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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE! Leah, a Holocaust survivor, was forced to leave her home in Vienna in 1939 at the age of thirteen. Recently, at 91-years-old, Leah and her daughter, Leslie, were bat mitzvahed together. Why did Leah want to do this? She said, “I am here today, at my age, for the millions of girls who were killed during those years and were never able to even dream of a bat mitzvah.” Let’s all say “mazel tov” to Leah and Leslie!

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Israel offers asylum to Iranian blogger in Turkey
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri offers a Turkey-based Iranian blogger asylum following reports that she would be forcibly repatriated to Iran where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site
+Associated Press, via +Ynetnews English

Israel offered asylum on Sunday to a Turkey-based Iranian blogger who it said faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site.

Neda Amin, a Persian-language blogger who writes in English and other languages for an Israeli news site, left Iran in 2014 for Turkey. She has been in a court battle to prevent her repatriation and has sought other countries that might take her in as a refugee, the site said.

Hostility between the two countries means that Iranians are generally not admitted to Israel.

But following appeals by Israel's journalist federations, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said he would issue 32-year-old Amin a special visa.

"This is a journalist whose life is in real danger," Deri said in a statement. "Given the clear humanitarian circumstances, I authorized her entry without delay."

Below: Neda Amin

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'Revenge of the rejects': The real reason young Palestinians commit lone-wolf attacks
An analysis of the backgrounds of 80 terrorists reveals a number of key differences compared to the previous generation of assailants
Amos Harel, +Haaretz הארץ

...Since October 2015, there have been more than 300 lone-wolf terror attacks and copycat attacks, as they are termed by the intelligence organizations. The initial eruption of these attacks caught the army and the Shin Bet security service unprepared. “We were having five attacks a day,” says one official who was heavily involved in combating the wave of stabbings and car-ramming attacks. “And all we could come up with was the most basic information about where the terrorist came from and how old he was. We had zero information about the terrorists’ background – and zero warnings, of course.” It was at this point that that Israel began to develop a response based on deep and comprehensive intelligence monitoring of Palestinian social media.

For this purpose, major data analysis was required. It started with an Excel sheet in which all the available information on the first 80 terrorists was entered. Clear patterns were spotted, with imitation the most prominent: 40 percent of the terrorists who struck in those first months came from the same seven West Bank villages and neighborhoods. Half of the attacks occurred at a small number of locations, with one attacker following in the footsteps of another. Based on this information, the Central Command tailored special security arrangements for the attack-prone sites, with the Gush Etzion junction being number one.

The analysis of these 80 terrorists’ backgrounds revealed a number of key differences compared to the terrorists of the previous generation. The new attackers were not very religiously devout, most had no history of active involvement in a terrorist organization and they mostly fell in the middle of the socioeconomic spectrum, with only a few coming from refugee camps. Another noticeable common denominator was that many suffered from personal problems: Young men and, especially, young women, who suffered abuse at home, family crises, or were relative outsiders in their society. They viewed attacking Israelis, and possibly dying as a shahid, as a way to escape their plight. Many of the terrorists who were arrested told interrogators that they set out to commit the attack on a sudden impulse. In one case, the stabber went out to attack after getting into a big fight with his father, who broke his iPad. In another case, the son of a wealthy businessman set out to run over Israelis with his father’s Mercedes after learning that his parents meant to hand the reins of the family business to his brother and not him.

When it was asked to profile the terrorists, the Central Command intelligence team described the phenomenon as “Revenge of the Rejects.” Picking up a knife temporarily transformed these shunned youths into superheroes, into Palestinian Supermen and Superwomen. By committing an attack, the lone wolf connected to a narrative larger than himself or herself, one that imbued the attacker with bravery, with no need for any kind of organizational umbrella. Terrorists killed in the course of their attacks were especially lauded on social media, regardless of how much damage they managed to inflict. A flattering Facebook profile photo was enough...

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Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence
Lawrence Mykytiuk looks for ancient personalities who have made an impression — be it on a signet ring or a monument
RICH TENORIO, +The Times of Israel

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. The system’s creator, Lawrence Mykytiuk, an associate professor of library science at Purdue University, calls it “a way to develop historicity.”

It sounds like an unlikely project: a professor in the Midwest verifying ancient names from the Mideast. Yet Mykytiuk’s training as a librarian and interest in the Bible help him do what he says on-the-scene archaeologists are too busy to — pore through journals and books, scrutinize inscriptions discovered on digs and attempt to match names in the historical record with names in the Bible.

Mykytiuk’s system relies on three criteria: A biblical name must match the name on an authentic inscription, with no possibility of a forgery (thus ruling out items from the antiquities market, he said). The names — in the Bible and on the inscription — must match in terms of setting and time period. And, in perhaps the most exacting category, Mykytiuk looks for matches of at least three specific details identifying an individual, such as name, father’s name and title.

“If it matches the same three mentions in Scripture, it’s a virtual certainty,” Mykytiuk said. “There might be a few people with the same name, father’s name,” he added, “but same title? That’s stretching it. I consider it a virtual certainty, either a dead ringer or virtual certainty.”

He does note in a PowerPoint presentation, however, that verifications of biblical names do not guarantee verifications of biblical events involving these individuals...

Below: Biblical characters that Lawrence Mykytiuk claims to have verified. Clockwise, from left: Sargon II; Cuneiform prism describing the restoration of Babylon by Esarhaddon; a relief of King Sennacherib from his palace in Nineveh; Tiglath-pileser III from the palace at Nimrud. (Public domain)

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India / Israel New Era starts, we will progress more then ever, thanks to Israel People

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The crisis that began three weeks ago with the murder of two border policeman near the Temple Mount did not ignite – for the time being – a third intifada.
HERB KEINON, +jerusalem post

...Why not? Why did this crisis not trigger the same paroxysm of violence that the opening of the Western Wall tunnels did in 1996; that Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount did in 2000; or the lie that the Jews were planning to take over the Temple Mount did in 2015?

There are a number of reasons. The first has to do with the wider power play throughout the Middle East. Former National Security Council deputy head Eran Lerman has in the past divided the region into four camps – Iran, Islamic State, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Camp of Stability – saying that each of these is vying for control of the Middle East.

According to Lerman, all the struggles in the region – from Libya to Yemen and culminating in Syria – can be seen through the prism of this titanic battle between the camps for Mideast hegemony.

But one not need look as far afield as Libya, Yemen or Syria to see this competition; it can also be seen in Jerusalem.

Islamic State was not a player in the recent events in Jerusalem, but the other three camps were. The Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood camps, on one hand, had an interest in inflaming the passions and creating chaos and violence, while the countries in the Camp of Stability – states like Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – had an interest in containing the violence.

Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt have no interest now in fanning the flames of a holy war in Jerusalem, because that could stir up passions which may be difficult to control in their own street. It could also deflect attention from their primary fights with Iran and radical Islamic terrorism.

The Muslim Brotherhood camp – which includes Hamas, Turkey and Qatar – did have an interest in fanning the flames. Thus there were the calls from Hamas for violence and “days of rage” and the incendiary comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In this “Game of the Camps,” the Palestinian Authority sees itself in the Camp of Stability. And it wants to be seen as on the side of the Saudis, Jordanians and Egyptians, rather than on the side of Iran or Hamas. The problem is that this also put them on the side of Israel, not a comfortable place for them to be...

Below: Protestors at the Temple Mount. (photo credit:REUTERS)

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Israeli Medical Team Give Florabelle, 2, Lease Of Life
Lusiana Tuimaisala, +Fiji Sun Online

The Israeli Medical Team successfully performed ear, nose and throat operations for more than 20 patients over the past six days at the Suva Colonial War Memorial hospital.

Two-year-old Florabelle Tehilah Mosese had a new lease of life following her operation as for the first time since she was born she could breathe with ease...

The Humanitarian arm of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Mashav, team had arrived into the country on Sunday, July 23, screened the list of patients and operated on them last week.

Through Mashav, Israel has assisted more than 60 countries to alleviate shared global problems such as hunger, disease and poverty...

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5 Ways Hezbollah Violates UN Resolution 1701
+Israel Defense Forces

After the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the UN Security Council passed UN Resolution 1701. The resolution sets guidelines for both Hezbollah and Israel to end the hostilities. Over the years, Hezbollah repeatedly ignored and violated these guidelines...

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UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea after missile tests
Michelle Nichols, +The Independent

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