Monthly Archives: December 2008

Standing with Israel!

This Sunday, January 4th, join thousands of people worldwide in watching QASSAM, the powerful movie about people in Sderot, and share in their experiences over the past 8 years!

Your virtual movie ticket helps support organizations that support the people of Israel…and in particular the residents of the Southern communities most affected by rocket barrages.

Order your virtual movie ticket today: http://israelwecare.weebly.com

Invite others to participate and help lift the spirits of those in their time of need. 

This event is being sponsored by 12Tribe Films FoundationsStanding TogetherSderot Media Center and the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva. To have your organization added as a sponsoring organization contact avi at 12tribefilms dot org.

The world today is mostly focused on criticizing Israel for it’s attack on the terrorist forces in Gaza. Instead of criticizing Israel, the world should be asking what took Israel so long to respond to the 8 years of rocket attacks on its civilian population! Now is the time for us to show as much support and understanding for Israel as possible.

The time has come to better understand who these people are and what they have been experiencing. Now we should all take the opportunity to show the Israeli people that we care.

This Sunday, everyone will have a chance to show the poeple of Israel that they care!

Order your virtual movie ticket today: http://israelwecare.weebly.com

Any reporters interested in more information can contact avi at 12tribefilms dot org

In the meantime, here is the trailer.

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CNN Coverage: A Different Point of View of Israel’s Settler Movement

That is the Headline of the CNN coverage  on “Hill 769” broadcast tonight worldwide.
I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video onto my blog so you can see the video Here:
Please let us know what you think of the coverage by posting your comments below.
If you are able, please feel free to embed this video on your site as well to help gain exposure for this important TV series.
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Hill 769 – Connecting to our Roots

Israelis deserve to see television which connects them to their heritage.

They deserve to the land where their incredible history took place

They deserve a chance to see the beauty of their land

They deserve a chance to meet the incredible people who are willing to sacrifice everything they have for their people.

We will give Israelis a chance to reconnect to their roots

 

The land, the people, the history, archeology, the music, the spirituality, but mostly the incredible human drama and stories which takes place there.

To sign up for more information about the online TV series: www.12tribefilms.org/hill769 

 

Opposite all the incitement

We want to tell the real story about what is happening in Yesha

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לראשונה – סדרת טלוויזיה המבוססת ביש”ע

 

  סדרת הטלוויזיה הראשונה המתבססת על אירועים אקטואליים ביהודה ושומרון צפויה לעלות לשידור החודש. הסדרה,גבעה 769, מתרחשת במאחז דמיוני בהרי שומרון ומככבים בה שחקנים מקומיים. שלושת הפרקים הראשונים של הסדרה כבר הופקו והשאר בדרך


בימאי הסדרה הוא הירושלמי יחזקאל לנג, בוגר בית הספר לקולנוע “מעלה” ובית הספר למשחק “ניסן נתיב”. “יש”ע מעניק מטמון אמיתי של סיפורת מרתקת, החל מההיסטוריה התנ”כית והרוחנית העמוקה של האזור ועד לחזרה בימינו ולמאבק להחזיק באדמה בפני התנגדות עצומה. יש כאן כל כך הרבה דרמה אנושית טבעית המתרחשת באזור שאני מתפלא איך לא חשבו על זה קודם” אומר לנג. “התכנית מיועדת להיות שילוב מעניין של ז’אנרים שונים: דרמה ופעולה עם מנה גדושה של הומור

 

“לדעתי אנשים התעייפו מחיקויים הוליוודיים היוצאים מתל אביב ומחפשים משהו יהודי יותר, ישראלי יותר” ממשיך לנג. “אני מאמין שאנשים רוצים תרבות שתחבר אותם לשורשים שלהם במקום להרחיק אותם מהם ואת זה אנחנו שאופים לספק. אנו מקווים שהסדרה תיתן לאנשים הזדמנות להיפגש עם ההיסטוריה שלהם, עם ארצם ועם הירושה הרוחני  שלהם. אנחנו מתרגשים להביא קול חדש ושונה לנוף התרבות הישראלית”

 “לאור ההתקפות המתגברות של התקשורת נגד תושבי יהודה ושומרון לדעתי תזמון הסדרה הוא מתאים מתמיד. אך כל העבודה הזו דורשת הרבה כסף. אני מקווה כי יש נדבנים יהודים המכירים בחשיבות האפשרות לקולות אלטרנטיביים בתקשורת הישראלית המוכנים לתת ממשאביהם לקידום פרויקט חשוב זה.”

 הסדרה תשודר ההל מדצמבר 4 כשפרק נוסף ישודר כל 7 ימים

להירשם לקבל עדכונים על הסדרה

www.12tribefilms.org/769 

למידע נוסף

 

אבי אבלו                                                   יחזקאל לנג

                   hezy13@neto.net.il                      avi@12tribefilms.org

קרן 12 השבטים תומכת ביוצרים של פרויקטים יצירתיים ברוח יהודית אודות העם היהודי ומדינת ישראל כדי לחזק את הקשר בין הציבור הישראלי לעם שלנו ומולדת שלנו

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First Ever Television Series Based in Yesha

 

(Jerusalem, Dec. 2nd, 2008) – The first online television series ever to be based on current events in Judea and Samaria is to be launched this month. The show, called Hill 769, takes place in an imaginary outpost in the Samarian Mountains and stars actors from Samaria itself. The first three episodes of the series have already been produced and more are on the way.

 

 

Jerusalemite Yehezkel Laing, a graduate of the Maaleh Film School and Nissan Nativ Acting School, is the director of the series. “From the deep Biblical and spiritual history of the area to the present day return and struggle to hold on to the land in the face of massive opposition, Yesha provides a virtual goldmine of exciting storytelling.  There is so much natural human drama that takes here I am surprised no one thought of it before,” says Laing. “The show intends to be an interesting combination of many genres: drama and action with a heavy dose of humor.”

 

“I think people are tired of the Hollywood imitations coming out of Tel Aviv and are looking for something more Jewish, more Israeli,” says Laing. “I believe people want culture which connects them to their roots instead of alienates them from them it and that is what we hope to provide. We are excited to bring a new and different voice to the Israeli entertainment scene.” The series will be broadcast on the Arutz Sheva website with a new episode appearing every seven days.

 

“In light of the increasing media attacks against the residents of Judea and Samaria I think this project is timelier than ever. But all this work requires a lot of money. I hope there are Jewish philanthropists out there who recognize the importance of providing alternative voices in the Israeli media who will lend their resources to forwarding this important project.

Click here to sign up for updates about this new online show

 

For more information:

Avi Abelow                                           Yechezkel Laing

avi@12tribefilms.org                             hezy13@neto.net.il

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Full News Release: OPERATION REBUILD LAUNCHED TO RAISE FUNDS TO REBUILD ISRAELI COMMUNITY

12Tribe Films Foundations Launches Special Project to Help Former Gush Katif Residents Restore Their Dignity

 

 NEW YORK, NY Jan. 1, 2008:  12Tribe Films Foundations is now launching Operation Rebuild to help raise funds to rebuild the community of Netzer Hazani documented in the movie “Home Game”. 12Tribe Films Foundation is a “For Impact” not for-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness and raising funds by promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire.  

More than 2 years have passed since the former residents of Gush Katif were removed from their homes, yet they still live in temporary caravans not knowing when they will move into their new homes that have yet to be built.

Last week the Gush Katif Residents Committee released its latest report on the state of the families removed from their homes during the Disengagement of 2005. The starkest finding: 85% of the expellees are still, 28 months later, living in temporary quarters.
MK Ze’ev Elkin (Kadima) proposed legislation in July 2007 that would require the government to speed up the process and complete all preparations for permanent housing within a year.  He proposed the bill, Elkin explained, “in light of the government forecast that at this rate, 75% of the expellees will move into their new homes within 2.5 years from now, or 4.5 years from the expulsion.  This is of course unacceptable.” 

Elkin’s bill was jointly sponsored with MKs Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Zevulun Orlev (Ichud Leumi), Amira Dotan (Kadima) and others, and was supported by no fewer than 65 Knesset Members.

Almost a half a year has passed and still little work has been done.

The community of Netzer Hazani, the first civilian town established in Gush Katif in 1976, is currently living in the interim small caravan site of Ein Tzurim, just south of Kiryat Malachi, after first spending 11 months in temporary hotels and youth hostels. 

Still today the farmers of Netzer Hazani have not received land to rebuild their homes or reestablish their agricultural businesses. Some of the farmers, most of whom have not yet received full compensation, have in the interim taken on minimal paying jobs while others are still unemployed.  

“All we want to do is go on with our lives, move into real homes and return to being productive citizens” said Anita Tucker, spokeswomen for the community and also known as the famous Gush Katif celery farmer. “We just want our dignity returned to us. The most important thing to spearhead this process is the rebuilding of our community.” 

According to an official Israel Government decision the community of Netzer Hazani is to be relocated and built anew in a permanent community site adjacent to Moshav Yesodot, part of the Nachal Sorek Regional Council. The rebuilding project of their new community costs a total of $32 million and so far $30 million has been allocated – $15 million from the government and $15 million from the Netzer Hazani residents’ compensation funds. $2 million still remains to be raised in order for the government to sign the agreement to begin the rebuilding project for the Netzer Hazani community.

“Operation Rebuild” is a special project where community centers, synagogues, schools or even individuals can organize special screenings of “Home Game” the movie as fundraising events to help raise the money necessary for the community of Netzer Hazani to receive the government approval necessary to rebuild. In this way every synagogue, school or individual can have a part in helping rebuild a community in Israel as well as help former residents of Gush Katif have their dignity restored. 

The Netzer Hazani community was a farming community. Their farmers were a staple of the 350 family agricultural industry in Gush Katif that represented some 10% of all agricultural produce raised in Israel; accounting for 65% of Israel’s organic export industry; 90% of Israel’s bug-free leafy vegetables; 45% of tomato exports and 95% of Israel’s cherry tomato exports and 60% of Israel’s herb exports.  

Gush Katif farmers employed 5,000 Jews and 5,000 Palestinians; Gush Katif hot houses covered an estimated 900-1,000 acres and were estimated to be worth over $80 million with total annual revenues around $60-70 million. (Statistics taken from the Jewish Agency website). To this day only a handful of the 350 farming families have been able to return to be productive farmers. 

Taking part in Operation Rebuild is a chesed (charity) project worthy of every community since it gives once productive members of Israeli society the ability to re-establish themselves and become active contributing members once again.  

“Home Game” has become known throughout the Jewish world as a captivating new film that encapsulates the surreal story of normal teenagers trying to continue an annual basketball tournament during a very abnormal summer in Israel – the summer of 2005 during the disengagement from Gaza.  This powerful film emphasizes the journey of these teenagers and their determination to win against all odds, both on and off the court. 

To see the Home Game trailer see our website: http://www.12tribefilms.org/project.php?id=1  

For additional information about taking part in “Operation Rebuild” or inquiries about donating towards this effort please send an email to avi@12tribefilms.org 

ABOUT 12TRIBE FILMS FOUNDATION:  12Tribe Films Foundation (“12Tribe Films”) is a “For Impact” not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire.  While the projects of 12Tribe Films address religious, political, sociological, and current events effecting Israel and the Jewish people, our goal is to be an informative and educational resource that focuses on the underlying Jewish values and human experiences beneath the issues. 

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Contact:Avi Abelow

12Tribe Films Foundation

avi@12tribefilms.org 

Website:  www.12tribefilms.org

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