June 28, 2012
Stemming the tide of terrorism one vest at a time
In a small parlor meeting in Cedarhurst, a leader of a grassroots organization committed to helping civilians in Judea and Samaria explained his cause to a group of thirty intent listeners, delineating the history of Israel’s current precarious security situation and decrying the lack of awareness and support.
“No one is writing about it,” said Israel Danziger, director of operations of Mishmeret Yesha. “No one is speaking about it. We are taking for granted that whatever is there is still going to be there. Maybe the State of Israel won’t be there. Those maybes are real. Many things are going on day in day out.”
Danziger spoke at a late Melave Malka in the home of Leah and Efrem Schnoll attended by local activists, including Cedarhurst Village trustee Myrna Zisman and her husband Leibel. It was jointly sponsored by the friends and neighbors of Maple Avenue and Gourmet Glatt.
Mishmeret Yesha, MY, an organization that is principally involved in security related projects, has been around for 24 years, since 1988 and the first “Intifada,” said Israel Danziger. Their work involves training and equipping Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) or volunteer anti-terrorist (SWAT) response units, in Yehuda and Shomron, to protect and respond to any attacks on their communities and institutions there. They work in cooperation with the IDF, but are usually there first, being in their own town and thus able to respond before the IDF is called and arrives.