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Israel Update: 25 August 2016

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by Hazel Green



A six-year-old girl from Syria who was treated for her wounds and a blood disease in Haifa was discharged on Tuesday after her new Israeli friends held a farewell party. She had arrived at Rambam’s Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital in early February as a small, scared, and wounded child. Once she recovered from the injuries that brought her across the border to Israel, the medical team noted from her blood tests that she suffered from a blood disease that was due to poor bone marrow function. Complex arrangements to find a family bone marrow donor and bring him over to Israel were successful.


IsraAid, the Israeli international aid organization, is sending an eight-person delegation to assist people affected by the flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The storm was the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.,7340,L-4845924,00.html




Mohammad Ka’abiya, 26, a Bedouin from the Galilee, served in an Israel Air Force rescue squadron and is today an international Israel advocate. He says: “I saw how much people lie about Israel, all the time…for me, having served in the IDF and knowing what we really are like, I decided that I wanted to explain it to others.”


There’s no problem with burkas or burkinis on Israel’s beaches – see photo




After a rocket fired from Gaza struck Sderot on Sunday, Israel responded by launching a few missiles and by tank fire – the expected response. Later, Israeli planes launched a second and more forceful attack, pounding Hamas targets with dozens of bombing sorties. On Monday, a senior Israeli military source confirmed that the retaliatory attack was rooted in a new Israeli policy. Every time a rocket is fired at Israel from Gaza, the IDF will increase its fire power against all Hamas targets, assets and infrastructure, and will not respond in a predictable, limited way.


In Sunday night’s bombardment, the IDF struck “key Hamas strategic assets” in the northern Gaza Strip, military sources said Tuesday,




IDF soldiers raided weapons-making facilities in the Hebron and Bethlehem areas early Tuesday, seizing 22 lathes and 54 weapons. Of the weapons seized, 39 were handguns, six were sniper rifles, four were hunting rifles, and one was an air rifle. The raid also confiscated dozens of weapons parts, some of which were made in the factories, and some of which came from Europe.

The IDF suspects that many more such weapons remain in the West Bank.,7340,L-4845176,00.html


An Israeli soldier was lightly injured Wednesday in a stabbing attack, while his attacker was shot dead. The injured soldier was among a group of troops chasing Palestinians who had thrown rocks from their car at passing vehicles.


Last week Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced eleven economic projects for Palestinians in the West Bank including an industrial area west of Nablus, an economic corridor between Jericho and Jordan backed by Japanese funding, a hospital in Beit Sahour (near Bethlehem), and expanded residential construction in approved Palestinian master plans for Kalkilya and other towns and villages. Lieberman said that he saw the projects as a sign that Israel will find ways to reach the Palestinian people directly. And he announced that the Ministry of Defence will open a new Arabic website, designed to inform Palestinians of steps Israel is taking to improve their lives.




Thirteen members of one family died in a single incident for which Israel was blamed. Now painstaking investigations have found that no attack – aerial or otherwise – that could have resulted in a strike on the family as has been alleged was carried out by IDF forces in the area in question, but on the relevant date at the relevant time, and in close proximity to the Siyam family’s residence, terror organizations in the Gaza Strip fired a series of mortars, aimed at the territory of the State of Israel. A number of these launches were “failed launches”, wherein the mortar shells that were aimed at Israeli territory, fell within the territory of the Gaza Strip.The 13 members of the Siyam family and relatives were killed by mortars shot by terror groups that fell short in Rafah.


After detailed investigations, Israeli military prosecutors have cleared Israeli forces of criminal wrongdoing during several other major incidents where civilians were killed in the 2014 Gaza war.




Dr. Amit Goffer, inventor of the bionic walking assistance system ReWalk, which enables paraplegics to stand up straight, walk and climb stairs, is now developing a device that helps quadriplegics, (people paralyzed from their neck down) to stand and be mobile. His company UPnRIDE’s solution is a mobility device, a wheelchair which brings quadriplegics from a sitting to an upright position.



A company in Israel has developed a new 3D-imaging sensor that can let you see inside walls using your smartphone. Walabot looks into cement and drywall to detect wires, pipes and studs, and can even detect movement behind walls.


An Israeli company HomeBiogas has developed a method of transforming home organic waste into cooking gas.


China opened the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge last weekend, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.The bridge is 6 meters (20 feet) wide, 430 meters (1,410 feet) long, and hangs 300 meters (1,000 feet) high above a ravine in Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan province.




Students at Leipzig University in Germany passed a resolution this month “to condemn the anti-Semitic BDS campaign” and “against anti-Semitic measures such as disinviting Israeli academics.”


The California legislature last week passed a bill barring all state bodies, including universities, from maintaining ties with organizations that support anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions activities.


New York Mayor De Blasio denounced the Israel-Boycott Movement as not ” Consistent with Progressive Values”




Following the Israel-Turkey reconciliation agreement, business ties with Turkey, especially in the area of energy, are taking off with the arrival of a delegation of Turkish businessmen including energy executives,7340,L-4846159,00.html


The United Nations acquired goods and services from Israel totalling $91.8 million in 2015, double the $45 million spent on Israeli products in 2013. Israeli goods purchased by the UN include medical equipment, fuel and lubricants, IT and communications equipment, laboratory and testing equipment, domestic appliances, and electronics.




American keyboard great Chick Corea will play at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat this coming weekend alongside local musicians.




JOSH HASTEN: The town of Susiya, a small, ancient and historical Jewish community in the Southern Hebron Hills in the West Bank, has recently been making its way to the top of the news cycle as attention is being given to “Arab Susiya,” an illegal encampment built on state land adjacent to a 1,500-year-old Jewish historical site.
 To put it bluntly, “Arab Susiya” is a complete fabrication. Surveys by the British Mandatory powers in 1945, which mention all of the villages in the area, prove there is no hint of the existence of an Arab village named Susiya. Aerial photos as recently as 1999 show nothing resembling a village in that area. The squatters are mainly from the Nawajah family who reside in the nearby town of Yatta. If they are removed, they will not be left homeless. They can simply go home to Yatta or to an alternate area offered by Israel on state land adjacent to Yatta.

Israel Update: 18 August 2016

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by Hazel Green


22 children from Jerusalem have travelled to Brazil as part of an initiative called Goal for Peace, a collaboration between the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and The Equalizer Programme, an Israel-based NGO that uses football to educate disadvantaged children aged between nine and 14 and help create bonds regardless of faith…the 11 Arab and 11 Jewish children played in mixed teams during a series of exhibition matches and the group attended Olympic judo in Rio. Read more

For Your Calendar

We have a busy few months ahead of us and are pleased to be able to offer a range of events and activities to suit all the family.
As advertised, on Tuesday 13th September we welcome acclaimed Jewish chef and author of multiple cookbooks Denise Phillips to our synagogue for a demonstration and four course tasting experience.

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Israel Update:11 August 2016

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by Hazel Green


Israel has alleged that humanitarian aid donated (by World Vision) for the residents of the Gaza Strip was given almost exclusively to Hamas terrorists and their families. Every month, El-Halabi distributed thousands of packages of food, basic commodities and medical supplies to Hamas terrorists and their families, commodities that World Vision had intended to go to the needy. Read more

Israel Update:4 August 2016

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by Hazel Green


After years of refusing requests by widows of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics, a ceremony including a minute’s silence was held on Wednesday at the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who read out the names of the Israeli victims.,7340,L-4837148,00.html

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Israel Update: 28 July 2016

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by Hazel Green


The UK is funding two programmes promoting cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian scientists on water and medical research.

The Stream programme finances joint studies by Israeli, Palestinian, and UK researchers on water problems and joint studies by Israelis with residents of Arab countries all over the Middle East and North Africa….The Growth programme provides UK funding to enable academics from universities in the Palestinian Authority to learn in advanced study programmes in laboratories in Israel in water technologies and medicine.  Read more

What’s Going On in South London?

The August 2016 editions from South London Jewish Services are now available:

  • What’s On in South London for Adults
  • What’s On for Babies, Children & Teenagers
  • Kosher Food Supplies

This website also has information on:

  • Private Care Agencies
  • Red Cross Care in the home
  • Our Service Leaflet

Israel Update: 21 July 2016

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by Hazel Green


Atlanta (Georgia, USA) Mayor Kasim Reed rejected a demand to stop his police officers training with the Israeli police force saying: “I happen to believe that the Israeli Police Department has some of the best counter-terrorism techniques in the world and it benefits our police department from that long-standing relationship.” Read more


Israel Update: 13 July 2016

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by Hazel Green


A State Department grant intended to rally support for peace between Israel and the Palestinians also helped set up political infrastructure that was later used for a campaign opposing Israeli P.M. Netanyahu in 2015, according to a bipartisan Senate investigative report released on Tuesday. In releasing the report, Senator Rob Portman criticized the State Department for lax oversight and for undermining a U.S. ally.  Read more

Israel Update: 7 July 2016

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by Hazel Green


Since September 13, 2015, 40 innocent people have been killed in Israel in Palestinian terrorist attacks (including a Palestinian, two Americans and an Eritrean), and 511 wounded. There have been 155 stabbing attacks and 76 attempted stabbings; 96 shootings; 45 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one bus bombing.

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