service community
Red Cross officials from around the world gathered in Israel last week
for a three-day disaster management workshop hosted by Magen David Adom, which marked an unofficial welcoming of the Israeli
rescue service into the brotherhood of the International Red Cross.
Despite being officially left out in the cold by the International Red
Cross Movement - which has not allowed MDA's Star of David emblem to join the Cross and Red Crescent - on the ground MDA has
been incredibly influential in the organization.
Maryland Governor Visits Israel for Homeland Security Tips
By Dave Bender CNSNews.com Correspondent November
(CNSNews.com) - As governor of a state bordering the
nation's capital at a time when local political leaders must try to guard their citizens against international terrorist groups,
Maryland Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is looking abroad for advice.
Ehrlich is in Israel, along with a 30-member
delegation of business and academic leaders from the state, to get a better idea of how the Israelis deal with security threats
and the results of terror attacks.
"Israel, being under permanent threat, obviously is state-of-the-art with respect
to not only security issues, but also issues relating to triage, issues relating to mass-casualty situations - typically situations
that we have not even had to think about in the United States of America - but do now, post-9/11," Ehrlich said, referring
to planned meetings with Israeli officials about "best practices in disaster relief."
Keeping things in perspective By Dave Bender August 17, 2003 http//www.Israel21c.com
"Yoni Shapira is a big guy who likes
little things; 1:25 scale little things, to be exact. The 50-year-old native Israeli is the creative visionary behind Israel's
newest and most popular tourist attraction - Mini Israel - a 15-acre theme park boasting eight acres of exact miniature replicas
of over 300 of the country's most famous sites and cities."
Pria, and Shmaya, eight-and-a-half year-old triplets on the tail end of summer vacation, strolled past the Sbarro pizzeria
in downtown Jerusalem shortly before a Palestinian suicide
bomber walked into the restaurant, packed with noontime diners. Pressing a concealed button on a 10-kilogram charge, the terrorist
slaughtered 15 Israelis and tourists and wounded over 130 in a devastating attack.
children, together with their mother and her infant twins were on a bus making their way home as scores of local and international
correspondents rushed downtown in the wake of the blast that ripped through the heart of Jerusalem just after on a harrowing dog-day afternoon."
despite a two-piece rain slicker, I try to pilot my open, windshield-less jeep through the downpour, stiff winds, and lowering
clouds. With helmet and oversized driving goggles, I feel like Snoopy taking on the Red Baron - minus the doghouse.
"A recent call-up notice from my army unit once again
invited me to join up with brothers - in - arms for exercises somewhere among the dramatic wadis in the sprawling southern
"I was asked to drop everything I was doing at the
moment, pick up an oily rifle and a heavy tan duffle bag, and spend some quality time practicing for the big one."
"Ask for death" is the message that the Palestinian Authority
[PA] has been conveying to its children since the start of violence in October 2000. In June 2002, two articulate 11-year-old
girls were interviewed in the studio of official Palestinian Authority TV. Among other topics, they spoke of their personal
yearning to achieve death through Shahada Death for Allah and of a similar desire they said exists in "every Palestinian child."
It is striking that their desire for death was expressed as a personal goal, not related to the conflict with Israel. Having
been convinced that dying for Allah is preferable to life, their goal in living is not to experience a good life, but to achieve
the proper death Shahada.To view the 20-minute film on Windows Media Player, click here:
Streets' met the Western Wall -or- Harvey Keitel; The man, the movies, the hupa
By Dave Bender
"It was a standoff Sunday night between
Pulp Fiction and the all-too-real cobblestones of the WesternWallPlaza as Harvey Keitel and his new bride Dafna Kessler, 40, ran headlong into a very
insistent claque of paparazzi in Jerusalem.
"As Keitel stamped on an aluminum foil-wrapped
glass at the conclusion of the ceremony, the muezzins in the OldCity, calling
the Muslim to prayer, began wailing in eerie coincidence.
"Unbeknownst to those at the
event, and even more symbolic, the US-led attack on Afghanistan had also begun at the same moment, with Tomahawk cruise missiles
slamming into targets in Kabul and Kandahar as Keitel slammed his foot down on the fragile glass."