Israel Update: 18 October 2017

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TO MY READERS

For the past few weeks Israel & the Jewish world have been celebrating seasonal religious holidays ending last weekend. 

Many things, this Update included, have been postponed until “Acharei HaChagim – After the holidays.” 

 

A VOICE FROM EAST JERUSALEM

In a TV interview a Palestinian Leader in East Jerusalem said: “We Want to be Under Israel, Not the PA”. Ramadan Dubash, the Muktar of a village in East Jerusalem, has come out in no uncertain terms regarding what he personally, as well as “90%” of his people, want. Short video 1 min.14 secs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRpDGA_ZAtM

 

SUKKOT (TABERNACLES) CO-OPERATION & CO-EXISTENCE

A year after a similar event landed four Palestinians in a P.A. jail, over 30 Palestinians joined dozens of Israelis as guests at the sukka of Efrat mayor Oded Revivi “to celebrate coexistence.” The Palestinian participants were not identified in order to protect them from any backlash by PA authorities. They were described in a press release as “local Palestinian leaders from half a dozen local cities and towns.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-of-palestinians-visit-efrat-mayors-sukkah-in-reconciliation-event/

 

20,000 date palm fronds arrived in Israel from Gaza for use in a traditional Jewish religious ritual during the Sukkot  (Tabernacles) holiday. The local Israeli District Coordination and Liaison Office (DCO) arranged with Palestinian Authority officials for the shipment to arrive through the Kerem Shalom border crossing

https://www.timesofisrael.com/20000-gazan-lulavs-arrive-in-israel/

SYRIA

Reportedly, the Russian Defence Minister has told Israel that Moscow has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border, where Iranian and Hezbollah forces will not be allowed to enter.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Russia-agrees-to-move-Iran-Hezbollah-forces-away-from-Israeli-border-507727

 

Earlier this week, Syria had launched a surface-to-air missile towards Israeli Air Force planes. In response, the I.A.F. attacked the Syrian missile battery.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5029195,00.html

 

An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war. The hospital, which has extensive experience treating wounded Syrians (over 1,000 in the past 4 years), reports that one out of every three Syrian children examined by its staff suffers from hearing loss.

https://www.jta.org/2017/10/10/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/israeli-hospital-gets-grant-to-help-syrian-refugee-kids-with-hearing-loss

COUNTER TERRORISM

Israeli Defence Ministry Crossing Authority agents recently uncovered a shipment of military-style boots bound for the Gaza Strip that had been hidden inside colorful, cartoon-adorned slippers. Thousands of olive green, black and camouflage army boots were sewn inside bedroom slippers decorated with various “emojis”.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-hamas-tried-to-smuggle-army-boots-to-gaza-in-shipment-of-slippers/

Israel Border Policemen and the Israel Military Police arrested a 17-year-old Palestinian attempting to enter the Samaria Military Court while carrying in his underwear an explosive device.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5028835,00.html

A Palestinian man who ran at IDF soldiers with a knife was shot and taken to hospital.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-man-shot-after-running-at-soldiers-with-knife-in-west-bank/

ATTACKS

The recent murder of a Jewish man Reuven Schmerling (just before his 70th birthday) in the Arab Israeli city of Kafr Qassem, Wednesday was a terror attack according to Israel’s security agency. Two Palestinian Arabs have been arrested.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shin-bet-murder-of-jewish-man-in-arab-city-was-terrorism-2-arrested/

An Arab man was arrested Sunday after he injured himself throwing a Molotov cocktail at security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of A-Tur. His injury was treated prior to his arrest.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/east-jerusalem-man-arrested-for-attempted-molotov-cocktail-attack/

A rocket recently fired from Gaza towards Israel fell short and exploded within the Gaza Strip. In response, the IDF struck a Hamas target in Gaza.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israel-strikes-Hamas-target-after-rocket-fired-from-Gaza-506996

 

Two rockets were fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula toward communities in southern Israel on Sunday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.817395

UNHCR

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader, slammed the Palestinian Authority for its human rights abuses at the UN Human Rights Council headquarters in Geneva recently. He said the PA and its security forces “kidnap Palestinian students from campus and torture them in your jails. You torture your political rivals. The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests. You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people. If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame.”… “Finally, you use this platform to mislead the international community, and to mislead Palestinian society to believe that Israel is responsible for the problems you create.” (see embedded video)

https://www.unwatch.org/u-n-clash-son-hamas-chief-calls-pa-enemy-palestinian-people/

BELGIUM

The Belgian government is suspending any efforts to construct or furnish Palestinian schools, after one built with Brussels’ aid was renamed in honour of a mass-murdering terrorist. The school’s controversial name pays homage to Dalal Mughrabi, who led a massacre of 38 people — including 13 children — near Tel Aviv in 1978

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/07/belgium-suspends-pa-construction-projects-after-palestinian-school-renamed-for-notorious-terrorist/

DEFENCE

The U.S. Army will install the Israeli Trophy active protection system on some M1A2 Abrams tanks in response to the proliferation of guided anti-tank missiles among insurgent and terrorist groups.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/14748/us-army-buys-israeli-trophy-system-so-its-tanks-can-blast-incoming-projectiles

PUERTO RICO

Israeli technology that captures humidity to supply potable water out of the air will be sent to Puerto Rico by the Israeli government in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/waterandwaste/israeli-technology-to-help-puerto-rico-deal-with-post-hurricane-water-scarcity/

Despite the hurricane which wrecked their dance studio, the Soler family made their annual pilgrimage to Israel where they joined tens of thousands of Christians from around the world who visit Israel every year for the Feast of Tabernacles

https://www.timesofisrael.com/not-even-hurricanes-can-keep-puerto-rican-pilgrims-from-dancing-in-israel/

 

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

 

Haifa-based startup Healthymize has developed a fully automated, cloud-hosted, artificial intelligence-based app technology to monitor voice patterns in patients affected by a range of health problems, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure and mental diseases. The technology is now set to undergo trials internationally.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/druze-jewish-startup-taps-phone-calls-to-monitor-speakers-health/

 

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

 

Israel Medical Association chairman Prof. Leonid Eidelman was elected president of the World Medical Association (WMA) at its annual meeting in Chicago. He manages the anesthesiology department at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus in Petah Tikva.

http://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-doctor-elected-head-of-World-Medical-Association-507585

 

An Israeli representative was elected by the UN General Assembly Tuesday to its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) as the candidate of the Western European and Others (WEOG) regional group.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/overcoming-opposition-israel-elected-to-un-space-committee/

 

MOTOR SPORT

Israel’s Alon Day made local motor sport history on Sunday, clinching the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series championship in Zolder, Belgium.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sports/Israeli-Day-notches-NASCAR-Euro-championship-507522

OTHER SPORT

Three Israeli judokas won gold medals in their respective weight classes recently at the Tashkent Grand Prix.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/3-israeli-judokas-take-gold-at-tashkent-grand-prix/

Artem Dolgopyat became only the second Israeli to win a medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, taking a silver in the floor final in Montreal, Canada.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sports/Israels-Dolgopyat-takes-silver-in-gymnastics-Worlds-506879

 

Israel denounced a decision by the organizers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam preventing its 12 judokas from wearing “ISR” on their uniforms and the playing of their national anthem if they win at this month’s tournament

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-says-judo-team-barred-wearing-national-emblems-133855300–spt.html

ARCHAEOLOGY

Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for 1,700 years. And in the course of their work, they unexpectedly discovered a small Roman theatre. https://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-section-of-western-wall-and-roman-theater-uncovered-after-1700-years/

TOURISM

From the Daily Telegraph travel section: The Mediterranean country you’d never thought to visit (but really should)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/middle-east/israel/articles/reasons-to-visit-israel-mediterranean-holidays/

COMMENT & OPINION

Lt.-Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi and Christina Hen: During the past 11 years, Hezbollah has significantly improved its military capabilities in UNIFIL’s area of operation. According to Israeli assessments, 40,000 to 50,000 rockets targeting Israel are hidden inside or under the Shi’ite villages in southern Lebanon by Hizbullah in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. This 2006 resolution called for the establishment of an “area free of any armed personnel, assets, and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and UNIFIL” in southern Lebanon.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Is-there-a-new-UNIFIL-507300

 

Ben-Dror Yemini: On Sunday, a delegation of young Israeli Arabs joined the battle against the apartheid lie and the BDS libels. Such a delegation—on behalf of Reservists on Duty, an organization which is already active on US campuses—is definitely a refreshing change, which sparks not only curious and sympathetic reactions but also threats and a smear campaign. One of the delegation members was forced to leave his home, and another member nearly quit following the pressure.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5029153,00.html