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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Sivan 17, 5769, 6/9/2009

      Where Is PETA When You Really Need Them?


      As you've read, horses were used in yesterday's terror raid. Some say they were actually booby-trapped as if to be used in place of suicide bombers.

      I initiated a campaign back in 2003, after friends of mine narrowly escaped injury and death when a donkey packed with explosives was blown up at the Gush Etzion checkpoint.  I targeted PETA, wrote to the head office and 15 other branches complaining about the misuse of animals this way and achieved the sending of a letter of protest by them.

      Every little bit counts.

      Why don't you write to PETA and simply ask them to condemn the terrorists who not only have no regard for Jewish lives but for animals, too.