Monthly Archives: July 2018

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

July 24, 2018 — Jerusalem, Israel … As air raid sirens cried throughout the Golan Heights, Emek HaYarden regional councils and through the northern Israeli town of Katzrin, many thought is was just another Syrian rocket heading towards Israel’s Jewish civilian population.

Instead, it was something much bigger, more lethal. A Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 fighter jet had infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace before the IDF shot it down with two Patriot missiles.

The Syrian fighter jet fell in Syria, and we still await reports of what happened to the Syrian pilot.

The IDF monitored the path of the fighter jet before it was shot down. The Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 departed from the T-4 Airbase in Syria and then flew towards Israel at a high speed. This happened after hours of increased internal fighting in Syria and increased Syrian Air Force activity.

“We issued warnings and messages through different channels, in various languages, numerous times over the day to avoid any misunderstandings or any violations of Israeli airspace,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.

“We have continued to deliver messages through various channels, including through the UN, UNDOF, and we will not tolerate any violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We hold the Syrian Regime accountable for any such violations coming from the Syrian side.”

This is not the first time this year that aircraft from Syria have infiltrated Israeli airspace.

On July 13th, a Syrian UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile after flying in the demilitarized zone.

Earlier this year, on February 10th, the IDF intercepted an Iranian UAV, which was launched from Syria. In response, the IDF struck several Syrian Air Force and Iranian military targets in Syria. While the IDF struck these targets, the Syrian Air Force shot several missiles and hit an Israeli Air Force F-16, severely injuring the pilot.

The IDF remains on high alert says that it will continue to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli civilians and sovereignty, and will operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.

As the civil war in Syria has shifted in favor of Assad, who is backed by forces from Iran and Russia, Israel continues remains extremely vigilant. Despite being technically at war with Syria, Israel says it has no issue with Syrian government forces returning to areas they held before the civil war — as long as forces linked to Iran are excluded.

“In recent discussions with our Russian counterparts, Israel made clear again that we would not accept an Iranian military buildup in Syria, not near the border and not beyond the 100-kilometer strip that the Russians have been talking about,” an Israeli official said.

The IDF has carried out more than 100 airstrikes in Syria in an effective effort to prevent Iranian entrenchment or the transfer of arms to its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.

Holocaust Center Yad Vashem Mourns Loss of French Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann

By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — July 5, 2018 … World-renowned filmmaker and director Claude
Lanzmann passed away earlier today at the age of 92 in France.

Lanzmann was born in Paris, France in 1925 to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during World War II. He later joined the French resistance at the young age of 17.

Claude Lanzmann is most known for his non-fiction work entitled Shoah, which has
become one of foremost films in Holocaust remembrance since its release in 1985.

Shoah, a Hebrew word, eludes easy definition. It has bedeviled translators, who have wrestled its multitudes into grim English stand-ins such as “catastrophe” or “calamity” or “annihilation.” But no single term quite manages to bear the word’s weight.

“The truth is that there is no name for what happened. During the 12 years of my work, I had no name to name what I called – inside my heart, I called it ‘the thing,’ ” Lanzmann said, finding his words through his thick French accent. “How could exist a name for something which had never existed in human history?”

Lanzmann was a man of strong convictions.

He rejected the word “Holocaust” — literally, “burnt offering” — as a description of the genocide. He railed against its “commodification” in films like “Schindler’s List.”

He believed that Polish anti-Semitism was an “essential condition” of the genocide; indeed, the lack of anything in “Shoah” that would cast Poles in a better light led the Warsaw government to demand that the film be banned after its premiere in Paris.

Shoah marks a tectonic shift in Holocaust cinema—rejecting archival footage, docu-
drama, and all other genres, Lanzmann insisted on focusing on testimonies of
Holocaust survivors who had been closest to the mass murder of their people.

“Shoah is a work about the present, representing the way those who were there live
with trauma and the memory of it,” stated Yad Vashem Visual Center Director Liat
Benhabib.

“Holocaust films of all genres changed after Shoah, which also served to
shine a spotlight on survivor testimony in an unprecedented scope and manner.”

“Claude Lanzmann’s cinematic work left an indelible mark on the collective memory,
and shaped the consciousness of the Holocaust of viewers around the world, in
these and other generations,” said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev.

“His departure from us now, along with our recent separation from many Holocaust
survivors, marks the end of an era.”

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was established in 1953.
Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust commemoration, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org

Edited by Joel Leyden