Quotes About "Palestine"

Remember: Israel is bad! Its existence keeps reminding Muslims what a bunch of losers they are. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"There will be no peace until they will love their children more than they hate us."

-Golda Meir-
'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel'‎

~Benjamin Netanyahu~
"Peace of us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all out war, a war which will last for generations.

~Yasser Arafat~
Throughout his authorized biography (Alan Hart, Arafat: terrorist or peace maker) Arafat asserts at least a dozen times: "The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel."

~ Yasser Arafat ~
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel. For our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of Palestinian people, since Arab national interest demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism".

~ Zahir Muhse'in ~

Friday, November 27, 2009

IDF - Marva Program

General Description:
Marva is an IDF program that allows young Jews to learn and experience the basics of IDF and Israeli life. The program lasts between seven to eight weeks and each week, students are stationed at a different base.

Program Outline:‏
This program is open to participants from all over the world.
The program is conducted in simple Hebrew, allowing for significant improvement of Hebrew skills. Activities range from camp craft, navigation, and topography to hikes, lectures, seminars and walking tours, participation in training exercises, and being in the field. Emphasis is placed on Israel’s security situation during lectures on specific social and political issues. The program is based in the Southern Negev on a Gadna base, but participants will spend considerable time in various other parts of the country, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Galilee, and more.‏

General Information
Category: General Long Term Programs

Organizer: Tnuat Aliyah

Dates Information: This program runs more than once a year. Contact the organizer for further details.

Length: 8 weeks

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 28

Target Population: Jewish Tourists

Special Requirements: *Excellent physical condition. *High motivation. *Minimum of aleph level Hebrew. There is no ulpan as part of the program. If your Hebrew is not sufficient, we suggest you do an ulpan prior to the program.

Acceptance Criteria:‏
Applicants should be Jewish tourists between the ages of 18-28. A working knowledge of Hebrew is required (must complete ulpan level aleph). Marva is a physically and mentally demanding program. Applicants are expected to be in excellent physical health and must be highly motivated. It is necessary to undergo a personal interview prior to acceptance.‏

Marva - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ):
Q: What is Marva and how did it come about?
A: Marva began in 1982 as an advanced gadna (the educational youth branch of the IDF) style program. It originally started on a base called Marva (Sage) in the Gallil.

Q: What is the goal of the program?
A: One of the great forces in the Israeli experience is the army. It is one great leveler and probably the best tool for absorption of new immigrants. Yet in most western countries the word Army bring out negative connotations. The goal of Marva is to expose foreign students to the complexities of the problems and challenges facing the Israeli Army, and the role of the IDF within the framework of Israeli society. It must be emphasized that one who does Marva is not doing army service and is no way part of the IDF. The course is open to any Jew who is interested in learning about the IDF. You do not have to think about Aliyah or army service. During the course participants will have to deal with army disipline, the challenge of the mind will be harder than the challenge of the body.

Q: Do I need to speak Hebrew?
A: Since the program is given in Hebrew the more Hebrew you know the more you will gain out of the program. There is a Hebrew test as part of the application procedure. You need to be able to carry a conversation, even if it's only on a "street level."

Q: Do I have to be especially fit?
A: You must be physically healthy and have documentation. Beyond that you do not need physical strength but you do need determination and stamina.

Q: What is the application procedure?
A: If you are applying from abroad, see your local Aliyah representative. If you do not know how to contact your representative abroad, or you are in Israel, contact Tnuat Aliyah.

Q: Where is the program located?
A: Today's main base is the Gadna base at Sde Boker however during the program participants travel all over the country.

Q: What are the living conditions like?
A: Army accommodations. Be aware that it is located in the Negev and the heat in the summer is very dry and the winter nights can be quite cold.

Q: How many people, on an average, do the program?
A: There are approximately 40 people in each session from all over the world.

Q: What will I learn there?
A: You will learn, topography, campcraft, history, celestial navigation, as well as current events and their effect on the army and riflery. You will visit army bases and see army projects with other sectors of Israeli society. For around 6 weeks of the program you will be "on the road," including one week at the Wingate Institute for physical fitness training. Most of all you will learn how to act as a group and how to help others in your unit to achieve a common goal - as such you will learn the true secret of the Israeli army moral and team cooperation. For more information, contact your local Shaliach or call or write to:

Marva Program Tnuat Aliyah
Shmuel Hanagid 7 POB 92
Jerusalem 91000

Quotes by previous program participants: "Marva is a chance to see a side of Israel that only Israeli soldiers get to see. On one occasion we stood on a runway as six f-16’s taxied by. Wow. We met many soldiers and spoke to them. We were considered soldiers and for a short time at least experienced a little bit of what it is like to be a soldier in a country in which the army is survival itself. Marva is not only about what we get out of it. It is also about what we can give to others. Our presence can help boost the morale of soldiers and provide pride for Israelis. In short Marva is a great way that Diaspora Jews can at least show how much we love and appreciate Israel, and how much we appreciate the sacrifice that real Israeli soldiers make so that we can have a country of our own." Anthony Herman, Melbourne

Israel Experience (Marva Program)Zach Goelman
I’ve made the trip to Israel several times in my life, and I used to notice the same thing when I first climbed off the jet. I always stared at the soldiers, everywhere, in packs of olive green and khaki. Young Israelis, my age, carrying their guns, black and shiny, slung casually over their shoulders. Between the uniforms and the guns, I never thought about the actual people wearing the heavy leather boots, or how it felt to wear them. I simply stood and stared, imagining fighter pilots and romantic one-eyed generals. I was never so bold as to ask one of them to pose in a picture, but I was fascinated.

I spent a year in Israel in 2000-2001, in between high school and university. It was an incredible year, and was made drastically more intense by the explosive Intifadah that flared up. Traveling alone and constantly feeling the violence that was gripping the country, being a young Jew in Israel forced me to look at the concept of Zionism, and what it meant to me. It was on a program called Marva that I got a completely new look at the State of Israel and its history. I spent ten weeks in a pair of black leather boots that carried me through mud, dust and water.
I had a new bed mate, a long black rifle that hogged the sleeping bag. I started to forget about relaxing when I began averaging about four hours of sleep a night and I realized that often it is better to agree with a commanding officer rather than do another set of push-ups.

Marva is a program organized by the Educational & Youth Corp. of the IDF, designed for Diaspora Jews to salute, march, and otherwise pretend to be soldiers in the IDF. On a simple level, it was basic training, stressing physical fitness, discipline, military history, and firing ranges. We learned skills such as field navigation, radio operation, combat first aid, squad tactics and camouflage. We ran alarm drills, simulated a base under attack, combat in urban areas and a uniquely Israeli form of unarmed combat, Krav Maga.

On a higher level, a large part of the program was to show us new ways of looking at the State of Israel. We reenacted the 1967 Battle of Ammunition Hill. We went to the Memorial Day Ceremony at Yad VaShem, where speakers included Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav. We went on long hikes, off the beaten path to see those still-rugged areas of Israel denied to tourists but ideal for training. We had a full day trek up Mount Ardon in the
Ramon Crater, carrying full gear and extra food. By the end of the hike, full of outward-bound camaraderie we felt like we actually had earned the mountain. It was ours, we conquered it with our sweat and our determination.

But the most meaningful part of the ten weeks was not the muscle I built, not even the "chavura" I formed with the others in my unit but rather it was the reaction of Israelis around me. It was the old woman who brought me to the front of the line to buy a train ticket one Friday afternoon. It was the Ben Yehuda shop owner who refused to charge me for the falafel I ordered. It was the rabbi who gave me a blessing, calling me, .Magen Yisrael. Those are the moments that I think of when I’m asked about my time in the Israeli Army. I even chuckle when I think about the tourists who asked to take a picture with me at the Knesset, and I, faking a Sabra dialect, obliged.

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