For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
An Associated Press article, published in today’s (8/25) Independent under the headline ‘UN official criticises Israel over Flotilla probe’ states that Israel is not co-operating with the inquiry led by the United Nations Human Rights Council into the flotilla incident. However, it does not explain that Israel is working with another UN inquiry, also mentioned in the article, and that Israel regards the UNHRC as politically motivated against it.
While the article is correct in stating that Israel is refusing to co-operate with the Human Rights Council’s inquiry, it simply notes at the end that ‘Another UN panel under New Zealand's ex-prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and Colombia's ex-president Alvaro Uribe is also examining the incident’. It does not include the fact that Israel is co-operating with that inquiry, which was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon – as reported in this AP article. Israel has also set up both a civilian inquiry with a wide ranging mandate, monitored by international observers, including Lord Trimble, and a military inquiry to investigate the incident.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"