October 16, 2023
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"The Horror": Israeli Collecting Corpses near Gaza (AFP)
Yossi Landau, 55, has spent decades collecting corpses in Israel, but he almost reached his breaking point recovering the remains of people killed by Hamas in the country's deadliest assault.
He has 33 years of experience volunteering for Zaka, an organization which recovers the bodies of people who suffered unnatural deaths.
"A piece of road that should've taken 15 minutes, it took us 11 hours because we went and picked up everyone, put them in a bag," he said.
After he reached Kibbutz Beeri, "I felt that I'm falling apart, not only me, my whole crew," he recalled, after entering the first home and finding a dead woman.
"Her stomach was ripped open, a baby was there, still connected with the cord, and stabbed."
He said he saw multiple civilians, including around 20 children, who had their hands tied behind their backs before being shot and torched.
"We saw some victims positioned that they were sexually abused." More than 100 people were killed in the kibbutz.
Confirming the Worst Hamas Atrocities - Ido Efrati (Ha'aretz)
The victims of the horrors carried out by Hamas in the communities near Gaza are sent to the Rabbinate center for the identification of the dead near Ramle.
According to the people involved in handling the bodies, Prime Minister Netanyahu's description of beheaded babies is accurate.
Benny Schechter, a volunteer for Zaka, said, "Some of the bodies are in a very bad state. They weren't just shot dead. Some are very hard to identify because they were burned. In some cases, you find the body and head separately."
The world needs to understand that the descriptions voiced by Israel's leaders aren't exaggerated, said IDF international spokesman Lt.-Col. Richard Hecht.
A Developing Humanitarian Issue: Israeli Refugees from Hamas Terror - Irwin J. (Yitzchak) Mansdorf, PhD (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
The recent Hamas massacres have created thousands of Israeli civilian refugees, displaced from their homes, places of work, schools, and communities.
Short-term support issues are being addressed by a wide citizen-based volunteer network.
Many of the refugees are survivors of the deadly attacks on their communities and were under direct threat of death for hours. Many have family members who have been killed or kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
All of the refugees have experienced many years of aggression from Gaza, including thousands of missile attacks which had a significant psychological effect.
No international body is providing humanitarian assistance to Israel or to the refugees created by the Hamas massacre and threatened Hizbullah action.
The writer is a clinical psychologist and a fellow at the Jerusalem Center, specializing in political psychology.
Israel Restores Water Supply to Southern Gaza - Amy Spiro (Times of Israel)
Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz confirmed on Sunday that water would begin to flow again from Israel to the southern part of Gaza - which Israel has urged residents to flee to in recent days.
"The decision to restart water to the south of the Gaza Strip was agreed upon between Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Biden, and will push the civilian population to the southern part of the Strip," Katz said.
Video: Hamas Terrorists Inside an Israeli Community - Danielle Greyman-Kennard (Jerusalem Post)
The IDF has shared a video recorded by a Hamas terrorist operating inside an Israeli community.
It ends with the terrorist being neutralized by Israeli security forces.
Video: IDF Helicopter Gunships Hit Hamas Terrorists on Oct. 7 - Emanuel Fabian (Times of Israel)
The IDF published video of helicopter gunships striking Hamas terrorists as they streamed across the border from Gaza on Oct. 7.
The video shows missiles hitting cars, trucks, motorcycles and people on foot as pilots report hundreds of gunmen sweeping into Israel.
To Hamas, All Citizens Are Targets, Say Arab Israelis - Gianluca Pacchiani (Times of Israel)
Arab Israelis were gunned down by Hamas terrorists or killed by Hamas rockets.
Awad Darawshe, 23, an Arab Israeli paramedic, arrived at the scene of the Hamas massacre at a music festival near Gaza on Oct. 7 to treat the wounded. He was killed by Hamas terrorists, who stole his ambulance and drove it into Gaza.
Jamal Alkirnawi, a social activist from the Bedouin city of Rahat, said: "We are heartbroken. Those who were slaughtered were our friends and neighbors. We have good relations with the Jewish communities along the Gaza border. Many Rahat residents work in agriculture in the kibbutzim. Some of them were killed in the fields on Oct. 7."
Alkirnawi put the number of Bedouins killed during the war at 18, of which at least five were from Rahat. In one village, "a family of four was directly hit by a Hamas rocket and died instantly."
We Interviewed Them Six Months Ago. Last Week Hamas Murdered Them - Kenan Reuveni (Ha'aretz)
Six months ago, we received a letter from a reader: "You all should speak with my grandmother, Bilha Yinon of Moshav Netiv HaAsara, who turned the reinforced shelter in her and my grandfather's house into a place full of optimism and hope," wrote her granddaughter, Mai Avgon.
We did, and we took pictures and published the interview with Bilha and Yaakobi Yinon, 75 and 78 years old respectively, under the headline, "Our home is 500 meters from the border fence with Gaza, and when it's quiet, it's heaven on earth."
On Sunday, their daughter Mai wrote me: "My grandfather and grandmother were killed yesterday. The home was burned down with them inside."
From Carpark to World's Largest Underground Hospital in 30 Hours - Joris Fioriti (AFP)
In 30 hours last week, staff transformed the level three basement carpark at Haifa's Rambam hospital into a huge underground hospital, equipped with 1,300 beds, complete with fittings for oxygen, medical and sanitary supplies.
"The facility has three floors....On regular days, it is a parking lot and in emergency, it becomes the biggest underground hospital in the world with 2,000 beds," said Michael Halberthal, director general of the hospital.
Work was ongoing in basement level two, where 700 beds will be installed. Basement level one could be turned into a decontamination room and a triage area in case of a chemical attack.
The hospital also has food, petrol, oxygen and medical supplies enabling it to be self-sufficient for three days.
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