Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces at the Gaza border
Vakhnin was stationed on the security fence separating Israel from Gaza, protecting Israel from the Hamas-led ‘March of Return’ that has brought tens of thousands of Gazans to riot along the border. A group of children gathered at his section of the fence and began to approach the border. Vakhnin fired several shots in the air to disperse the crowd.
“I shot a few bullets into the air and after the third shot, I felt they had fired at me. I felt an explosion in my stomach,” he said. “I fell backwards down the embankment. The first thing I did was to call on the radio while I was still falling. I called out, “Vakhnin is hit, Vakhnin is hit!’ I remember everything after that. I was fully conscious until they brought me to the operating room.”
Vakhnin is prohibited from discussing many of the details of the event pending the completion of an IDF review of the incident, but he was thankful for his comrades’ quick reaction.
“I can say that everyone involved in the incident functioned precisely as expected,” Vakhnin said.
Walla News released an audio of the telephone conversation between Vakhnin and his father recorded while the soldier was being transported to the hospital.
“Father, I love you,” Vakhnin said.
“What happened?” his father said, clearly anxious.
“I got shot,” Vakhnin said. “Everything is okay.”
“Where are you?” his father asked.
“I don’t know, father. Somewhere. In the hospital.”
Vakhnin was released from the hospital on the eve of Yom Kippur but faces a long period of rehabilitation. In a recent interview with Walla, he expressed his determination to return to his army unit.
“I will do everything to return to my brigade,” he said, “even if they lower my medical profile.”
Five days before Vakhnin was shot, Aviv Levi, Vakhnin’s friend who also served in Givati, was shot and killed by a sniper. Levi was wearing a bulletproof vest but it is believed that the sniper used a special armor-piercing rifle and ammunition provided by Iran.
“Aviv was a friend of mine, we were doing our job,” Vakhnin said. “No matter how many others are wounded, we will continue to do it. As for me, I was saved by a miracle.”
Members of Students for Justice in Palestine speak at the “Palestine Without Borders” session at the 2018 United We Dream National Congress. Photo: Youth Empowerment Alliance.
A pro-Israel group on Thursday denounced an “antisemitic” session recently hosted by an immigrant youth organization, which compared Israel with Nazi Germany and equated the movement for Jewish self-determination with white supremacy and genocide.
69% of progressives are ashamed to be Americans, but 63% are proud of their political ideology instead. The majority don’t attend religious services, but 73% list politics as their preoccupation.
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Campus Week: A guide for Jewish students and their elders
Anti-Zionism ghettoizes Jews from the rest of the justice movement, putting a wall around us that separates us from other marginalized people. It cannot be reconciled with any movement striving for inclusivity. It denies us access to solidarity-based movements which should be fighting for equality, for historically oppressed peoples. As American Jewish students return to campus, they should prepare to be challenged academically and intellectually, and should also prepare to challenge movements that don’t respect Zionism and their Jewish heritage.
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From 1998 to 2008, 5.4 million Congolese died as a result of civil war. Most of the Congolese asylum seekers in Israel came during this period.
It is now the turn of hundreds of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to be deported back to their country. The Foreign Ministry has implied that the conditions that justified collective protection to Congolese asylum seekers no longer prevail and that there is nothing to prevent them from returning home safely. The Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) has given them 90 days to leave the country.
With its decades-old track record of murder and mayhem, Hamas has already secured itself a place in the annals of infamy.
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Every once in a while, I come across a book that I can say changed the way I understand the world I live in. Raymond Ibrahim’s new book, Sword and Scimitar, altered the way I understand the development of our civilization – I mean the one that America inherited from Europe and made our own. It drove home to me how little I knew about the way Islam – in the form of attempted and often successful conquest – really changed the way our civilization evolved and the way it grew to understand itself.
American Thinker: “How War with Islam Shaped and Defined Us”
“In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews,” Hatem Bazian reportedly declared, “until the trees and stones will say, oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!”
That was in 1999.
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