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UWI Celebrates Chanukah with IDF Soldiers at Gaza Border

We appreciate that you came. Here, we don’t know what can happen in the next five minutes,” an IDF base commander told the United with Israel visitors.

By Atara Beck

United with Israel’s eighth annual Chanukah party for IDF soldiers serving on the front lines was held at an army base situated approximately two kilometers from the Gaza border.

chanukah gift soldier

UWI founder and director Michael Gerbitz presents warm fleece jacket to IDF soldier. (Yissachar Ruas/UWI)

At each year’s Chanukah celebration, thanks to the generous support of United with Israel (UWI) members from around the world, the organization provides soldiers with ‘warm winter’ care packages as a token of appreciation. The packages include fleece jackets, hats, gloves and neck warmers.

They also receive beautifully wrapped gift packages of Chanukah menorahs, candles, chocolates and assorted treats, as well as personal notes of support and encouragement from friends around the world.

This year’s event, which included festive music and dancing at the base, was followed by a delicious full-course meal for soldiers and the UWI group at nearby Kibbutz Tzohar in the Negev Regional Council.

UWI chanukah party 2018

(Yissachar Ruas/UWI)

Approximately 200 visitors participated, including 50 Tel Aviv University students from abroad who came with former Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman.

At the base, ahead of the lighting of the Chanukah menorah – a unique metal sculpture made from Kassam rockets fired from Gaza into Israel – the regional commander addressed the crowd, saying how much he and his soldiers appreciate the visit.

“We are so happy that you came,” he said.

“We’re protecting the people in Israel and Jews around the world. The difference between us and our neighbors is that we don’t choose to fight, but we must defend ourselves. They send women and children as human shields,” he explained.

“We celebrate the holiday with all our soldiers – Jews, Druze and others,” he added.

‘Today’s Miracle’

UWI Chanukah Party 2018

(Yissachar Ruas/UWI)

In the spirit of Chanukah, which recalls the miracle of the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks more than 2,000 years ago, the commander pointed to what he sees as today’s miracle: the decision made by Jews around the world to make Aliyah (immigrate to Israel).

Indeed, some of the soldiers at the base were “lone soldiers” from places like Florida and London, who came without their families to serve in the IDF and protect the Jewish state.

The base commander also addressed the visitors, explaining that the Hebrew letters for IDF (Tzahal) are placed on the left side of the uniform, “on the heart.”

‘Not the Safest Place’

‘Every morning we wake up and ask ourselves what we can we do to protect the people, especially those living in this area, which is not the safest place…

Border Police Gerbitz Black Arrow

UWI founder and director Michael Gerbitz and his wife Bonnie with Border Police and IDF soldiers at Black Arrow Memorial Park. (Yissachar Ruas/UWI)

“I promise you that all of us will continue to make sure that the people of Israel, including those in the south, will have a normal life.

“We appreciate that you came,” he added. “Here, we don’t know what can happen in the next five minutes.”

The commanders and soldiers “thanked us sincerely, but we all know that the thanks belongs only to them,” UWI founder Michael Gerbitz said. “These young soldiers put their lives on the line every single day so that people like us can live in peace,” added Gerbitz.

En route to the base, the UWI group made a stop at Chetz Hashachor, the Black Arrow Memorial, located 900 meters from the Gaza border, where the “miracle of the bus” occurred recently. On November 13, a Hamas missile struck a bus merely minutes after 50 young soldiers had exited the vehicle.

Treating the Wounded

Border Police simulate emergency

Border Police simulate medical emergencies. (Yissachar Ruas/UWI)

During the stopover, an IDF officer discussed the challenges faced in the area, and a group of border police simulated a number of medical emergencies, when soldiers and civilians are wounded by Hamas terror.

On display was an all-terrain 4×4 anti-terror vehicle (ATV) donated by UWI to Yatar, an elite counter-terror volunteer force under the command of the border police that works hand-in-hand with security intelligence units and special commando forces to prevent and combat terror.

Keep Israel Soldiers Warm this Winter – Send Care Packages!

We are honored to thank the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives every day to protect and defend the citizens of Israel. Join us in sending winter care packages (and personal notes of support) to Israeli soldiers who are out in the cold all day long.

Warm up a soldier’s heart with essential winter wear including a fleece jacket, hat, gloves and neck warmer. Keep an entire unit warm by ordering 10 packages! The soldiers greatly appreciate your love and concern.

我们感谢您的光临。在这里,我们不知道接下来的五分钟会发生什么,”一名以色列国防军基地指挥官对带着以色列游客的联合国说。

与以色列第八次在前线服役的以色列国防军士兵的年度Chanukah党联合,在距离加沙边界大约两公里的一个军事基地举行。

光明节礼物战士

UWI的创始人和导演Michael Gerbitz将保暖羊毛夹克赠送给IDF士兵。(Yaskar Ruas/UWI)

在每年的恰努卡庆祝活动中,由于来自世界各地的团结以色列(UWI)成员的慷慨支持,该组织向士兵们提供“温暖的冬天”护理包以示感谢。包装包括羊毛夹克,帽子,手套和颈部暖气。

他们还收到包装精美的烛台、蜡烛、巧克力和各种各样的礼品的礼品包,以及来自世界各地的朋友的支持和鼓励的个人备忘录。

今年的活动包括基地的节日音乐和舞蹈,随后,在内盖夫地区议会附近的基布茨·佐哈尔为士兵和UWI小组提供了美味的全套食物。

光明节派对2018

大约有200名参观者参加了这次活动,其中包括来自国外的50名特拉维夫大学的学生,他们与前以色列国务卿拉比·多夫·利普曼一起出席。

在基地,在恰努卡烛台点亮之前,地区指挥官向人群发表讲话,表示他和他的士兵非常感谢这次访问。恰努卡烛台是用从加沙发射到以色列的卡萨姆火箭制成的独特金属雕塑。

“我们很高兴你来了,”他说。

“我们正在保护以色列的人民和全世界的犹太人。我们和邻居的不同之处在于我们不选择战斗,但是我们必须保护自己。他们把妇女和儿童作为人类盾牌,“他解释说。

他还说:“我们和所有的士兵庆祝节日——犹太人、德鲁兹和其他人。”

“今日奇迹”

光明节派对2018

本着查努卡的精神,他回忆了2000多年前马卡比人战胜希腊人的奇迹,指挥官指出了他认为今天的奇迹:全世界犹太人做出的决定,使阿利亚(移民到以色列)。

确实,基地的一些士兵是来自佛罗里达和伦敦等地的“孤军奋战”,他们没有家人来以色列国防军服役,保护犹太国家。

基地指挥官还对来访者说,以色列国防军(Tzahal)的希伯来字母放在制服的左边“心上”。

“不是最安全的地方”

每天早上醒来,我们都会问自己,我们能做些什么来保护人民,尤其是那些生活在这个地方的人,这个地方不是最安全的地方……

边境警察格比茨黑箭

UWI的创始人、导演迈克尔·格比茨和妻子邦妮在黑箭纪念公园与边防警察和以色列国防军士兵在一起。(Yaskar Ruas/UWI)

“我向你们保证,我们大家将继续确保以色列人民,包括那些南方人,将过上正常的生活。

“我们感谢你的到来,”他补充说。“在这里,我们不知道接下来的五分钟会发生什么。”

UWI的创始人Michael Gerbitz说,指挥官和士兵们“衷心感谢我们,但我们都知道,感谢只属于他们。”“这些年轻的士兵每天都要冒生命危险,这样像我们这样的人就能和平地生活,”格比茨补充道。

在去基地的路上,UWI小组在距离加沙边境900米处的黑纪念堂Chetz Hashachor停留,那里最近发生了“巴士奇迹”。11月13日,一枚哈马斯导弹击中了一辆公共汽车,就在50名年轻士兵离开汽车几分钟之后。

救治伤员

边防警察模拟紧急情况

边境警察模拟医疗紧急情况。(Yaskar Ruas/UWI)

在中途停留期间,一名以色列国防军军官讨论了该地区面临的挑战,一群边防警察模拟了一些医疗紧急情况,当时士兵和平民被哈马斯恐怖分子打伤。

展出的是UWI捐赠给Yatar的全地形4×4反恐车,Yatar是边防警察指挥的精英反恐志愿部队,与安全情报单位和特种突击队携手合作,预防和打击恐怖主义。

保持以色列士兵温暖今年冬天-发送护理包!

我们荣幸地感谢以色列国防军每天冒着生命危险保护和保卫以色列公民的年轻男女。和我们一起向整天在外面寒冷的以色列士兵发送冬季护理包裹(和个人支持通知)。

穿上羊毛夹克、帽子、手套和暖脖子等冬季必备的服装来温暖士兵的心脏。订购10个PAC使整个单位保持温暖.

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