ISRAEL AT WAR

DAYSTAR'S ON THE GROUND RESPONSE

The Events That Have Shaped
Operation Swords of Iron

Feb 21, 2024

Wednesday, February 21

Knesset opposes unilateral recognition of Palestinian state with 'unprecedented majority'. (Via i24News)

Feb 21, 2024
Feb 20, 2024

Tuesday, February 20

IDF destroys tunnel running north-to-south, arrests terrorist hiding amongst civilians. (Via Jerusalem Post)

Feb 20, 2024
Feb 19, 2024

Monday, February 19

Hamas terrorists posing as doctors arrested in IDF hospital operation (Via Jerusalem Post)

Feb 19, 2024
Feb 16, 2024

Friday, February 16

Israel prepares for Rafah invasion, warns war could continue into Ramadan (Via Jerusalem Post)

Feb 16, 2024
Feb 15, 2024

Thursday, February 15

Israel strikes Lebanon, launches mission to retrieve Gaza hostages’ bodies. (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 15, 2024
Feb 14, 2024

Wednesday, February 14

Several injured as rockets pound northern Israel. (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 14, 2024
Feb 13, 2024

Tuesday, February 13

Israel arrests senior Hamas official in West Bank operation. (Via Jerusalem Post)

Feb 13, 2024
Feb 12, 2024

Monday, February 12

Golden Hand': IDF special forces rescue 2 hostages in 'daring' overnight operation in Rafah (Via i24News)

Feb 12, 2024
Feb 9, 2024

Friday, February 9

IDF Uncovers Hamas rocket launchers near Gaza kindergarten and mosque (Via i24News)

Feb 9, 2024
Feb 8, 2024

Thursday, February 8

IDF soldiers life saved by helmet in West Bank terror shooting. (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 8, 2024
Feb 7, 2024

Wednesday, February 7

IDF finds a dozen hostages caged in Gaza, used by Hamas as human shields (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 7, 2024
Feb 6, 2024

Tuesday, February 6

One fifth of Israeli hostages in Hamas captivity are believed to be dead (Via i24News)
Feb 6, 2024
Feb 5, 2024

Monday, February 5

Hamas signals positive direction in hostage deal decision. (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 5, 2024
Feb 2, 2024

Friday, February 2

Israel defeats Hamas in Khan Yunis, over 10,000 Gaza’s terrorists killed (Via Jerusalem Post)
Feb 2, 2024
Feb 1, 2024

Thursday, February 1

Former Commander of British troops: Israel Defense Forces is the world's most human army (Via EC4I)
Feb 1, 2024
Jan 31, 2024

Wednesday, January 31

Israel tasks military to distribute aid directly to citizens in Gaza. (Via i24 News)

Jan 31, 2024
Jan 30, 2024

Tuesday, January 30

Israel minimizes civilian casualties more than anyone in history. (Via Jerusalem Post)
Jan 30, 2024
Jan 29, 2024

Monday, January 29

UNRWA employed Hamas terrorist, including October 7 hostage taker.  (Via Jerusalem Post)
Jan 29, 2024
Jan 26, 2024

Friday, January 26

Sign of life of three Israeli hostages in new Hamas warefare video. (Via i24 News)
Jan 26, 2024
Jan 24, 2024

Thursday, January 24

Military Strikes Hezbollah airstrip allegedly built by Iran for drone attacks. (Via Times of Israel)
Jan 24, 2024
Dec 3, 2023

Sunday, December 3rd

As of today, a total of 114 hostages have been successfully released, a testament to the impact of your unwavering support and our collective determination. Each released individual represents a milestone, a step closer to bringing them all back home.
Dec 3, 2023
Nov 27, 2023

Monday, November 27th

  • 25 hostages have officially been released after 49 days in captivity in Gaza
  • 13 Israeli and 12 Thai hostages have crossed the Rafah border and reached Egypt
Nov 27, 2023
Nov 14, 2023

Tuesday, November 14th

  • IDF: Ground forces operating in Gaza have directed 5,000 strikes by the Air Force in order to ‘thwart threats in real-time’
  • Iran asks Muslim countries to label the IDF as a ‘terrorist organization’
  • Harir airbase in Iraq said to have been targeted by an armed drone
  • IDF reported eliminating Ahmed Siam, responsible for holding approximately 1000 Gaza residents hostage at the Rantisi Hospital
  • IDF opens evacuation corridors on Saturday, urges residents of Jabalia camp to move southwards 
  • Israeli forces are not firing on al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City but there are clashes with Hamas militants around it (Via i24 English, AP, Twitter)
Nov 14, 2023
Oct 29, 2023

Sunday, October 29th

  • Netanyahu says the Gaza war has entered a new stage and will be ‘long and difficult’ (via AP News)
Oct 29, 2023
Oct 23, 2023

Monday, October 23rd

  • Defense Minister Gallant stated, “We are preparing thoroughly for the next stage – in the air, at sea and on land”. (Via i24 English)
Oct 23, 2023
Oct 22, 2023

Sunday, October 22nd

  • Hamas is preventing Americans and other foreign nationals from exiting the Gaza Strip, US Secretary of Stat Antony Blinken said Sunday. (Via New York Post)
Oct 22, 2023
Oct 21, 2023

Saturday, October 21st

  • More than 2,000 requests have been made to join the IDF and reserves by the Orthodoz sector in Israel. (Via i24 English)
Oct 21, 2023
Oct 20, 2023

Friday, October 20th

  • Following the Hamas’s release of two hostages from Gaza, the US and several governments in Europe are pushing Israel to hold off on launching a ground invasion of Gaza.
Oct 20, 2023
Oct 19, 2023

Thursday, October 19th

  • US warship shoots down missiles from Yemen thought to be heading for Israel
     
    - A US Navy warship takes out three missiles that had been fired from Yemen and were heading north, US officials say.
     
    - The officials say the USS Carney, a Navy destroyer, was in the Red Sea and intercepted the three missiles. It wasn’t immediately certain if they were aimed at Israel, though Hebrew media reports suggested that Israeli defense officials believe that they were. (Via AP)
Oct 19, 2023
Oct 18, 2023

Wednesday, October 18th

  • EU source says data shows 10-50 killed in Gaza hospital explosion, not hundreds as Hamas claimed - report
     
    A report in the French news agency AFP: "While Hamas claimed that 471 people were killed in the explosion at the hospital in Gaza, a source in the European Union said that the number of dead was 10-50 people in total." (Via AFP and i24 English)
     
  • Daystar further aids Israeli citizens by partnering with Aliyah Return Center to provide food vouchers, food parcels, clothing, supplies, lodging for families fleeing from the rockets, barbecues for the soldiers, equipment for the IDF (helmets and leather-man's  for the soldiers at the front). 
Oct 18, 2023
Oct 17, 2023

Tuesday, October 17th

  • Additional updates:
    - Gaza residents offered $250,000 for information on hostage locations
    - IDF: Over 200 Gaza terror groups’ military positions struck in past 24 hours
    - Nearly half a million Israelis are displaced inside the country, according to the IDF (Via i24 English)
  • Daystar helped purchased computers for under privileged kids in order for them to join Zoom classes. The schools in Southern Israel are closed and this will enable them to continue to learn.
Oct 17, 2023
Oct 16, 2023

Monday, October 16th

  • IDF forces perform combined exercises in preparation for ground entry to Gaza (Reference here)
  • Daystar purchases a truck for a specialized army unit that was in need of a vehicle for logistical operations as the unit was being spread to multiple areas in Israel.
Oct 16, 2023
Oct 15, 2023

Sunday, October 15th

  • DF confirms attack on Hezbollah infrastructures in overnight strikes
    -The IDF attacked military infrastructures belonging to the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to a statement made overnight.
    -The strikes came in response to Hezbollah firing into Israeli territory, multiple times on Sunday. (Via i24 English)
  • Daystar sends funds to hospital in ashkelon that's has been Hit twice by rockets. As well as provides food, care packages to families who have lost someone and soldiers on the front lines.
Oct 15, 2023
Oct 14, 2023

Saturday, October 14th

  • Document reportedly left behind by terrorists shows Hamas fighters were instructed to kill civilians The Kan public broadcaster says it uncovered a document left behind by a Hamas terrorist after last Saturday’s onslaught in southern Israel that gives orders to fighters to kill as many civilians as possible in their takeover of the town of Alonim. (Via The Times of Israel)
Oct 14, 2023
Oct 13, 2023

Friday, October 13th

  • Hamas calls for a 'global day of rage'. Calling for Muslims around the world to target Jewish people and Israelis 
  • Daystar purchases essentials comms equipment for multiple IDF units stationed on the border of Israel and Gaza
Oct 13, 2023
Oct 12, 2023

Thursday, October 12th

Daystar works with people on the ground in Israel to set up a commercial kitchen to cook and distribute thousands of meals daily to soldiers and families in need
Oct 12, 2023
Oct 11, 2023

Wednesday, October 11th

  • The death toll from the Hamas attacks confirmed to be 1200+ 
  • Daystar purchases 250 bullet proof vests to be deployed to an elite reservists unit that was called up and did not have necessary equipment for battle
Oct 11, 2023
Oct 10, 2023

Tuesday, October 10th

  • Another 360k reservists are called up 
  • Daystar provides resources for our partners on the ground to bring meals, flashlights, generators and supplies to the communities in the danger zone
Oct 10, 2023
Oct 9, 2023

Monday, October 9th

  • 300k reservists called up into active duty 
  • Communities in southern Israel are relocated to central Israel as the IDF carries out targeted air strikes in Gaza

Oct 9, 2023
Oct 8, 2023

Sunday, October 8th

  • Over 700 Israelis  confirmed murdered by the terrorists 
  • Over 150 Israelis missing and suspected of being kidnapped and taken to Gaza

Oct 8, 2023
Oct 7, 2023

Saturday, October 7th

  • Over 3000 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel
  • Major infiltration by Hamas terrorists in Israel by land, sea and air
  • Israel declares war for the first time since 1973
Oct 7, 2023

Here are the projects Daystar Partners are making possible in Israel

Bullet Proof Vests & Helmets

There is a special unit that is called in from the reserves in south of Israel that is not equipped with bullet proof vests. These vests are vital to give soldiers best odds for survival going into battle. We were able to source 1550 vests and 1700 helmets from Germany and Turkey. There are none left in Israel and these will be delivered by air this week.

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Childcare

Funding activities and childcare for children across the country that have lost family members or have had their parents called into action, from the reserves. Children that have been displaced from their homes.

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Bomb Shelters

Also in use at this time, is the 40 bomb shelters we have purchased over the past couple years. These have been set up in various cities in southern Israel and have all been used to protect Israeli lives over the past week as thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel’s civilian population.

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Medical Supplies and First Aid Kits

Through our on the ground partnership with Vision for Israel we have provided hundreds of medical first aid kits to volunteers and first responders in southern Israel. Also purchased and delivered is hundreds of food packages and blankets.

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Meals and Groceries

Chefs have flown in and we have helped set up commercial kitchens to create and serve hot meals. Thousands of meals, have been served daily to soldiers and hurting families.

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Political Support

As the physical battle is being fought on the ground there is also a political battle going on around the world. Through our partnership with the Israel Allies Foundation, they will be mobilizing a massive campaign through 53 Caucuses around the world. This will keep political support coming to Israel so they have time to accomplish all that needs to be done.

Pray for clarity and wisdom for the leaders in power that will stand with Israel in support as Israel defends her borders.

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Frontline Support

Provided breakfast and water to the communities in the south that needed supplies for the soldiers stationed there. We were also able to bring flashlights, batteries and a generator to help these small communities support the IDF on the front lines.
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Release The Kidnapped Hostages

Daystar joins the Voice for Freedom Coalition as a strategic partner with the primary focus of achieving the immediate and unconditional release of all Israeli hostages. Through our partnership we are launching a massive digital and print campaign across Europe with photos of the kidnapped victims like you see here. These pictures will displayed digitally on buses, subways, trains all around Europe including countries like Germany, France, Spain, Ireland and more.
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IDF Soldier Gear and Essentials

Through our relationships on the ground in Israel Daystar received a request to help 200 soldiers in dire need of some essential items. Daystar was able to swiftly provide; military raincoats, tactical socks, green military hats, headlamps, rubber slippers, underwear, coffee, protein bars, tactical gloves, sleeping bags, neck warmers and army shirts to 200 soldiers in need.
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Humanitarian Aid for Sick Children and Their Families

Daystar partnered with Larger Than Life, Israel’s leading Non-for Profit organization improving the welfare and health children battling with cancer and their families. Our partnership yielded aid to over 120 families. This aid tangibly displayed as we provided transportation for 70 children and their families to meet to doctors in person. With remote doctor sessions scheduled as follow ups. We provided 40 families with food baskets and financial support as basic necessities are becoming more difficult to source. We also provided 28 families with the funds needed to be treated by innovative medications. These medical solutions are not covered by the National Healthcare Insurance, and the families need our support to continue the treatments.
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Haifa Relief Project

With many reserve soldiers called up families in northern city of Haifa have felt great stress and financial uncertainty. Daystar partnered with trusted ministries and non profits in the city of Haifa to provide substantial relief and humanitarian outreach. This included purchasing of satellite phones to help communication during rocket attacks on critical Israeli infrastructure. This way the volunteers can maintain communication as well as soldiers communicating with their families. This northern city is home to many Russian and Ukrainian refugee families, many who have been forced to relocate due to ongoing persecution outside of Israel. Our partnership is providing these new immigrants with hot meals and in some instances shelter and care while they assimilate into Israeli life and culture.

Operation: Refuge

Due to this war, over 500,000 Israelis have now been evacuated from their homes and are currently living in temporary shelters across the country. Especially those who live alongside the border communities next to Gaza and Lebanon.

Many of these displaced families are gripped with fear and uncertainty, not knowing if and when they can return home — and some of them have no homes to return to. Daystar, in partnership with FIRM, has launched Operation: Refuge and is actively helping to host over 1,000 of these displaced Israelis in hotels and communities across the country.

Operation: Refuge provides displaced families with more than just their basic needs —food and shelter — but also creates a vibrant community with activities for children and adults alike to create some sense of normalcy in the midst of a frightening season.

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“I was so grateful to get out of where we were… when we entered the hotel it was such a gift. So amazing. Just to have a safe place. It is the simplest thing but it means the world in this situation when you have nowhere else to go. So we felt very blessed beyond words. Thank you so much Daystar!”
— Jen
“Big, big thanks! Because we are in the hotel, they give us everything. Everything that we have asked for and things that we haven’t asked for they have given us at this hotel. We can’t say thank you enough to Daystar and Daystar Partners.”
— Avi
“It was amazing to come to this place. To see our children run here and be happy. This is, for us, the best thing to see our children smiling with all the things going on in our country. The people here are very nice and they think about us and what can make us happy. Thank you from me and my family and my friends. We don’t have enough words to say thank you! Thank you very much Daystar!”
— Talia
“For us, you are saving us… because we don’t know how many days and how many weeks we are going to be in this situation. I can’t imagine how everything happened so quickly for us to be taken care of.” Thank you so much Daystar and Operation Refuge.
— Roni

Night Vision Goggles

Daystar is funding 25 sets of IDF units. These are very critical since they are fighting in the Winter and the nights are a lot longer here. IDF has an advantage in the evening because we have more night vision goggles than Hamas so by funding these goggles, helps the units inside Gaza to be able to identify the enemy and be more successful in the night operations.
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Shower Units in Gaza

A lot of these soldier units are serving in Gaza where there are no showers or facilities. Many of them are spending days and weeks at a time with no hot showers and we are able to bless them. Up in the Northern Border of Mount Hermon, many of the people there are serving with no showers. One of our partners produces these trucks with hot water tanks and each water site provides water for about 500 soldiers per unit. Daystar is providing about 10 sites all over Gaza and in the North with Golan Heights.

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Raincoats

We have had a lot of rainstorms and since we have many of the reserve soldiers who are serving that don't have the IDF-approved raincoats or wet suits to operate under harsh conditions especially up in the North where it's so cold. These raincoats not only keep the soldiers dry but also warm. Daystar is funding 300 of these raincoats up on the Northern Border.
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