Belgian 13-year-old takes European media to task, starts Israel advocacy group – In 6 weeks, Gabriel Pais’s videos have gotten tens of thousands of views on his new organization’s Facebook page. His goal: To play outside without the need for a military escort | Timesofisrael
When 13-year-old Gabriel Pais and his friends in Brussels, Belgium, play basketball, their moves aren’t observed only by the referee: The boys are watched by Belgian soldiers and private Israeli security guards. It’s a reality the teen says he’s gotten used to in an era of violent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks worldwide. But for his bar mitzvah project, Pais hopes to change that — which is why he launched YAFI, or Young Advocates for Israel.