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October 12, 2015 6:51 am

Rabbi-Turned-Designer on Mission to Hang 1,000 Israeli Flags Across South Florida

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One of the many houses in South Florida hanging Israeli flags to show solidarity with Israel. Photo: Provided.

A house in South Florida flying an Israeli flag to show solidarity with the Jewish state. Photo: Courtesy.

A rabbi-turned-designer said he launched a personal campaign to hang 1,000 Israeli flags at homes across South Florida to express solidarity with the Jewish state amidst the wave of terror it is currently facing.

“We want the Israelis to know that here in Florida we support them,” Joseph Waks told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “America in general supports Israel and we have to show them we love them.”

Waks said he came up with the idea last week. On Thursday, the father-of-two posted a video on his Facebook page pitching his mission. Shortly thereafter, he was contacted by people interested in participating.

So far, he claims, 300 Israeli flags have been hung across South Florida, with the first now flying from the home of Simon Falic, chairman of Duty Free Americas.

Waks, who is originally from Australia, said he hopes the idea will spread across the U.S. He said Jewish leaders in other states have contacted him and asked if he would help launch the initiative in their locales. He recently ordered an additional 2,000 flags to distribute.

Waks told The Algemeiner that his initiative has even drawn responses from active duty Israeli soldiers. One soldier stationed in Hebron messaged Waks, saying he had recently been assaulted in a nationalist attack, and found inspiration to move forward in the flag project.

“He said, ‘Your video showing support for Israel has changed my whole perspective. I love you guys. Thank you for keeping me going for another day,'” Waks recalled.

Another solider, who is serving as an IDF Paratroopers commander, told Waks that he showed his entire battalion the video about the initiative. The soldier added, “Proud isn’t the word to describe how we all felt watching it… But I just wanted to tell you I think it’s unbelievable what you’re doing. Keep it up and stop at nothing!”

Waks believes “the American people” are Israel’s best friend, and said the U.S. needs Israel partly because Americans “just need a handle on the Middle East” and the only country they can trust is Israel.

“We have to try to awaken the souls of Floridian Jews,” Waks said, before noting that Florida has one of the largest Jewish communities in the U.S. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t show support. We have so many lone soldiers, people from here in South Florida, who have gone out to fight in Israel and we’re not supporting them in any way, shape or form.”

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  • Truth Teller

    “Rabbi” Waks is a scam artist. He ordered at most 50 flags. He is an opportunist and fraud!! He has scammed many people in teh South Florida area.

  • Sister M. Michele S.C.M.C.

    Excellent idea! Thank you and God bless you, Mr. Waks. I hope and pray that the flag of Israel can be displayed not only in Florida, but throughout the United States, and throughout the entire world to show our solidarity with the all the Jewish people.
    Let us push the positive…let us start with a prayer for success. Perhaps, all people will finally unite for the good of all those everywhere who are being persecuted, treated with indifference or disdain. It must begin somewhere and continue until the world is brought back to some sense of morality, charity, and peace.
    Thank you.
    Sister M. Michele S.C.M.C.

  • I will proudly fly the Israeli flag.Israel is a great country and it will be for many many years to family and friends live their.May hashem keep all the IDF and every Israeli safe.

  • Burt Kopito

    I will purchase an Israel flag and proudly fly it to show support for Isreal

  • Judy Hall

    I believe it would be an even larger show of support of the Jewish nation if they could
    see all Americans, who love Israel, displaying the Jewish flag. Let us live what we believe.

    God bless Israel!

  • Shira Levin

    I want to participate in Rabbi Waks’ initiative. I live
    in Minneapolis Minnesota and have several Israeli flags brought home from pro Israel rallies I’ve participated in.