About rolenemarks

Rolene Marks is a member of the Media Team Israel, a body of volunteers that monitors bias in the media. A passionate advocate for Israel, Rolene has appeared on radio, tv and in the print Media. Rolene lives in Israel.

At what price, war?

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At what price, war?

Heavy is the head that wears the crown – or in this case makes the unenviable decision on behalf of a nation to go to war.

I don’t envy any leader or general who has to make this decision.

Over a period of two days, nearly 500 rockets and mortars were fired by terror factions from the Gaza strip into Southern Israel, sending hundreds of thousands of civilians scrambling for safety in their bomb shelters.

One person (a Palestinian from Hebron) was killed when a rocket hit his apartment in Ashkelon, a 19 year old soldier is fighting for his life, a beloved family pet was killed and 68 people have been treated for injuries as well as the horrific destruction of property.

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Bus burns after sustaining direct hit from rocket fired from Gaza, 19 year old soldier was critically injured

At the moment there is an Egyptian-brokered a ceasefire in place and many have opined that we should “obliterate Gaza” “flatten it totally”. I am very perturbed and offended by this kind of rhetoric.

Please allow me a moment to rant. I share the frustration of many that we need to put an end to the terrorist actions of Iranian-backed Hamas and various other terror factions in the strip for once and for all. These terror groups hold both their own and the civilian population of Israel hostage with their thirst for bloodshed. Many have called for an all-out war with our Gazan neighbours and it is easy to be an armchair general from the safety of our homes, far away for the proverbial battlefield.  I am not a military expert and I cannot fathom, like many of you, the difficult decisions Israel’s government, security cabinet and Generals have to make. But I am a human being and holding on to my moral compass, my humanity is sacrosanct.

The decision to go to war or “boots on the ground” is profoundly difficult. War is not glamorous or an easy decision to make. For Israelis, this situation is profoundly painful and as much as we would like to deal a death blow to the likes of Hamas, we are well aware of the consequences.

War is fought on the backs of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, lovers, friends and colleagues. Some of them don’t return. War is more violence inflicted on our civilian populations. War is experiencing PTSD (which by the way many of us, including me experience at the sound of sirens). War is going to funerals for those fallen and gone too soon. War is sleepless nights because we worry our loved ones in the battlefield have not contacted us. War is our heart stopping every time our phones ring or whatsapp beeps.

And war is suffering inflicted on the Palestinian civilian population who do not deserve to be punished because of the actions of their leaders. War is women, children, the disabled and vulnerable being used by Hamas as human shields. War is our diaspora communities under threat and more anti-Semitism because Jewish communities outside of Israel are seen as the de facto representatives of the state.

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I am proud and grateful for our armed forces and security establishment who abide by the strictest code of ethics and conduct. These brave men and women protect us 24/7 while retaining their humanity in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Who are we to behave in a way that is disrespectful to them and fellow innocents by baying for blood? I am proud of a country that takes our duty to be humanitarians even to civilians belonging to an enemy entity very seriously. This is why we continue to ensure that humanitarian aid is delivered to the beleaguered strip unabated.

I hope this offers an explanation. Some of you may disagree, and that is your right. All I am asking is that in a time of conflagration we do not lose our perspective – or humanity.

My gratitude to our brave men and women of the  IDF, IAF, and security services, police, first responders and firefighters for exemplifying the best of us and keeping us safe.

Am Yisrael Chai.

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Cashing in on terror

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Cashing in on terror

A perverted ‘Pay for Slay’ scheme sponsored from countries abroad environment for terror 

 It takes a lot to fell a lion. Several weeks ago, a 17 year old terrorist felled one of Israel and the Jewish world’s most recognized activists, the Lion of Zion, Ari Fuld.  Ari Fuld, was 45 years old, a father of four, slain while he shopped in a nearby supermarket. Mortally wounded from the stab wound in his back that hit a major artery, Fuld managed to chase and shoot his murderer before succumbing to his wounds.

The Lion of Zion, who roared his support for Israel across social media and inspired legions of activists was no more.

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Lion of Zion. Ari Fuld at the Western Wall, Photo, FB

Teenage Terrorists

Teenage terrorists are sadly, not a new or unusual phenomenon. Over the last two years this has been a common occurrence. Motivated by a growing hatred that is indoctrinated into them from baby-hood, these killers have claimed many innocent lives.

It is not just the steady diet of hatred that is consumed but a whole industry has grown around terrorism. It even has a fancy name that rhymes – pay for slay. In a nutshell, there is a scale “of benefits” that determine how much of a monthly stipend the family of a terrorist receive.

If you kill a Jew AND get killed then  – jackpot – you get the most cash. If you stab a Jew and kill him/her but are merely wounded then second prize, a lot less money.

It is money for jam for aspiring terrorists – and this comes with an instructional “how to stab for maximum casualties” videos.

The pay for Slay industry is growing so much that the Palestinian Authority even hasa name for the millions of dollars in supposed aid that they have re-budgeted to pay their young terrorists – The Martyr’s Fund.

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Foreign aid that countries earnestly donate to the Palestinians with the hope that it will go towards improving the lives of Palestinians is re-routed to the Martyr’s Fund to support this “pay for Slay” economy. This is a rough breakdown of how the economy of terror funds are allocated according to an expose published in the Washington Post:

The Washington Post’s analysis showed that in 2017, $160 million was paid to 13,000 beneficiaries of “prisoner payments” ($12,307 per person) and $183 million was paid to 33,700 families in about in “martyr payments” ($5,430 per family), of which:

  • $36 million is estimated to be paid to prisoners serving sentences of >20 years
  • $10 million is paid to former members of the security forces
  • $1 million is estimated to be paid to families of the 200 suicide bombers
  • $10 million is paid to the families of the Palestinians with life terms, lengthy sentences and in the security forces

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Pay to Slay. The PA paid almost $300,000 to Muslim terrorists behind the Sbarro restaurant massacre in Jerusalem with the family of Izz al-Din Al-Masri receiving $50,124 as a reward for his suicide bombing. The dead Israelis included seven children

Economy of Death

Stipends are paid to families of both prisoners and Palestinians killed in political demonstrations that turn violent where protesters are killed by non-lethal riot control methods (such as being hit by a tear gas canister) and to individuals imprisoned for “common crimes”. The fund also pays $106 a month in “canteen money” to all imprisoned Palestinians, including those imprisoned for non-political crimes such as car theft and drug dealing, for prisoners to spend in the prison canteen. This must be where Marwan Barghouti got his money for his chocolate he was eating during his hunger strike…

Families of individuals killed by Israeli security forces are paid stipends of about $800 to $1,000 per month. The families of convicted Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons receive $3,000 or higher per month.

Yossi Kuperwasser, an analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, estimated that in 2017 half of the $693 million that the Palestinian Authority receives as foreign aid, $345 million, was paid out as stipends to convicted terrorists and their families

How many schools, hospitals and other infrastructure that would be beneficial could be built with this money? Asking for a friend….

Instead, this money continues to fuel terror. Incitement to hate and kill Jews is manifesting itself in these ongoing spates of stabbings and shootings perpetrated by teenage terrorists.

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Winds of Change

Incitement of hatred that motivates children to become stealthy killers and not nation builders falls under the remit of child abuse and the international community is starting to take notice.  The United States has started to cut funding dramatically. On 23 March 2018, U.S. President, Donald Trump, signed the Taylor Force Act (named for victim of terror, Taylor Force) into law, which will cut about a third of US foreign aid payments to the Palestinian Authority. This is on the provision that the PA ceases making payment of stipends to terrorists and their surviving families and Australia has followed suit. In July 2018, Australia stopped the A$10M (US$7.5M) in funding that had been sent to the PA via the World Bank, and have decided to send it instead to the UN Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories. The reason given was that Australia did not want the PA to use the funds to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Other governments are starting to review their funding as well.

The Lion of Zion may have been silenced but in his memory and for those who have been slain our voices will not be. We say loud and clear the jig is up – perpetuating a cycle of violence and terror is no longer going to be profitable.

An open letter to Animal Rights activists

This article currently appears in the Times of Israel:

An open letter to Animal Rights Activists

Dear Animal Rights activists

As a fellow animal lover I am a great supporter of the work that you do. I too would rather go naked than wear fur. I believe tusks belong on an elephant and the only horny fifty shades of gray I am a fan of are rhinos with their horns intact.

I am a firm believer that we humans need to be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. Our furry, scaly, feathered, four legged, eight legged, carnivore, herbivore, amphibious, flying, nocturnal, diurnal, horned, spotted, striped, maned and all round exquisite animal friends.

We can all wonder at the majestic falcon as it flies and swoops so elegantly as it hunts its prey.

Sadly, these noble feathered predators have now become the prey.

Not content with sending kites, balloons, condoms (yes, you read right) with incendiary devices attached to them, arson terrorists in the Gaza strip have now attached these to falcons with the aim of destroying thousands of acres of Israeli agricultural land and nature reserves.

The south has been burning for several weeks, killing wildlife and destroying farmlands. Now many of you think that this is all in the name of “resistance” or “peaceful protests”.

Those who love the land, don’t burn it.

At first “protestors” set fires to rubber tires, creating an environmental hazard. Turkeys choked to death on the fumes. Nobody said a word.

At one “peaceful protest” a donkey was set on fire. The poor, tortured creature was still alive.  Nobody said a word.

And now these incredible raptors have been turned into Molotov cocktails. Will you continue to be silent?

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Sheer repugnant depravity

We Israelis have become quite cynical when it comes to the silence of the world. We are well aware of the double standards of human rights activists who have excluded us from the family of nations. This past weekend nearly 200 rockets and mortars rained down on our terrified citizens who scrambled for their shelters. The world was silent. Did you know that these weapons are stored and fired from within civilian infrastructure including the zoo?

Continued silence sanctions this behaviour. This is not about being desperate or resistance, this is depraved torture.

You may not like our politics and prefer to stay out of conflicts that involve humans, but I appeal to you, the environmentalists, eco-warriors, animal activists and even my fellow bunny huggers, for the love of G-d, say something, stand up to this abject cruelty against those who cannot speak for themselves -our animals.

Warm regards

Rolene Marks (fellow bunny hugger)

Witch trials in South Africa?

I watched Shashi Naidoo’s “mea culpa” (or rather bullied into submission apology) with a great deal of sadness and anger. Referring to her impending and I am sure well-choreographed, visit to “Palestine” for “re-education”, I had awful images of a Siberian gulag circa Stalin’s regime. Naidoo spoke movingly of promoting peace but the irony of saying this surrounded by an organization like BDS (boycott Divestment and Sanctions) who are anti-peace and normalization between Israel and her Palestinian neighbours, favouring that bridges be bombed rather than built, made me feel that perhaps Naidoo is a symptom of something extremely worrying that is brewing in South Africa – the steady erosion of the freedom of speech.

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Naidoo was subject to bullying, threats to her life and threats of rape for posting comments on Facebook that were favourable to Israel. If anyone still believes that BDS is a human rights organization, think again. The jig is up. All you have to do is spend a little time on social media to see how BDS and their supporters are trying to intimidate or threaten anyone who has a different opinion to them on Israel and some have used threatening language that even calls for physical harm to Jews or threatened the community with punishment “worse than the Holocaust”.

Shashi symptomatic of something far greater than the bullyboy tactics of BDS and their supporters and their abilities to coerce an uncomfortable apology- she is a symbol of the steady erosion of free speech in South Africa.

This is not unique to her. She joins an illustrious group of international celebrities who have been threatened because of their support for Israel like Sir Paul MacCartney, Alicia keys and even the Argentinian football team who cancelled a friendly warm-up match pre the World Cup with the Jewish State. Argentina’s foreign minister spoke about these threats calling them “worse than ISIS”. Some have stood their ground against hatemongering and some like Shashi are too terrified not to.

Shashi deserves our compassion, as do the many who have to face the juggernaut of hatemongers.

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It is more than just the Israel-Palestine issue or the importing of a far-away conflict into South Africa, it is about the intimidation and witch trial by media. South Africa’s mainstream media has been largely silent. I cannot help wonder if it is fear – or indifference.

The media still fails to draw a correlation between indifference and biased reporting and the rise of anti-Semitism. The constant coverage of only one side is fodder for hatred – and sometimes violence.

The levels of hatred and threats that go unchallenged and allowed to infest social media have spelled the death knell of the freedom of speech in South Africa. Threats are not relegated to an incident here and a post there but rather a growing epidemic that has found a tailwind on social media. It is very easy to hide behind an avatar….

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South Africans fought hard and many paid with their lives to end the racist Apartheid regime and birth a democratic country with equality for all and one of the most progressive constitutions in the world.

All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. Anti-Semitism is not just a problem for the Jewish community. It is everybody’s problem. Anyone who cares about democracy, equality and is concerned about racism and discrimination in the Rainbow Nation needs to take a stand. Don’t be a bystander and let the hatred flourish.

South Africa in the Israeli media – a case of fascination or Um-shmum?

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South Africa in the Israeli media

WHEN Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, was asked his opinion about the United Nations’ propensity to castigate his country, he shrugged and answered, “Um, Shmum” (signifying dismissal or contempt).

This term is an apt description of how Israelis currently feel about South Africa. Once a country that fascinated the Israeli media and public, South Africa is still widely covered in the Israeli media – but for the wrong reasons.

South Africa and Israel have a tumultuous relationship. The historical parallels and shared challenges are often eclipsed by strained political relations between Jerusalem and Pretoria. Both countries share difficult pasts. Both countries have experienced persecution, fought British colonialism and are, relatively-peaking, young democracies. Both countries face similar challenges with regards to water shortages and the agriculture sector. Both countries are multicultural and need to find ways to ensure that racism and intolerance are not propagated. However, over the last decade or so, the relationship between the two states has deteriorated dramatically. This is abundantly clear in both the South African and Israeli media.

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South Africa’s ruling party and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Movement, now the Palestinian Authority) enjoy a historical relationship that dates back to the apartheid years when the PLO offered sanctuary to exiled ANC members, as well as ideological and military support. This is a relationship that has continued into post-apartheid South Africa. The public gulf between Pretoria and Jerusalem has been further widened by the support of boycotts and travels bans by the ANC. Statements such as the one below, co-signed by National Chairperson of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe, are but one of many such comments that emanate from ANC leadership:

As the Alliance we are now heightening our campaign aimed at boycotting and isolating Israel as a state founded on the basis of apartheid, which according to international law and several UN conventions is a crime against humanity.

​The war of words and ideas between the two countries has found fertile ground in both the South African and Israeli media. In a democracy there is a common perception that the role of the media is to expose areas where democracy is failing. However the South African media might view its responsibility towards reporting on Israel, there is a clear line between legitimate criticism of a country’s foreign policy and a biased and myopic approach to bilateral relations between Israel and South Africa.

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​There are many who have argued that the South African media exhibits an inherent bias when it comes to reporting the situation in the Middle East and Israel in particular. For the last two decades, I have worked in media — including radio, TV and print — following how Israel and the Middle East are covered in the South African media. I have observed an increased bias against Israel. While it is not expected that the South African media will break out into Hatikvah anytime soon, would it not be more prudent for journalists to be more balanced? This trend could also be a result of media ownership or the dictates of the consumer. Some would argue that South African media is simply pandering to a popular narrative. Journalism has arguably changed from a noble profession that aims for truth and balance to a means of propagating sensationalism in order to generate headlines.

“There is nothing wrong with legitimate criticism of a country’s policies  … but all too often, as is the case with the South African media, legitimate criticism quickly segues into exaggerated bias.”​

This imbalance needs to be understood in the context of the ANC and the PLO’s historical relationship: the sympathy of the South African government very much lies with the Palestinians. This position has inevitably filtered down to the media, prompting many an angry and frustrated response from the Jewish community and supporters of Israel who feel that this bias is influencing South African public opinion and is, at times, fanning the flames of anti-Israel sentiment.

There is nothing wrong with legitimate criticism of a country’s policies — it is often joked that this is the national sport in Israel — but all too often, as is the case with the South African media, legitimate criticism quickly segues into exaggerated bias. Recognising such bias against Israel, in 2001, following the UN Conference against Racism that was held in Durban, the SAZF (South African Zionist Federation) and SAJBD (South African Jewish Board of Deputies) founded Media Team Israel. The conference brought to the surface an inherent anti-Israel bias in South African media and exposed the growing chasm between the two countries. Indeed, the establishment of Media Team Israel was an attempt to ensure balanced coverage of Israel in the South African media.

“As is commonly reflected in Israeli media, South Africa’s apartheid past, its transition to democracy and the intricacies of the South African political landscape are not always fully understood.”

Whilst there has been much written on how Israel is covered in South African media there is very little on how relations between the two states is covered in the Israeli media.

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The Israeli media enjoys a reputation for being free and democratic. The media landscape is extremely robust, offering space for divergent opinions from the far-left to the ultra-right. In fact, many an Israeli is known to complain that perhaps the media is a little TOO democratic! Israeli society is very complex and this is reflected in the media. As such, the media has to be representative of all sectors of Israeli society – Israelis almost demand this. The left-leaning daily Ha’aretz will cover issues completely differently to The Times of Israel or the Jerusalem Post. One such example is the coverage of NGO’s like Breaking the Silence. Ha’aretz will publish an angle that is far more supportive of this controversial organisation and be highly critical of the government and the various security agencies, while the other two publications would castigate Breaking the Silence and support a much harsher stance against them.

As is commonly reflected in Israeli media, South Africa’s apartheid past, its transition to democracy and the intricacies of the South African political landscape are not always fully understood. This has allowed for the word apartheid to enter the lexicon of Israelis. In part, this is because they do not fully understand what apartheid was, and that it is unique to the South African experience. We have seen this manifest in the discourse of Israeli politicians and journalists, who commonly use the term to describe incidents of racism in Israel. While racism is abhorrent, the distinction between it and apartheid must be made clear. On the whole Israelis are perturbed and angered by the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa by, for example, controversial Israeli commentators such as Ha’aretz journalist, Gideon Levy.  Very often, when there is coverage of South Africa’s BDS movement’s attempts to isolate Israel from the international community and call into question her existence as a state, it results in a barrage of comments and letters from angry Israelis, predominantly Anglos (immigrants from English speaking countries).​

Coverage of South Africa in the English media has increased, largely because of the rise of BDS in South Africa. BDS activities in South Africa receive much coverage in the Israeli media, in particular the English press. The South African BDS movement and its actions are of great interest to English speaking ex-pats because very often they impact on their communities of origin. Ex-pat South Africans, in particular, are very concerned that the actions of BDS may cause a rise in antisemitism or even violence against the South African Jewish community.

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There are four main online English publications – the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Yedioth Aharonot (Ynet) and Ha’aretz. What is of interest is that the news reported in Hebrew differs to that offered in English. The English media covers a lot more international news than the Hebrew speaking press. Ha’aretz will more often than not give a voice to the far-left and organisations seen as anti-Israel, whereas the Hebrew media tends to castigate South Africa.

Many Israelis have become increasingly alarmed at the scurrilous comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa, the BDS movement and its activities in the country, and the hostility shown to the Jewish state by the ANC and the EFF (Economic Freedom Front). Recent statements by Lindiwe Sisulu, Chairperson of the ANC International Relations committee, recommending that Israel withdraw from Gaza after we had done so 12 years ago drew comments of amusement on social media platforms, such as the following tweet by Avi Mayer, spokesperson to the International Media for The Jewish Agency for Israel:

​Dear South Africa: thank you for your helpful advice, which we heeded TWELVE YEARS before you offered it. Any suggestions as to what we might do about the thousands of rockets that have poured onto our citizens’ homes ever since?

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The water crisis in Cape Town and controversy around the rejection of proposed solutions from Israel has garnered its fair share of headlines. Events on campus during Israel Apartheid Week also makes headlines. Israelis view the manifestation of antisemitism in South Africa to be very different to the trends in the USA or Europe. In Europe or the USA, antisemitism is seen as manifesting itself in ‘traditional ways’ – in other words, the spraying of swastika’s, the desecration of gravestones, marches and activity by the alt-right and far left. In South Africa, it is evident that it manifests in attacks on Israel and how Jews identify themselves as Zionists. The message seems to be “we love Jews! Mazel Tov! Gefilte Fish! We just hate Zionists”.

The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel include a section for blogs that allows space not just for divergent opinions but ensures that a range of voices, including many South African, have a space to share their voices, perspectives and experiences. South African bloggers are very popular because there is much interest from the English speaking community, including many ex-pat South Africans, about the South African Jewish community and events in the country. The Jerusalem Post even has a dedicated journalist who covers South Africa as part of her beat, with stories published almost on a weekly basis.

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When it does cover global events, the Hebrew-speaking media, by contrast, focuses mainly on the United States, Europe and our own volatile region, the Middle East. Unless something controversial has happened or threatens bilateral relations between the two countries, South Africa receives very little coverage in the Hebrew-speaking media. Is it because South Africa is not THAT newsworthy in the eyes of the non-Anglo public in Israel?

The attention given to South Africa in Israeli papers, and to Israel in South African papers, does matter. The media is a very powerful tool not only for disseminating information and news but, I would argue, for building – or breaking – bilateral relations between countries. South Africa continues to be subjects of fascination for the Israeli media and as concern rises about the situation for Jews in South Africa, interest in South Africa will continue to grow in Israel and the Israeli media.

A protest by any other name…..

Do you remember when a protest was a group of people with signs singing give peace a chance or gathering in an orderly fashion?

Now I have been to my fair share of protests. I have protested war in the Balkans along with black students during the Apartheid years, I have protested Hezbollah’s 2006 war against Israel (all this while walking around carrying an Israeli flag and spotting who I knew amongst the crowd). I have protested horrendous crime statistics and incidents in the streets of Johannesburg and I have protested South Africa recalling their Ambassador to Israel during the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. This particular protest took place of a golf course but that is a story for another time.

For the last seven weeks, arch terror group, Hamas, have been staging what they call “the Great Return” protests on Israel’s southern border with Gaza. This is the greatest con artist production of all time because they have successfully managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the world, especially the media and numpty Bernie Sanders who believe their drivel that these protests are peaceful and all about returning home to “lands that were stolen”. Or the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Or Jerusalem. Depending on the media or the weather, this story is interchangeable.

Carefully planned and coordinated, Hamas encourage the population to march en masse to the border fence, break it down and swarm into Israel. It is highly unlikely that arch terror organization Hamas want to enter Israel peacefully while singing Kumbaya and handing out flowers. Don’t believe me? Believe this guy – leader of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar.

Make no mistake – these are not protests, these are acts of war. And they are not about Embassies or capitals but about an assault on Israeli sovereignty.

Armed with Molotov cocktails, axes, guns, rocks, burning tires, shooting at our soldiers and forcing civilians and children to the front line, Hamas have made their best efforts to breach Israel’s borders. Kites with incendiary devices have been flown into Israel, setting fire to fields, burning tires has created a health and ecology disaster and in the last 10 days, the Kerem Shalom crossing that allows for vital humanitarian aid and the transfer of fuel and gasoline has been torched.  In the last two days, Hamas have refused to allow in much needed food aid into the beleaguered strip.

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What one needs to bring to a peaceful protest

The Israel Defense Forces have repeatedly appealed to citizens of Gaza to NOT come near the fence and to go on with their lives because they have no choice but to defend Israel’s borders. Hamas using their civilians as human shields is not a new story; it is a sick and twisted reality and gross example of how child abuse is tolerated by the global community. The result of this is nearly 100 dead and thousands injured (although a vast percentage of the dead are terrorists from various organisations) and Hamas, delirious with glee at the optics that have been generated, that guarantee sympathy for them and opprobrium for Israel.

The inevitable handwringing and international condemnation of Israel has begun. Please bear in mind that no other country has had to deal with an unprecedented act of violence like this on their borders. No other country has had the leader of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, threatening to “tear out the hearts” of its civilian population. No other country has had to deal with the whining of the world media that not enough of their citizens have been killed.

I have been to the border with Gaza during these last 7 weeks.  I have breathed in the toxic tire fumes and been moved by the IDF for my own safety because these peaceful protesters started shooting. I have seen those burning flags and chanting “death to Israel”.

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Another peaceful protester

My appeal to you is that before you take what the media says at face value; please investigate the truth for yourself. An alarming trend that I have experienced personally is the Israeli narrative being shut out by the media. Like this video clip – warning contains scenes that may be upsetting.

 

The only thing now left to protest is the level of hypocrisy from the international community and snide derision of an ignorant media who are complicit in all of this because the less the condemn Hamas, the more they create the space for the terror organization to exploit their civilians. That is worth a protest. A peaceful one.

Roro’s journey to Israel advocate – an interview with Chai FM’s Howard Feldman and Roro

Today more than ever, it is important to show up and stand proudly in our identity. We owe it to ourselves – and the generations to come. I was incredibly honoured and humbled to chat to the popular and erudite, Chai FM presenter, Howard Feldman, to chat about my journey to Israel advocacy and more. Listen by clicking on the link below:

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