Rabbi’s Weekly Message

23 June 2017 / 29 Sivan 5777


Dear Friends 

Last Friday just before the start of the Sabbath, near the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem,  Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old female Border Guard Police officer, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Authority terrorist.   

Thousands of mourners attended her funeral which was held at a military cemetery in Ashdod just after midnight on Sunday. Her brother, Guy, declared at her graveside: “Get up, Hadassi, tell us it’s a dream. A damned terrorist destroyed all our dreams. We’ll never forget you as our hero sister who protected Jerusalem.” 

I share with you this tragedy as it barely received any coverage in the local Australian papers or Media. Nor did this receive condemnation from political or religious leadership. Any act of terror that takes innocent lives of a nation, must be highlighted and condemned.   

The BBC (which has a long history of bias against Israel) headline for the story read: “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.“ Subsequently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reproach the BBC. The BBC then apologised and changed the headline to “Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem.” 

Despite Palestinian assurances that they reject terrorism and oppose incitement, PA Chairman Abbas recently told President Trump during their meeting at the White House: “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, and our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”  Palestinian Officials condemned the killing of the terrorists, calling it a “war crime” by Israel and then praised the three terrorists as Heroes and Martyrs.    

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Sunday evening paid a condolence call to the family of Hadas Malka. The PM said, “Their grief is our grief; their sorrow is that of the entire nation. Hadas was a young person full of life. She was imbued with a sense of mission of defending Israel. Without these young people, we have no country. I bow my head and salute you, Hadas, our hero.”

Gut Shabbos 

Rabbi & Sheyna Riesenberg