Israel Update: 25 August 2016
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.
MINORITIES IN ISRAEL
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,
THE WEST BANK
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.
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.
AFTERMATH OF 2014 GAZA WAR
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
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.
COMMENT & OPINION
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.