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Israel Update: 14 September 2017

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INTERNATIONAL AID (CONTINUED)

Florida, Mexico, Haiti & the Caribbean.

As at last Sunday, 10 September, Israeli humanitarian-aid groups were already on their way to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Three teams of volunteers from IsraAID, ZAKA Search and Rescue, and the Israel Rescue Coalition, all of whom rushed to help in the aftermath of last week’s Hurricane Harvey in Texas, were travelling to Florida to help. Other Israeli aid teams were heading to Mexico, which was hit by a deadly earthquake on Thursday, and are offering aid to communities in Haiti and the Caribbean also devastated by Irma.

https://www.israel21c.org/israel-rushes-significant-aid-overseas-in-week-of-world-disasters/

 

A 12-member Israeli team flew out to the area in southern Mexico affected by a massive earthquake. They were equipped with high-tech gear for searching for people trapped under rubble.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-prepares-to-send-aid-to-earthquake-struck-mexico/

LATIN AMERICA

Benyamin Netanyahu is the first Israeli Prime Minister to make an official tour of Latin America. After visiting Buenos Aires, the P.M. was in Bogota where Columbian President Santos thanked Israel for its help in  defusing landmines. After a 52-year civil war that ended in November 2016, Colombia has the second highest number of landmines, after Afghanistan. In September, Israel’s National Mine Action Authority hosted eight Colombians for a week-long workshop on mine-clearing procedures. Netanyahu and Santos also signed a tourism cooperation agreement

https://www.timesofisrael.com/colombian-president-thanks-netanyahu-for-israeli-help-clearing-landmines/

 

SYRIA

Dozens of Syrian civilians have written letters of gratitude to Israel and the IDF for establishing field hospitals on its northern border which provided, and continue to provide, medical care to numerous victims wounded in the country’s ongoing violent civil war. These Syrians expressed their appreciation for the IDF’s medical care, saying it has strengthened their yearning for peace &  undermined indoctrination of Israel as an enemy; One typical quote: ‘To all Syrians who say Israel is the enemy, I say that you are liars. Israel is our friend.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5014499,00.html

COUNTER TERRORISM

A Palestinian man brandishing a knife who tried to carry out a stabbing attack on Wednesday at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment after being shot and wounded. The attack came a day after Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian teenager carrying a knife at a checkpoint in Hebron, the third such incident in the city over the past week. Last Friday, a Palestinian man was arrested there when he was discovered to be hiding a knife on his person, while last Wednesday Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian teenager after finding a knife in his possession.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/attempted-stabbing-thwarted-near-hebron-attacker-shot/

 

The head of the Israel Security Agency, told the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday that in July and August the agency had prevented 70 terror attacks, and that since the beginning of the year it had thwarted 200 terror attacks including suicide bombings, shootings and kidnappings

https://www.timesofisrael.com/shin-bet-temple-mount-crisis-sparked-huge-increase-in-attack-attempts/

CYBER SECURITY

 

Top UK banks, insurers and telecom companies have been seeking cyber security solutions from Israel this week, as part of an effort by the British Government to protect companies and institutions from cyber attacks. 12 leading Israeli cyber security startups have been hosted in London at a series of targeted events as part of TeXchange, a programme by the British Embassy in Israel.

http://www.ukisraelhub.com/event/texchange-2017/

 

SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

A rehabilitative technology called BalanceTutor developed in Israel has been adopted by the Real Sociedad football (soccer) team in Spain.  BalanceTutor was originally designed for seniors and individuals who had suffered a stroke, to help get them walking safely again and train them to prevent future falls.

https://www.israel21c.org/real-sociedad-using-israeli-4d-treadmill-to-rehab-players/

Playsight unveiled its SmartPitch instant video analysis system at the Soccerex convention in Manchester this week. SmartPitch records the action on the field and uploads it immediately to the cloud, allowing coaches to show players instant replays of their contribution…The technology was originally used to train Israeli fighter pilots.

http://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/the-israeli-air-force-tech-being-used-to-train-footballers

Intel Corp. has outfitted eight National Football League stadiums in the U.S. with high-definition cameras that will allow fans to see the game from every angle and create 360-degree highlights for a more action-packed experience. The cameras – which are ready for the 2017 season – are equipped with Intel’s “freeD” technology that was developed by Israeli startup Replay Technologies, which Intel bought last year. The freeD system allows broadcasters to freeze video, rotate the angle of view and zoom in on the action.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/intel-to-equip-nfl-stadiums-with-israel-made-replay-technology/

 

SPORT

 

The Giro d’Italia cycling race will open next year’s event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5016636,00.html

 

KENYA

 

Last month, volunteers with Israel’s Eye from Zion  humanitarian organization held an “eye camp” in Chuka, Kenya. They treated 723 patients in three locations, from infants to senior citizens, performing free treatments and surgeries – 85 percent of the surgeries to remove cataracts and 10% to correct astigmatism. They also helped to set up Participants an advanced eye clinic donating supplies, including surgical and lab equipment and medications. Two Kenyan medical officers were trained to use the equipment, the hospital’s technical staff learned how to maintain the machinery and three nurses received training in surgical assistance. Additional equipment will be brought on a future visit.

https://www.israel21c.org/eye-from-zion-treats-723-in-kenya-sets-up-new-eye-clinic/

 

NORWAY

 

Norway has secured the return of $10,000 given to a Palestinian women’s centre that was named in honour of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre in Israel that resulted in the death of 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children.
http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/9/8/norway-gets-refund-over-palestinian-terror-episode-us-lawmakers-hail-action-as-precedent#.WbU6mqSQy70=

WATER

 

Water purification technology developed by an Israeli firm has been chosen for use at the iconic Hoover Dam to prevent an invasive species of mussel from interfering with the dam’s electricity production. Atlantium’s Hydro-Optic Ultraviolet technology designed to prevent fouling at Hoover Dam by the quagga mussel, which threatens to clog the turbine’s water cooling system.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tech-chosen-to-kill-off-invasive-mussel-species-at-hoover-dam/

As they prepared to attend WATEC Israel’s premier water conference in Tel Aviv, a group of Czech water experts got a first-hand look at one of Israel’s innovative ways of tackling the issue of water wasted in urban runoff: The Biofilter in Kfar Saba

http://www.kkl-jnf.org/about-kkl-jnf/green-israel-news/september-2017/czech-biofilter-mission/

THE P.A.

 

Palestinian intelligence forces arrested Muhammad Sabir Jabir from Hebron on Sunday after he hosted an Israeli parliament member Yehudah Glick in his home during the recent Eid al-Adha holiday. It remained.unclear what Jabir was being charged with.

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=779048

Glick said Jabir’s arrest was senseless and once again proves that the Palestinian Authority doesn’t want peace. “He’s a peace activist whom I met via the head of the Ahmadiyya community in Haifa,” Glick said, referring to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam. “I went to wish him a happy holiday on Id al-Adha, and I regret that this is what happened.”

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.811604

 

Stories of Palestinian Authority torture have been emerging since the Jerusalem District Court ruled earlier this summer that Palestinians can sue the PA in Israeli courts

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinians-tell-Post-about-PA-torture-seek-justice-in-Israeli-courts-504957

COMMENT & OPINION

 

Herb Keinon: Israel on Thursday reportedly attacked a branch of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre that housed chemical weapons and missiles. When P.M. Netanyahu visited Russian President Putin two weeks ago, he made it clear that if and when Israel attacked to protect its interests, everyone should understand why it happened and what was at stake and no one should be surprised. Israel has made clear that it will not allow game-changing weaponry to be transferred from Syria or Iran to Hizbullah, and will not let Iran or Hizbullah build bases on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights that could be used for attacks against Israel. It was telling that there was no immediate condemnation of the attack from Moscow. Their  silence could be interpreted as a sign they were not blindsided by the move

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-Critical-that-Russia-not-be-surprised-504560

 

Krishnadev Calamur:Israel now faces two intertwined mortal enemies gaining strength close to its borders – Iran and Hizbullah. Thursday’s airstrike in Syria signals to Israel’s adversaries that it will not sit by as forces inimical to it gain strength, and that any political resolution of the Syrian conflict must take into account Israel’s long-term security interests.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/israel-syria/539076/

Alex Ward: Israel bombed a suspected Syrian chemical weapons factory last week, just one day after the UN blamed Syrian forces for a chemical weapons attack in April…In 2013, Syria promised to give up its chemical weapons as part of a diplomatic deal with Russia and the U.S. to avert a planned American strike in response to Assad gassing almost 1,000 of his own citizens to death near Damascus.

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/9/8/16273512/israel-syria-chemical-weapons-iran-hezbollah-factory

Israel Update: 7 September 2017

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HOUSTON CONTINUED

 

While some members of the IsraAID team continue recovery and clear-up work, others are leading stress relief and recreational activities at Houston shelters, community centres and schools, working with relatively large groups of adult and child flood victims, using art, movement therapy and mindfulness techniques. iAID, another Israeli humanitarian organization, is sending a team of volunteers to Texas…The organization aims to support the US relief efforts with “Start-up Nation” solutions, such as clean energy and clean water technologies, that can empower communities to repair themselves and better prepare for the next natural disaster.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-floodwaters-recede-israeli-disaster-aid-is-in-houston-for-the-long-haul/

The Israeli Embassy in the U.S. has joined with IsraAid and Movers 495, an American-Israeli moving company, to send several tons of aid by truck to Houston.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-embassy-in-dc-ships-several-tons-of-aid-to-harvey-victims-in-texas/

A team of volunteers from Israel’s Zaka search-and-rescue organization is in Houston to help with the clean up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, assisting with tasks ranging from clearing debris to delivering food…On Monday, the team worked with Pastor Becky Keenan from the Gulf Meadows Church.

http://www.jta.org/2017/09/05/news-opinion/united-states/zaka-team-helping-with-hurricane-clean-up-in-houston

 

SYRIA

 

Israeli warplanes allegedly struck a facility in northern Syria today where the regime is said to have stockpiled chemical weapons and missiles. There was no immediate comment from theI.D.F.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-planed-reportedly-hit-chemical-weapons-site-in-syria/

 

According to a former national security adviser, there’s a strong probability that the Syrian military research centre was targeted because of concerns that Hezbollah’s leader Nassrallah had asked Damascus to hand over the facility to the Lebanon-based Shi’ite terror group. The facility has been known for many years as a centre for research and development for weapons systems, including chemical weapons.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israel-may-have-struck-the-Syrian-weapons-facility-before-Hezbollah-could-take-over-504469

 

A retired Israeli Maj.-Gen. said, “The attack sent three important messages. Israel won’t allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms; Israel intends to enforce its red lines, despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them; and the presence of Russian air defence does not prevent airstrikes attributed to Israel.”
Syrian opposition sources said the airstrike destroyed weapons stores including chemical-tipped missiles that were to be delivered to Hizbullah.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-idf-intel-chief-israel-enforcing-its-red-lines-with-syria-strike/

 

Shortly after the alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian scientific centre which is responsible for research and development of nuclear, biological, chemical and missile technology and weapons, Israel’s President Rivlin met German Chancellor Merkel and clarified that the weapons infrastructure that Hezbollah was building may require the State of Israel to respond.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5013491,00.html

 

HEZBOLLAH THREAT ON ISRAEL’S NORTHERN BORDER

Tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers are staging a mock 10-day war against the Hezbollah terrorist group in northern Israel, marking the IDF’s largest exercise in nearly 20 years. Hezbollah, with its suspected arsenal of over 100,000 rockets and thousands of fighters, is seen by the IDF as its central threat…Israeli officials have raised alarms in recent months over increased Hezbollah activity in southern Lebanon, as well as plans for an Iranian missile factory to supply the terror group with more accurate rockets. They have also expressed misgivings over a ceasefire in southern Syria that they say allows Iran to establish a foothold along Israel’s northern border.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-to-launch-mock-war-with-hezbollah-in-its-largest-drill-in-20-years/

Nikki Haley (U.S. Ambassador to the UN): Last week, the UN Security Council voted to significantly strengthen its efforts to stop the Hizbullah terrorists in southern Lebanon. Our changes will make UNIFIL step up its patrols and inspections which  will help disrupt Hizbullah’s illegal activity. Our changes require UNIFIL to report when it is prevented from seeing something it wants to inspect, so that when it is prevented from doing its job, the Security Council will know about it.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/09/04/nikki-haley-how-the-united-states-is-stepping-up-efforts-against-hezbollah/

MUNICH MASSACRE – A MEMORIAL AFTER 45 YEARS

President  Rivlin on Wednesday attended the inauguration in Munich of a memorial to the victims of the massacre at the Olympic Games there 45 years ago, and castigated the Palestinian Authority for its continued expressions of support for the terror act, which left 11 Israeli Olympians dead.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rivlin-inaugurates-munich-memorial-raps-palestinians-for-lauding-massacre/

COUNTER TERRORISM

Israeli Border Police raided an arms factory in a West Bank village warehouse, used primarily to manufacture Carl Gustav-type and Kalashnikov rifles, last Thursday, seizing a cache of rifles, IDF uniforms, binoculars and ammunition. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said this “was one of the many operations taking place in Judea and Samaria to seize weapons being used in Israel by terrorist cells who are planning attacks.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Border-Police-seize-cache-of-automatic-weapons-IDF-uniforms-from-West-Bank-village-503904

 

Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian teenager at a checkpoint in Hebron on Wednesday after finding a knife in his possession

https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-teen-arrested-at-hebron-checkpoint-with-knife/

 

52 American law-enforcement officers from 12 states have arrived in Israel to train in counterterrorism techniques. The U.S. delegation will participate in multiple counterterrorism training exercises etc.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/US-police-train-in-counterterrorism-in-Israel-attend-911-memorial-504231

KENYA

102 Kenyans have been beneficiaries of a 12-month internship programme at the Arava International Center for Agriculture and Training in southern Israel to gain advanced knowledge in agriculture and food production. GreenArava is an Israeli company currently managing the Galana irrigation scheme in Kenya, where farming largely relies on erratic rains and three million people require food relief. Mohammed Abdi the group leader of the Kenyans says he learned more than food production. “Within Israel, Christians, Muslims and Jews live peacefully with each other. I have also met students from 102 countries, coming from different backgrounds. From the desert, I’ve learned that every challenge can be an opportunity.”

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/09/04/canaan-is-a-desert-but-full-of-milk-fresh-food-kenyan-students-share_c1628191

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

An Israeli tele-medicine company is looking to replace some doctor visits with a new device that allows patients an accurate self-examination from home. The Tytocare device allows patients to measure their own vital signs – heart rate or temperature – as well as to conduct examinations of organs such as ears, throat and lungs…The TytoHome package has FDA approval and is already marketed in the U.S.  Israel’s Schneider Children’s Hospital compared the accuracy and quality of physical check-ups done by Tyto to those conducted by doctors and found almost no difference between the two types of examinations.

http://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israel-technology-aims-to-replace-doctors-visits-503395

The U.S. Department of Defence is testing an Israeli drug designed to help the body recover after exposure to radiation in the case of nuclear fallout, to see if it can be administered before service members are exposed to radiation.  The Israeli company Pluristem has partnered with the medical university at Fukushima, Japan, site of a 2011 nuclear meltdown, in developing the drug.
http://us.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/09/05/israel-new-radiation-treatment-liebermann-pkg.cnn

RightHear allows blind and visually impaired people to navigate malls, universities and hospitals by mimicking the function of a venue’s directory board and speaking to users about what’s nearby. It’s also integrated with ride sharing and taxi apps.
https://www.israel21c.org/app-orients-visually-impaired-in-malls-schools-hospitals/

THE I.D.F.

Dr. Avi Yitzhaki, the chief medical officer of the IDF Southern Command, on Thursday became the first Israeli of Ethiopian descent to be promoted to the rank of colonel. Yitzhaki made aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia in 1994 at the age of 19. He completed medical studies at Ben-Gurion University.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5010784,00.html

Daniel Defur, who is blind, told the Israeli P.M. about his wish to serve in the IDF.  After the P.M. contacted Special in Uniform, a programme that integrates young men and women with disabilities into the IDF, Daniel has enlisted and will serve on an air force base.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Blind-soldier-fulfills-lifetime-dream-of-joining-the-IDF-503903

THE UK

The UK is a leading partner of the Israeli scientific community – last year nearly 1,500 scientific publications included a UK and an Israeli researcher. One project  BIRAX has invested 7 million pounds over the last five years in 15 collaborative UK-Israel projects tackling major global diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/A-scientific-uplift-for-cultural-relations-503934

TLV in LDN offers a unique opportunity to experience Tel Aviv’s rich cultural landscape in the UK’s capital city. Camden’s Roundhouse is the hub for this four-day showcase, with satellite events taking place across the city at locations including Cadogan Hall and The Coronet. Highlights include a live DJ set from Guy Gerber; performances and workshops by dance troupe Mayumana; an exhibition curated by internationally renowned artist Ori Gersht; and a food festival by esteemed Israeli chef Shaul Ben-Aderet.

Further information here: http://tlvinldn.org

https://www.israel21c.org/tlv-in-ldn-festival-planned-for-september-7-11/

ARCHAEOLOGY

Several dozen seals and seal impressions from the First Temple period, many with biblical-type names in ancient Hebrew text, have been found in this year’s excavations at the City of David, lending credence to the theory that Jerusalem was a major administrative capital of the Judean kingdom, say archaeologists exploring the site.

http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.810495

 

CONAN O’BRIEN

American TV personality Conan O’Brien, who is filming a documentary film Conan in Israel, which will be screened in the US later this month, told medical teams at Safed’s Ziv Medical Center that they “deserve a Nobel Peace Prize” for their treatment of Syrian wounded.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Conan-OBrien-says-Israeli-doctors-treating-Syrians-deserve-Nobel-Prize-503964

COMMENT & OPINION

Alan Baker: There are 40 or more ongoing conflict and occupation situations throughout the world, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Western Sahara, East Timor, East Congo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, and the Crimea…. The accepted rules of occupation are overly general and do not take into consideration the often unique political, legal, and historical status of the territory in dispute, as is the case regarding Israel…The language of occupation law has been politicized, and partisan political expressions such as “Occupied Palestinian Territories” have become common language by the UN and by such humanitarian organizations as the International Red Cross…This terminology has no legal basis and prejudges ongoing, agreed-upon, and internationally-endorsed negotiation issues between Israel and the Palestinians. Their use by humanitarian organizations such as the International Red Cross is incompatible with its own constitutional principles of neutrality and impartiality.

http://jcpa.org/article/hijacking-laws-occupation/

Alex Joffe: It has been claimed that Jews represent an alien population implanted into Palestine to usurp the land and displace the people. Yet a wealth of evidence demonstrates that Jews are the indigenous population of the Southern Levant; historical and now genetic documentation places Jews there over 2,000 years ago, and there is indisputable evidence of continual residence of Jews in the region…Palestinians have the right to define themselves as they see fit. What Palestinians cannot claim, however, is that they are Palestine’s indigenous population and the Jews are settler-colonialists. Palestinian genealogies that show their own tribes originating outside the Southern Levant are prima facie evidence of Arab settler-colonialism.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/palestinians-settlers-colonialism/

 

Israel Update: 31 August 2017

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HOUSTON

 

Seven members of IsraAID an Israeli NGO flew to Houston on Tuesday,(where they will join three other members of the group who were already in the U.S.) seeking to provide emergency assistance to relief efforts as a massive storm pummelled the city with severe flooding. Among the group are disaster management experts, mental health experts, and engineers. They will focus on coordination of relief work and provide basic needs including stress relief activities and recreation for those impacted by the disaster.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-aid-group-rushes-to-help-flooded-houston/

 

A team of Israeli mental health professionals organized by the Israel Rescue Coalition arrives in Houston on Thursday to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. “People need help on the ground. They need to be able to wrap their minds around what was lost and they need assistance figuring out how to cope and where to go from here,” said Dov Maisel, Director of International Operations for the IRC and Vice President of United Hatzalah.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-Rescue-Coalition-to-send-special-crisis-unit-to-Houston-503796

 

 

AFRICA

 

Two plastic surgeons from the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa recently returned from Africa where they were participating in an international  mission to correct facial deformities in local children.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-doctors-return-smile-to-african-childrens-faces/

 

 

MEDICAL

 

Israeli doctors have cured a Gazan man who had become a recluse suffering from ‘tree man disease’ for nearly 10 years. Following an operation at Hadassah Medical Centre, Jerusalem, Mr Taluli is convinced his life will return to normal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4835902/Recluse-42-CURED-tree-man-disease.html

A new Israeli patent to treat congestive heart failure, implanted for the first time in a Canadian patient at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Centre, could be a “therapeutic breakthrough,” said Dr. Yair Peled, the cardiologist who invented it. In a minimally invasive operation, while the heart is beating, the CoRolla device was implanted by catheter in the left ventricle of the heart.

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Israeli-doctors-are-first-to-implant-device-for-congestive-heart-failure-503648

 

 

CO-OPERATION

 

A group of Palestinian agronomists and agricultural engineers recently completed training in avocado cultivation at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in northern Israel.The purpose of the training was to improve the Palestinians’ avocado crop. Participants toured the avocado plantations in the north and met with Israeli avocado farmers. During the training, the Palestinians expressed a desire to cooperate with Israeli growers to facilitate export. About 40 percent of the participants were women, most of them agricultural entrepreneurs with a particular interest in avocado growing.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israelis-train-palestinian-farmers-to-grow-avocados/

 

 

THE UN

 

During his first visit to the region since taking office earlier this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised the residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza border for what he described as their “fantastic example of solidarity, humanity and tolerance” in their request to the UN to help Palestinians in the Gaza Strip emancipate themselves from the draconian rule of Hamas. Speaking in Tel Aviv following a visit to the southern region of Israel, where he viewed a Hamas terror tunnel near the Kibbutz, held discussions with its residents and received a helicopter tour of the Israel-Gaza border with Israeli officials, Guterres decried the fact that the community has “been bombarded several times” and that “one child has been killed by rockets.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5009811,00.html

 

A Palestinian refugee receives a budget four times larger than a Syrian, Iraqi or African refugee, according to a study. The UN is currently addressing the largest refugee crisis in history involving 68 million people worldwide. In 2016, UNRWA, which provides assistance only for Palestinian refugees, spent $246 for each of the 5.3 million Palestinians it defines as refugees*, while UNHCR, which deals with all other refugees, spent $58 per refugee.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5008515,00.html

 

*NOTE: The UNWRA definition of a refugee includes all descendants of the original circa 800,00 Arab refugees in 1948 (roughly equivalent to the number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries) whereas the UNHCR definition does not extend to subsequent descendants. See a 2011 comparison  which remains relevant today:

http://israelbehindthenews.com/library/pdfs/UNRWAchartcomparison.pdf

 

 

INDIA

 

Karnataka, a state in southwestern India, has transformed 59,305 acres of drought-stricken land in Hunagund into a fertile green pasture, thanks to Israeli drip irrigation. As a result, by October, 15,000 farmers will harvest their first monsoon season crop in several years.

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/israels-tips-help-states-farmers-count-every-drop/articleshow/60248045.cms

 

 

SYRIA

 

A Syrian rebel commander said his group’s cooperation with Israel made it the target of criticism from the Iran-funded militias that are fighting on behalf of Syrian President Assad, but humanitarian concerns superseded old hatreds…he said while his group tries to tread a fine line as it relates to disclosing their cooperation with Israel because of how it can be manipulated for propaganda purposes, he and the civilians in the region welcomed the aid and thanked Israel for its generosity. He also described the process of bringing people into Israel for medical treatment.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/taking-israeli-aid-syrian-rebel-says-crisis-on-golan-overrides-old-hatreds/

 

 

THE P.A.

 

PA President Abbas said last Thursday, “I don’t intend to cease payments for families of prisoners and martyrs; even if it costs me my seat, I will continue to pay them until my last day,” the Kan Hebrew news outlet reported. During President Trump’s visit to the region earlier this year, he stressed to Abbas that the U.S. will not tolerate the PA’s payments for families of terrorists.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/153840-170825-abbas-tells-us-he-won-t-stop-paying-terrorist-families

 

The PA’s most fundamental message to its people and its children – that all of Israel is actually “Palestine” – is prominent in many songs broadcast regularly on official PA and Fatah TV stations. On Aug. 25, PA TV broadcast a video depicting a bird that flies over all of “my country Palestine.” The bird “flies over” the Israeli cities of Safed, Tiberias, Acre, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit Shean, Jaffa, and Ramle.

This song has been broadcast at least 30 times this year

http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=22872

 

 

BALAD – INCITEMENT

 

A summer camp for Israeli Arab youth organized by the Balad party (an Israeli-Arab political party represented in the Israeli Parliament) held its concluding ceremony this week in the West Bank, with campers marching in a procession honoring Palestinian “martyrs.” Draped in Palestinian flags, the children chanted, “With spirit and blood we will redeem you, Palestine.” Afterwards, they visited families of terrorists who were killed or wounded during terror attacks against Israelis.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5009612,00.html

 

 

IRAN

 

The new Iranian defence minister, Brig.-Gen. Amir Hatami, reemphasized on Aug. 20 the Defence Ministry’s strong support for the “resistance front” and the need to promote the Iranian regime’s missile programme. In addition, the new commander of the Iranian army, Maj.-Gen. Abd al-Rahim Mousavi, vowed that he is committed to the goal that Israel would cease to exist within 25 years, thanks to the bravery of the “Iranian martyrs”.

http://jcpa.org/article/irans-new-defense-minister-committed-irans-missile-program-export-revolution/

 

 

INNOVATION

 

Shoppers in Reykjavik, Iceland, will now be able to receive food and other goods direct to their doors via Israeli-made drones, which will significantly speed up delivery times. AHA, Iceland’s largest online marketplace, reports a 60% reduction in delivery costs and up to 20 minutes of reduced transportation time during peak hours using Flytrex drones

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/22/worlds-first-drone-delivery-service-launches-in-iceland.html

 

 

COMMENT & OPINION

 

A Kurd from Northern Iraq visited Israel recently:

Extract; “My time in Tel Aviv was brief, a little over a week. But what the city offered was unprecedented to me, especially in the Middle East. It is modern, filled will young Israelis enjoying life at the beaches, nightlife spots, restaurants. It is also historical and diverse. I witnessed Muslims and Jews intermingling, mosques calling for prayer, Arab families enjoying their time together on the beaches after breaking their fast. No one bothered others; everyone minded their own business. I tried hard to discover instances of negative interactions between the two peoples, but they even smoked hookah together at the local café.”

(The writer also spent time in Jerusalem)

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/My-experience-in-Israel-It-is-not-what-you-see-on-TV-503830

 

This summer, 28 US army cadets and US Navy Midshipmen embarked on a journey throughout Israel during which they visited the country’s most prestigious sites and were briefed by some of the most distinguished experts in Israel’s political and military sphere; in this interview with Ynetnews, the cadets shared some of their conclusions about the country; ‘It put all the media coverage into perspective.’ One commented “I think I am taking away a much greater appreciation for the Jewish people in general over the last 2000 years and how much of a miracle it is that Israel has become what it is today”

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5009454,00.html

 

 

Last Tuesday was the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress convened by Theodore Herzl in the Swiss city of Basel on August 29, 1897.

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2017/08/the-most-politically-significant-meeting-of-any-group-of-jews-in-the-last-1800-years/

 

Israel Update: 24 August 2017

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INTERNATIONAL AID

Israel provided food aid this week to a village in a drought-stricken area of South Sudan. The six tons of food aid were distributed to village residents by government officials, representatives from Israeli humanitarian groups and Israel’s Ambassador to South Sudan.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-provides-food-aid-to-south-sudan/

Israeli non-governmental humanitarian aid organization IsraAID recently sent a first-response team of 16 volunteers to southern Nepal to bring medical, psychosocial and sanitation assistance in the wake of floods and landslides affecting six million people in 18 districts. The surging waters have washed away thousands of houses and permanently damaged farmland, food stocks and water infrastructure only two years after a devastating earthquake. More than 120 people have lost their lives, and many more are still missing…Meanwhile, in Africa, IsraAID continues to provide emergency relief in Sierra Leone following disastrous flooding and mudslides there that began on August 14.

https://www.israel21c.org/israaid-brings-emergency-flood-relief-to-nepal/

 

SYRIA

US Deputy Assistant Secretary Secretary of State Michael Ratney said Monday he was “astounded” by Israel’s humanitarian treatment of Syrians wounded in that country’s six-year-old civil war and said the medical treatment the refugees have received at Ziv Medical Center in Safed has been an illustration of “Israeli compassion and competence.”

Leading a delegation of US officials on a tour of Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, Ratney said he would “leave Ziv hospital with a profound appreciation for the heroic work you are doing…”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5005897,00.html

 

ATTACK

A Palestinian who approached Israeli Border Police officers with a knife and tried to attack them at a West Bank junction on Saturday, was shot. One officer was wounded by shrapnel. The attacker had, reportedly, left a note for his parents saying that he had gone out to carry out a “revenge attack” and not to mourn him because he was now a “martyr.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-stabbed-lightly-wounded-in-west-bank-attack/

 

COUNTER TERRORISM

Israeli troops arrested a Hebron man in possession of an M-4 assault rifle as he was trying to smuggle it into Israel from the West Bank on Monday.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-nab-hebron-man-suspected-of-trying-to-smuggle-gun-into-israel/

A 21-year-old Palestinian was arrested in Netanya Saturday with a knife concealed on his person on his way to carry out a stabbing attack in the city. The suspect, a resident of the West Bank, was in Israel illegally. He told police in questioning that he intended to carry out an attack.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/police-say-stabbing-attack-in-netanya-thwarted/

Israeli Border Police seized a truck loaded with weapon parts at a Jerusalem checkpoint on Tuesday, which was on its way to the West Bank. While checking a garbage truck, IDF inspectors found dozens of M-16 rifle parts among the trash

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Border-Police-thwart-weapon-smuggling-from-Jerusalem-to-West-Bank-503148

 

THE P.A.

“The last few months have seen a sharp escalation in attacks by the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza on journalists and the media in a bid to silence dissent,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International. “By rounding up journalists and shutting down opposition websites, the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip appear to be using police state tactics to silence critical media and arbitrarily block people’s access to information.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/08/palestine-dangerous-escalation-in-attacks-on-freedom-of-expression/

 

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Israel’s Border Police are to equip their medics in the Jerusalem area with Israeli-made Woundclot hemostatic bandages, which help save lives by making the blood flowing from wounds clot faster. The new bandages can stop bleeding from gunshot or stab wounds in 40 seconds or less, even in a wound to an artery or to the stomach. During the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, the bandages proved efficient in stopping bleeding quickly and keeping victims alive while they were being transferred to hospitals.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44695

 

THE I.D.F.

Brig. Gen. Dr. Tarif Bader, a member of Israel’s Druze community, was sworn in Thursday as IDF chief medical officer. In his previous positions, Bader headed the IDF’s medical mission to treat wounded Syrians on the northern border, and commanded three IDF humanitarian delegations: to Haiti in 2010, Nepal in 2015 and Turkey in 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUvV6gjh_oQ

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/politics/druze-brig-gen-incoming-idf-medical-corps-chief/2017/08/20/

 

EUROPE

The Swiss Government confirmed Monday that the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat a joint funding mechanism of the governments of Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and The Netherlands – is suspending funding to the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), following WATC’s role in inaugurating a West Bank women’s centre named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who murdered 38 Israeli civilians in a 1978 terror attack.

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/press-releases/european-secretariat-freezes-funding-radical-palestinian-organization/

VIDEO (3 minutes)

 

Luba Mayekiso, the National Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in South Africa, explains how Israeli innovation can revolutionize Africa. While other countries have selfishly exploited South Africa, Israel has established itself as a partner rather than colonizer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQYKrOzORXc&feature=youtu.be

COMMENT & OPINION

Danny Danon (Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N.):

I have given dozens of UN ambassadors tours of Israel’s border with Lebanon, where IDF officers identified Hizbullah positions along the border. Our guests asked where the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL) in Lebanon was, and why nothing was being done to stop Hizbullah terrorists from blatantly violating numerous Security Council resolutions. Our answer was that the UNIFIL force is there, but they are not effectively fulfilling their mandate.

In 2006, UNIFIL was charged with ensuring that the territory south of the Litani River remained free of weapons and fighters other than the Lebanese army…UNIFIL must meticulously inspect the towns and villages of southern Lebanon. Hizbullah strongholds must be dismantled, and other villages must be kept free of rockets and weapons aimed at Israeli population centres.

No one wants UNIFIL to succeed more than Israel does. With Hamas rearming in Gaza and Islamic State increasing its strength along our frontier with Syria, we seek calm and stability on our northern border.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hezbollah-is-running-rings-around-u-n-monitors-in-lebanon-1503258487

 

Dr. Reuven Berko: Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch who was recently arrested *, controls an enormous funding empire that pays mercenaries to riot on the Temple Mount, in Jaffa, and at other sites. The massive amounts of cash being pumped into the Islamic Movement come from global Islamic charities and, indirectly, from Turkey and Qatar….Salah, who shows up at flashpoints in Jerusalem or Jaffa and gives religious speeches full of Islamic symbolism, is the one prompting these bloody clashes. …Salah does not attend the riots to teach Islamic heritage, but to incite more bloodshed.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=19699

 

(*and subsequently charged with incitement to commit terrorism)

 

Gal Levertov:Two states for two peoples is an Israeli interest and should be a Palestinian interest as well. Yitzhak Rabin did his best to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians and brought the Oslo Agreement. Shimon Peres worked to create a “new Middle East.” Ariel Sharon uprooted settlements in Gaza and the West Bank. And Ehud Barak offered Arafat everything he could at Camp David in 2000. The reality is that the Palestinian leadership today is not willing to compromise and divide the land, and continues to seek to establish its state not alongside Israel but in place of it. While many states continue to insist on pressuring Israel, the reality is that there will never be a peace agreement as long as they continue to pressure the side that wants an agreement, instead of the side that opposes it

https://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.4362693

Israel Update: 17 August 2017

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SIERRA LEONE

 

Following devastating and deadly mudslides on Monday, the first international aid to arrive in Sierra Leone on Tuesday was food sent by Israel to provide 10,000 meals for the thousands of displaced people.

Israel has also promised to send in further assistance, including medical assistance and other help depending on the needs of Sierra Leone, where more than 300 people have died in the flooding and mudslides.

Also on Tuesday, the Israeli aid agency IsrAID said that it had a team on the ground who were “providing relief and psycho social support” for those affected.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-aid-arrives-in-sierra-leone-after-deadly-mudslides/

 

ATTACK

A female Palestinian assailant who carried out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Saturday had attempted to stab an ultra-Orthodox man before stabbing another person, said to be an Arab East Jerusalem resident, injuring him lightly. It is thought she mistook the victim for a Jew as his shirt displayed Hebrew lettering. The attacker was overpowered and arrested by police officers at the scene.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-attacker-tries-to-stab-ultra-orthodox-man-but-misses-police-clip-shows/

 

CO-OPERATION

Israel will join Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, as well as four European countries, for a first-of-its-kind joint drill of their respective emergency services. The Middle East Forest Fire exercise, or MEFF, is due to take place from October 22 to 26 in Jordan and Israel, and will include rescue forces from Italy, France, Spain and Croatia.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-jordan-palestinian-authority-to-hold-first-of-its-kind-joint-fire-and-rescue-exercise/

 

COUNTER TERRORISM

Israeli security forces thwarted a large terrorist attack last Thursday when five Palestinians from Hebron were arrested just outside Jerusalem. The five had left suicide notes expressing their plans to commit a terrorist attack in Israel.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44545

 

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY & NORTH KOREA

PA President Abbas on Tuesday congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on his country’s “Liberation Day” andexpressed his appreciation for North Korea’s “firm solidarity in support of the rights of the [Palestinian] people” and for the “historic relationship between Palestine and North Korea.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-congratulates-north-koreas-kim-amid-nuclear-tensions/

 

GAZA

A rocket was launched from Gaza at the Israeli city of Ashkelon early last week. In response, the Israeli Air Force targeted Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/IDF-strikes-Hamas-targets-following-Gaza-rocket-attack-501937

UNRWA has sealed a Hamas tunnel it found two months ago that the terrorist group had built under its two of its boys school in the Gaza Strip.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UNRWA-closes-Hamas-tunnel-under-school-502452

120,000 children and teens attended Hamas summer camps in Gaza. This year’s theme was “Marching on Jerusalem.”  In addition to Quran lessons, sports and technology activities, games and entertainment, the camps also offered extensive military indoctrination and training, including weapons training Former Hamas education minister Osama Al-Muzaini said: “Jerusalem…is part of the Islamic faith, and its liberation is first a religious duty and then a national one.” He said the camps’ goal is “to train the generation of victory and liberation, which will have the honour of liberating Jerusalem.

https://www.memri.org/reports/motto-hamas-summer-camps-year-marching-jerusalem-their-goal-train-generation-will-liberate

 

INNOVATION

According to the recently published 2017 Nature Index, which ranks the world’s top institutions for inspiring new inventions based on the number of cited articles produced by their researchers, Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science,ranked 6th, is the only non-U.S. institution listed in the top 10.

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/50056/title/Nature-Index-Identifies-Top-Contributors-to-Innovation/

 

Israeli startup OrCam has developed a finger-sized, battery-powered device called MyEye that attaches to the side of a user’s glasses. Using optical character reading technology and artificial vision software, MyEye reads printed text from newspapers, restaurant menus, books, product labels, money notes, and mobile text to its user. The user only has to point to a piece of text to activate the device. MyEye immediately takes a picture and reads out the information. The device aims to revolutionize the lives of the blind and visually impaired.

http://nocamels.com/2017/08/orcam-visually-impaired-glasses-read-text/

 

OPERA

Nour Darwish, a 23-year-old Arab-Israeli music student received a surprise call to take on the lead role of Cleopatra in Handel’s opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto,” opening the fourth Israeli Opera Festival, when the lead soprano fell ill. Acknowledging that some in her community frowned upon her endeavour, she said it was not a problem for her, since she regards singing as a divine gift and enjoyed full support from family and friends in a potentially daunting move into professional opera.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/WATCH-Rising-Arab-Israeli-star-bucks-negativity-joins-Israeli-opera-501724

 

RABBINICAL COURTS

Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled  on Wednesdaythat a woman can serve as the director general of the state’s rabbinic courts.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5003751,00.html

 

INDIA

India is deploying a smart Israel-developed fence along its volatile border with Pakistan that sends a “quick response team” to the site of any detected infiltration attempt. The system of smart fences and surveillance methods is from the state-of-the-art technologies being used in Israel.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/israel-fence-systems-qrt-troops-at-pak-bangla-borders-bsf-dg-117081300180_1.html

WHISKEY

Israel’s first whiskey distillery is preparing to launch its first single malt whiskey.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-the-land-of-milk-and-honey-and-now-whiskey/

SMART CARS

Renault-Nissan announced last week that it was opening a smart car incubator in Tel Aviv. Israel has become a focal point for development of smart car tech. Among the car companies that have smart car R&D centers in Israel are General Motors, Daimler Group (BMW), Volvo, Honda, China’s SAIC Motors – as well as Intel, which although not an auto manufacturer, is now at the locus of smart car technology development, thanks to its recent acquisition of  Israel’s Mobileye

http://www.timesofisrael.com/renault-nissan-to-open-smart-car-incubator-in-israel/

SLEEP RESEARCH

Short-wavelength blue light – the kind of light emitted in large amounts by laptop, smartphone, tablet, and other device screens – is harmful to sleep, a new joint study by the University of Haifa and the sleep clinic of Tel Aviv’s Assuta Hospital confirms. The blue light that ruins your sleep if you stare at screens before bedtime can be countered with a filter, says an Israeli study that examined how the quality and quantity of slumber is affected by short-wave light.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/didnt-sleep-well-blame-the-blue-screens-of-your-devices/

 

COMMENT & OPINION

According to IDF Brig.-Gen. Lior Carmeli: “We are changing our concept from ‘cutting the grass’ to ‘weakening the roots'” of terror in the West Bank….”With a situation of ‘cutting the grass,’ you are always cutting it down, but it grows back…We are working every day so that the grass doesn’t grow at all.”…”Weakening the roots” means arresting the inciters before they influence potential attackers and acting against the wider circles that support the attackers.”… “There have been a number of examples of parents who have turned in their children before they committed terror attacks – particularly to the Palestinian Authority security forces – out of fear that their homes would be destroyed.” (Translated from a Hebrew website)

http://www.makorrishon.co.il/?p=5072

 

Alan Baker: According to the mandate of the “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” (UNRWA), refugee status extends to cover all future generations of Palestinians. With refugee status now applying to the fourth generation of Palestinians, this definition has exploded the number of registered refugees from 700,000 in 1949 to 5,000,000.

Unlike UNRWA, the much more successful model for international refugee relief – the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – seeks to resettle refugees, not perpetuate their camp existence. The UNHRC operates on the basis of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which does not say a word about passing refugee status to descendants.
Any attempt to reach a final Israeli-Palestinian peace must require a complete suspension of UNRWA funding and financing with a view to dissolving the agency and dismantling the refugee camps. New housing should replace them. Funding should be transformed into direct assistance to the appropriate agencies to carry out this task. If the goal is to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all, then UNRWA’s current configuration makes a final peace impossible to achieve.

http://jcpa.org/article/unrwa-condemns-palestinians-refugee-status-perpetuity/

 

 

 

Israel Update: 10 August 2017

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OPERATION GOOD NEIGHBOUR

Massive Israeli humanitarian aid to Syria is revealed.

Detailing its outreach for the first time, officers say the IDF is building clinics actually inside war-torn Syria and treating sick Syrian children in Israel – over 600, accompanied by their mothers, have been treated in Israeli hospitals. Meanwhile, hundreds of tons of food, medical equipment and clothing have been sent across the border into Syria.

Full report here:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/operation-good-neighbor-israels-massive-humanitarian-aid-to-syria-revealed/

 

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAMW3-rVeyM

 

From a blog by the commander of Operation Good Neighbour:

Every day and every night, 24/7, we operate a system that does only good. We provide flour, baby food, medical supplies and medicine in huge quantities. We have been given the opportunity to reshape reality and to be remembered as the ones who did the right thing.

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/25-syrian-children-all-terrified-of-us/

 

Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, an Argentinean- born Israeli doctor, who has lived in Israel for the last 28 years, was honoured at the Buenos Aires city parliament as an “outstanding personality in the human rights field” for assisting victims of the Syrian civil war. Currently he is head of the Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of Ziv Medical Centre, a hospital in Safed, about 40 miles from the Syrian border.. The official website of the Buenos Aires parliament describes Roisentul as “an Israeli that heals and saves lives of Syrians who do not know their neighbours or have a distorted view (of them).” He said that that seven Syrians were treated at Ziv in 2013 and “more than 1,500 Syrian have been treated for free since then just in our hospital. I have received people with serious injuries to their head and mouth, most of them can’t talk or eat correctly, and they return to Syria with a smile on their face. We also help them with clothes and sometimes they live for months in the hospital… people without place to go.”

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Argentinian-Israeli-doctor-honored-for-treating-Syrian-war-victims-502050

 

PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE CONTINUED 

A Palestinian teenager stabbed a fellow worker, an Israeli man (42), critically wounding him by stabbing him in the head, chest & neck, at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh last Wednesday in a terror attack.  The stabber was captured by civilians.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/man-injured-in-yavne-supermarket-stabbing-motive-unclear/

On 28 July, Palestinian man wielding a knife rushed at IDF soldiers at a West Bank junction and was shot.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-shot-dead-trying-to-stab-soldiers-in-west-bank/

 

THE P.A.

According to World Health Organisation figures, only 477 Gazans were given financial approval by the Palestinian Authority to travel for treatment  in June, down from 1,883 the previous year. The P.A. has dramatically reduced financial support for Gazans seeking outside medical care.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-authority-slashes-permits-for-sick-gazans-un-health-body-says/

PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the PLO, has been receiving treatment at a hospital in Israel for pulmonary fibrosis and is awaiting a lung transplant.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4997035,00.html

 

THE ROLE OF INCITEMENT

A Palestinian woman, who is also the niece of one of the founders of the Fatah movement, recently stated her unequivocal disapproval of terror attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israelis, citing violent education as the root cause of the phenomenon’s continuation.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001245,00.html

ASYLUM 

Neda Amin, an Iranian-born journalist who fled Iran in 2014, was expelled from Turkey, where she had been living for 3 years as a political refugee, because she was writing for an Israeli news website; Israel’s Interior Minister Deri approved a special tourist visa to allow her to enter Israel and seek asylum.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5001183,00.html

 

POST SCRIPT TO RECENT TEMPLE MOUNT CRISIS

 

Police arrested 33 men suspected of playing key roles in recent violent demonstrations against Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. During the rioting dozens of suspects gathered in a number of locations and threw stones, glass bottles and Molotov cocktails, set dumpsters alight, blocked roads, and launched firecrackers at security forces. (Further arrests followed)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-arrest-33-suspected-of-instigating-temple-mount-riots/

 

While most Arab nations sought to defuse tensions in Jerusalem, Iran and Turkey sought to fan the flames by transferring money to Islamic organizations to continue the struggle to “defend Al-Aqsa.”

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=19581

 

Iran Paid for Thousands of Prepackaged Meals for the Temple Mount Protesters

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44271

 

COUNTER TERRORISM

Israeli troops arrested a Palestinian couple in Hebron last Wednesday who had hidden over 200 rounds of ammunition in their children’s bedrooms, the Israel Police said. During a search of their home, the border guards noticed the mother “was holding one of the children in a suspicious way.” When she was asked to put him down, she initially refused, saying her son was sick, but eventually acquiesced and took out a pistol that she had hidden beneath him.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-hebron-troops-arrest-parents-who-stashed-bullets-in-kids-rooms/

 

AFRICA

Senegal and Guinea are sending their first-ever ambassadors to Israel next week, as Israel continues to expand its outreach to Africa. While both countries had existing diplomatic ties with Israel, neither has ever previously appointed an ambassador to Israel.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-muslim-states-in-africa-send-first-ever-envoys-to-israel/

An Israeli nonprofit organization, Innovation: Africa, is bringing drip irrigation and solar power to villages in eight African countries. They employ local staff working in 147 African villages as well as a team in Israel, all working on water surveys, drilling, construction, and solar power.The project is operating in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and South Africa, and there is a large list of villages waiting to be helped.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-solar-power-A-literal-light-unto-the-nations-501735

 

INDIA

India has more than 100 million cows but relatively low milk yields    Scientists at Israeli company Maxximilk have produced “genetically superior” embryos to impregnate Indian heifers, which will result in cows that are genetically predisposed to withstand hot weather conditions and produce greater quantities of top-quality milk. Maxximilk has a production facility in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-company-helps-increase-Indian-dairy-yields-500439

India has obtained aroumnd 30 elite sniffer and attack dogs from Israel to add teeth to the security of Prime Minister Modi.Israel is also helping to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police dog-training centre.

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170806/jsp/nation/story_165816.jsp

The Israeli national emergency medical service, MDA-Magen David Adom and the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) are holding a joint project to train volunteers, including school kids, to save lives during emergencies, natural disasters and accidents.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/health/israel-is-upgrading-india-s-first-responder-skills-to-save-lives-during-emergencies/story-X8bFmbUMP0Mx6FBVGRezRI.html

 

UNESCO AWARD

The Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center in Israel, known for its groundbreaking discoveries, is among the three winners of the UNESCO International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences for 2017.

UNESCO said the Volcani Center “has successfully developed cutting-edge innovations and methodologies in agricultural research with practical applications as well as capacity-building programs to promote food security in arid, semi-arid and desert environments, advancing human well-being.”

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=44163

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed the development of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device and Mine Suite (CIMS) mobile system, integrating optic sensors with radars to expose roadside charges before military forces ever go near them.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4998183,00.html

 

COMMENT & OPINION

 

Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinian teenage girls are facing ridicule and hate for attending a summer camp for coexistence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, organized by the Creativity for Peace group. Photos of the Israeli and Palestinian girls enjoying their time together have enraged many Palestinians and other Arabs, who took to social media to express their disgust. The angry reactions should be seen in the context of the Palestinians’ strong opposition to all forms of “normalization” with Israel. The Palestinian girls being castigated on social media are the latest victims of a culture of hate into which Palestinians have been inculcated. This environment is the direct result of an ongoing campaign of incitement and indoctrination that aims to delegitimize and demonize Israel and Jews.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10783/palestinians-creativity-hate

 

Julie Lenarz: In 2016, the average wage in the UK was £2,272 per month. The family of the knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist who brutally butchered three members of the Salomon family at Shabbat dinner on July 21 will soon enjoy a generous monthly payment of at least £2,385 plus supplements, courtesy of the PA. Murder, preferably multiple murder, is a lucrative business in the Palestinian territories. The PA’s policy of rewarding terrorists makes it complicit in the murder of Jews. But what’s most revolting is that Palestinian murder is bankrolled by the international community. There’s a good chance that your hard-earned cash could end up being used as blood money by the PA to reward murderous terrorists. If we are serious about fighting terrorism, scrutinizing Palestinian behaviour before donating hundreds of millions in aid would be a good place to start.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-can-palestinian-authority-defend-paying-lifetime-salaries-terrorists-convicted-murder-1632207

 

David Harris: It’s high time for the international community to wake up to certain Palestinian realities that many would rather avoid. ..An obsession with Israel and what it should (and should not) do blinds too many observers of the region to the other side of the equation – what the Palestinians should (and should not) do. Why doesn’t the international community show more backbone in insisting that Palestinians take responsibility for their own behaviour?..Ending the infantilization of the Palestinians – and beginning to hold them responsible for their actions – could be one promising way forward for the peacemakers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stop-infantilizing-the-palestinians_us_5977b680e4b0c6616f7ce5e9

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Update: 27 July 2017

 

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ARAB VIOLENCE AS TEMPLE MOUNT CRISIS CONTINUED

A Palestinian terrorist murdered Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36. and seriously wounded Tova Salomon 68 as they celebrated the arrival of a new grandchild at a Sabbath evening meal on Friday 21 July. The murderer stated that he wanted to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/terror-at-halamish-when-a-familys-shabbat-celebration-turned-into-a-bloody-massacre/

In Amman, an Israeli guard was stabbed by a Jordanian workman inside an Israeli embassy residence on Sunday. The guard opened fire on his attacker killing him and accidentally, a second man. Initially the Jordanians refused to allow the guard to leave the country but eventually he and the rest of the Embassy staff returned to Israel on Monday night.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/amman-embassy-security-guard-returns-to-israel/

On Monday in Petach Tikva, a Palestinian Arab stabbed an Israeli Arab bus driver whom he mistook for a Jew. The victim, who was stabbed in the neck, suffered severe to moderate injuries. The attacker was eventually arrested after being hit in the face with a pizza platter by the owner of a pizzeria whom he had also tried to stab.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pizzeria-owner-pummels-petah-tikva-stabber-with-a-pie-platter/

Two IDF soldiers were injured last week in a car-ramming attack at a checkpoint near Hebron. The Israeli government blamed the terrorism on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/two-soldiers-lightly-injured-in-car-ramming-near-hebron/

A terrorist attempted to stab a female IDF soldier last Thursday before being shot and killed by security forces at the scene.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4992041,00.html

JULY 14 TEMPLE MOUNT ATTACK VIDEO

Israeli police released a video showing that the three attackers had an accomplice, an unidentified fourth individual, who brought the guns in a backpack onto the Temple Mount and left them in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.In the wake of this terror attack in which two Israeli police officers were killed near the compound on 14 July Israeli put in place security measures including metal detectors.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-video-shows-terrorists-accomplice-smuggling-guns-onto-temple-mount/

INCITEMENT

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction called for Muslims to “intensify the popular struggle” over the Temple Mount, despite the removal of metal detectors and security cameras from the site on Tuesday.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/fatah-calls-to-intensify-struggle-over-temple-mount/

Khaled al-Mughrabi, one of al-Aqsa’s top preachers, said in of2015, “The Israelites…eat bread kneaded with the blood of children.” Mughrabi said on other occasions that the Jews are the real culprits behind the 9/11 attacks and are planning to take over the world. Omar Abu-Sarah, another of al-Aqsa’s chief preachers, said in a sermon: “I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come.”

(Al Aqsa is one of Islam’s holiest sites)

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/241338/the-palestinian-mountain-of-hate

Both Hamas and the P.A’s Fatah ruling party called for another “Day of Rage on Friday. (28 July)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-declares-temple-mount-victory-calls-new-day-of-rage/

AQSA CRISIS

The Muslim authorities in Jerusalem instructed worshippers to remain outside the Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday, even after Israel removed the metal detectors from entrances to the holy site that had prompted days of violent clashes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/world/middleeast/israel-jordan-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem-metal-detectors.html

But on Thursday, the Islamic authorities announced that Muslims would once again be encouraged to worship at the al-Aksa compound after Israel removed newly installed security measures at the holy site. …Security cameras and barricades at Temple Mount were dismantled Thursday morning. Israeli authorities had already dismantled the metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to the site.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Security-cameras-removed-at-Temple-Mount-Wakf-to-decide-on-renewal-of-prayers-500884

CONTEXT

In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, there are 5,000 closed-circuit television cameras overseen by a British company, G4S.As a security measure, an electronic bracelet is attached to each of the millions of pilgrims throughout their entire stay in the kingdom, allowing the authorities to monitor them.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4993554,00.html

OTHER NEWS:

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

According to the PA budget for 2017, salaries to incarcerated and released terrorists will amount to $153.4 million, a rise of 13% over 2016. The amount allocated in 2017 for the families of those killed or wounded in terrorist activities against Israelis is $190.8 million. Altogether, PA expenditures for supporting terror in 2017 total $344 million. This amounts to 49.6% of total foreign aid expected by the PA in 2017. By contrast, the total PA budget for real welfare support is $211.6 million. The amount of welfare support per family is much smaller than the salaries provided to terrorists and their families.

http://jcpa.org/article/palestinian-payments-incarcerated-terrorists-martyrs-families-rise-2017/

CO-EXISTENCE

A joint initiative between the government and Israel’s biggest employers to hire more Israeli Arabs saw more than 500 people taken on in 2016. Between April 2016 and June 2017, hiring of Israeli Arabs reached 722, with 200 serving in positions at headquarters or senior management.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/1.802313

THE UK

From June 2016 to May 2017, 32 new Israeli companies entered the UK market. They invested 152 million pounds and created 888 new jobs, the British Embassy in Tel Aviv reported.

http://www.bicom.org.uk/news/uk-israel-trade-increased-brexit-vote/

The Britain Israel Research Academic Exchange (BIRAX) has funded over £7 million in 15 bilateral research programs including stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and therapies for Type 1 diabetes.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-israel-science-program-has-invested-7m-in-5-years/

THE UN

U.S. UN Ambassador Haley said Tuesday: “The United Nations…has passed multiple resolutions calling on Hizbullah to disarm. It has called on the Lebanese state to exercise control over its territory. But neither of these things has happened….Hizbullah openly defies these resolutions and impedes the Lebanese government’s ability to exercise full control over its territory.”
 “Hizbullah’s illegal weapons build-up is putting the people of Lebanon in great danger…We must begin to get serious about enforcing our own resolutions that have been routinely violated by Iran and Hizbullah.”

https://usun.state.gov/remarks/7909

MONTENEGRO

Israeli firefighters in two planes from the Air Force’s Fire Squadron completed a five-day mission Sunday in Montenegro to put out wildfires. Israeli firefighters dropped 78,000 liters of fire retardant in 36 sorties.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-firefighters-aid-Montenegrins-in-extinguishing-blazes-along-coastline-500520

FIJI

More than 50 Fijiian children will undergo surgery by a team of medical specialists from Israel. The team was part of the Mashav project, an arm of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which assists more than 60 countries to alleviate hunger, disease and poverty.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/24/c_136467199.htm

COMMENT & OPINION

Bassam Tawil: The slain (Israeli) police officers were stationed there to ensure the safety of Muslim worshippers. The Palestinian spin doctors are attempting to divert attention from the terror attack by making it look as if the crisis began when Israel installed the metal detectors and not when two police officers were murdered.…In reality, it is the Palestinians themselves who are desecrating the sanctity of the Temple Mount, using the site to launch violent attacks against Jews by hurling stones at Jews praying at the nearby Western Wall. They have also been smuggling various types of weapons into the Temple Mount in order to throw firebombs and stones at Jewish visitors and policemen. The Palestinian leadership and Waqf officials have also encouraged Muslims to harass Jewish visitors and police officers by hurling insults at them.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10718/temple-mount-metal-detectors

Mohammed Kaabiya: It is upon us as Arab citizens of Israel to condemn all acts of terror without doubting or blinking, in a loud and clear voice, as well as fighting incitement and those within our society who call for violence. The Palestinian leadership is abusing Islam and its holy site to incite the masses in order to promote their own agenda.

http://www.newsweek.com/noble-sanctuary-no-excuse-murder-jerusalem-639644

Jonathan S Tobin: How could putting metal detectors to protect a holy site from a recurrence of murder provoke outrage, violence and a promise of mass riots? The answer is that this isn’t about metal detectors. It’s about the right of Jews to be in Jerusalem.

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/7/21/the-argument-is-about-jews-not-metal-detectors#.WXmX3xQ0XQI=

Eli Lake: A prevailing Palestinian narrative about the Al Aqsa Mosque is that Jews are a threat to its preservation. You hear it in the speeches of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he falsely claims Jewish settlers are building tunnels underneath the Temple Mount. He complains of “dirty feet” stepping on this holy ground.
 Martin Kramer, a historian, told me that the attack at the Temple Mount broke a taboo. “The usual Islamist claim is the danger to the mosque and the shrine is from Jews,” he said. “Here there was an actual conspiracy to smuggle weapons into this holy place and Hamas does not condemn it, they praise it. Who poses the greater danger to Al Aqsa?”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-18/terror-at-the-temple-mount-puts-the-lie-to-palestinian-rage

Benny Avni: This isn’t about metal detectors…PA President Mahmoud Abbas has utilized the Al-Aqsa Mosque to manufacture Palestinian and Muslim rage. In the long run, America’s smart move is to start addressing the follies of manufactured Muslim outrage and holding Abbas and the Palestinians accountable for their incitement.

http://nypost.com/2017/07/24/malice-on-the-mount-the-hate-behind-the-latest-mideast-crisis/

MEDIA CRITIQUE

Honest Reporting:  Several news services sought to equate the murder of three members of the Saloman family stabbed to death in their own home, with the deaths of rioting Palestinians whipped up by their leaders. One of the rioters was reportedly killed by his prematurely exploding petrol bomb.

http://honestreporting.com/temple-mount-tensions-unholy-headline-fails/

 

Israel Update: 14-18 July 2017

 

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Updates over the next few weeks could be sporadic as the editor is travelling. This week’s focusses on the Temple Mount attack last Friday and its repercussions.

 

TERRORIST ATROCITY ON TEMPLE MOUNT FRIDAY JULY 14

 

Israel Police on Friday released security footage from the shooting attack at the Temple Mount that day. Two Israeli police officers, one of them standing, the other sitting, are in an alleyway just outside the Temple Mount compound when two armed men, weapons drawn, run up behind the standing officer and shoot him in the back. The terrorists then ran back to the Temple Mount compound. Channel 2 news reported late Friday that the second policeman may have been killed by the assailants on the Mount itself, after they had fled back.

 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-release-footage-showing-first-moments-of-temple-mount-attack/

 

The Arab League condemned Israel for its closure of the Temple Mount following a terror attack at the holy site but their statement made no mention of the cause of the temporary closure — the terror attack earlier in the day that claimed the lives of two Israeli police officers.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-league-scolds-israel-for-temple-mt-closure-failing-to-mention-attack/

 

The three terrorists were Arab-Israelis using two Carlo-style submachine guns and a pistol to carry out the attack. One of them also tried to stab an officer.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-king-condemns-temple-mount-attack-in-call-with-netanyahu/

 

Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Saturday night that three Waqf officials were under arrest on suspicion of assisting or encouraging the Temple Mount attackers. It said the three gunmen had stored their weapons inside the compound several days before Friday’s attack. One of the three Waqf officials arrested was reported to have been seen acting suspiciously on security cameras.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-king-condemns-temple-mount-attack-in-call-with-netanyahu/

 

(The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is a Jordanian Islamic religious trust best known for controlling and managing the current Islamic edifices on and around the  Temple Mount)

 

 

Israeli police uncovered dozens of weapons in the Temple Mount compound during searches on Friday and Saturday, the Jerusalem Police Chief said on Sunday. “We found dozens of knives, slingshots, cudgels, spikes, inciting material, unexploded munitions, [and] stun grenades,” Halevi said. “The search was coordinated with Waqf officials, including even having one or two Waqf people accompany us.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-uncover-weapons-but-no-guns-in-temple-mount-searches/

 

The two Israeli Druze police officers were laid to rest in their northern Israel villages on Friday evening. Haiel Sitawe, 30, joined the Israel Police in 2012 and had served in the unit responsible for securing the Temple Mount ever since. He leaves behind a wife, Irin, and a three-week-old son. Kamil Shnaan, 22, had signed on as a career officer seven months ago. He was the son of former Labour Party Knesset member Shachiv Shnaan. His engagement party was to be held next week.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-friends-mourn-beloved-officers-killed-in-temple-mount-attack/

 

Jordan’s King Abdullah II condemned the attack in a phone conversation with Israel’s P.M. Netanyahu…. In contrast to the king’s condemnation, members of the Jordanian parliament praised the three attackers. The July 16 joint parliament-government session described them as “martyrs, who fell [in order] to water [and to continue to water] the pure land of Palestine [with their blood],” Numerous articles in the Jordanian press condemned Israel. A column from the government daily Al-Rai, praised the attack and referred to the attackers’ “martyrdom”.

https://www.memri.org/reports/jordanian-reactions-shooting-al-aqsa-compound-king-abdullah-condemns-it-parliament-and-press

 

As part of the security measures taken in the wake of the shooting to prevent further such attacks, police installed metal detectors at the entrance to the site. Friday’s gunmen, residents of the northern Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, had emerged armed from the compound and opened fire on the police officers stationed outside. The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a “Day of Rage” on Wednesday to protest new security measures installed by Israel at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after a terror attack by three Israeli-Arabs killed two Israeli police officers.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/fatah-calls-for-day-of-rage-amid-new-temple-mount-security-in-wake-of-attack/

 

Protesters rioted in East Jerusalem neighbourhoods overnight Tuesday against new security measures at the Temple Mount, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police and shooting fireworks at Israeli forces. At least 50 Palestinians and one officer were reported hurt.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-hurt-in-riots-over-new-temple-mount-security-measures/

 

Clashes broke out between Muslims and police in the Old City of Jerusalem for the third night in a row on Tuesday, in response to Israel placing metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount compound following a terror attack in the area. After evening prayers at a gate outside the Temple Mount, a group of Muslims “started throwing rocks and bottles at the police officers”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/clashes-again-break-out-in-old-city-as-temple-mount-tensions-heat-up/

 

The first medic to respond to the Temple Mount terror attack was Nedal Sader  a Muslim who frequently prayed at the compound. His organisation United Hatzalah has about 300 Muslim, Druze and Christian volunteers EMTs, paramedics and doctors, who account for about 10 percent of the total

http://www.jta.org/2017/07/17/default/the-first-medic-to-respond-to-the-temple-mount-terror-attack-was-muslim-heres-his-story

 

NRG/Maariv reported that the Mufti of Jerusalem issued a new religious edict for Muslims on Monday: Any Muslim who goes to the Temple Mount to pray at the Mosques, and enters via the Zionist metal detectors, their prayers will be “invalid” and not be received by Allah. The “Zionist metal detectors” were installed as a security measure after last Friday’s fatal terrorist attack when 3 Arab terrorists shot and killed 2 Israeli policeman at the Holy site, using weapons they smuggled in and stored at the Mosques on the Temple Mount.

http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/muqata/allah-wont-accept-prayers-through-a-metal-detector/2017/07/18/

CONTEXT

In 2011 Saudi Lieutenant Colonel Fawaz al-Sahafi, who heads the security team at Mecca’s Holy Mosque, spoke of plans to fit “sophisticated metal and explosive detectors” at the multiple gates.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/15/explosives-detectors-mecca-holy-mosque

 

COMMENT & OPINION

David Horowitz:

 

It’s outrageous that in parts of the Muslim world, Israel is being castigated for installing metal detectors designed to boost security at the holiest place in the world for Jews and the third holiest for Muslims…

 

It’s outrageous that many of those who are castigating Israel for ostensibly “changing the status quo” at the Temple Mount / Al-Aqsa Mosque compound are doing so without so much as mentioning the murderous attack that defiled the holy site and prompted the deployment of the metal detectors…

 

It’s outrageous that the deployment of metal detectors outside the compound is being misrepresented as a change to that post-1967 status quo, when Israel since 1967 has always maintained overall security responsibility for the site, and when Friday’s events manifestly demonstrate the imperative for improved security…

It’s outrageous that the metal detectors are deemed unacceptable when religious sites the world over are secured in exactly the same way, for exactly the same unfortunately necessary reasons…

 

It’s beyond outrageous that, since the compound was reopened by Israel on Sunday, after two days of security sweeps following Friday’s murderous attack, the Waqf officials have overseen what amounts to a boycott of their own holy places — insisting that Muslim worshipers not enter the Al-Aqsa compound so long as the metal detectors remain in place. The religious custodians of the third most holy place in Islam self-evidently loathe the notion of what they portray as a submission to those Jewish-overseen security checks more than they cherish the right and opportunity to pray there…

 

To put it really crudely then, Arabs killed Arabs at a holy place, the Jews are trying to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, and the Arab world is furious with the Jews about it. (As the footage below shows, one of the victims has his back to the compound as the gunmen emerge; he was there to protect them from outside attack.)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/on-temple-mount-israel-long-since-made-its-fundamental-compromise/

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Update: 13 July 2017

 

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CO-EXISTENCE & CO-OPERATION

 

Israeli Energy Minister Steinitz and Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah on Monday signed a deal under which Israel will increase the power supply to Palestinian cities in the West Bank. As part of the deal, a new electrical substation was inaugurated near Jenin that will transmit 60 megawatts of electricity purchased from the Israel Electric Corporation. The internationally-funded substation is one of four to be operated in the area by a PA-owned transmission company and represents the first time the Palestinians will be able to control the distribution of the electricity to their own towns and cities. The station was built by the Israel Electric Corporation, by both Israeli and Palestinian workers, but it is owned by the Palestinian Electric Authority (PEA) and the PA. The IEC also trained Palestinians to work, maintain and fix the site.

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=43743

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-deal-with-israel-pa-takes-historic-step-toward-energy-independence/

 

Israel and the P.A. on Thursday announced an agreement that will provide millions of cubic meters of drinking water to the Palestinians from a desalination process. The deal is part of a larger trilateral agreement for the construction of a 220-kilometer (137-mile) pipeline transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea to benefit Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, and replenish the dwindling Dead Sea. As the water runs down the gradient it will be used to generate electricity that will also power a desalination plant to produce drinking water.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-palestinians-reach-landmark-water-deal-for-west-bank-gaza-strip/

 

High mortality rates from vehicular accidents have spurred Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank to set up a volunteer organization that will campaign for more careful driving; ten people have recently died in a span of ten days on Road 60. The organization will additionally try to fight the use of cars that do not meet the necessary safety standards.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4988967,00.html

 

ATTACK

An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded in a car ramming on Monday. The assailant then exited his vehicle and tried to stab another soldier before he was shot.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/soldier-hurt-in-suspected-west-bank-ramming-attack/

 

THE U.K.

 

Pilots, Navy and Air Force rescue fighters from the British Army completed a three-day joint exercise with their Israeli counterparts Wednesday. Israel’s Black Hawk helicopter squadron hosted the Royal Navy rescue fighters who operate on the twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter from the Royal Air Force (RAF). The British squadron which participated in the drill is stationed in nearby Cyprus.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4988704,00.html

 

BRAVERY AWARD FOR ESSEX SERGEANT

 

Detective Sergeant Richard Burgess, of Essex police, who is also training to be an Anglican priest, has been nominated for a bravery award for saving a Jewish man from a beating by Arabs in Jerusalem  while on holiday in Israel last year.
http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/English-cop-who-stopped-attack-in-Israel-nominated-for-award-499554

 

https://www.policeoracle.com/news/Off-duty-British-police-saving-lives-from-Jerusalem-to-Derbyshire_95186.html

 

 

COUNTER TERRORISM AT CHECKPOINTS

The IDF caught 25 Palestinians carrying knives at checkpoints in the West Bank between April and June this year. Despite the high numbers, as a result of changes to search methods not a single Israeli was harmed and no soldier was forced to open fire on the attacker.  Some checkpoints have a reinforced concrete room with shatter-proof glass, along with a scanning machine capable of detecting and identifying the exact location of metal or sharp objects on the body. The system allows for a comprehensive search without endangering the safety of the soldier who stands in an adjacent room.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4988408,00.html

 

RADIOHEAD

 

Radiohead lead vocalist Thom Yorke in response to criticism from Ken Loach (a British filmmaker) said “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government. We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. As we have in America.” “We don’t endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America,” Yorke said. “Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression. I hope that makes it clear Ken.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/radiohead-defends-israel-gig-after-criticism-from-director-ken-loach/

 

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

 

Suaad Abd-Elhadi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has developed a test that detects Parkinson’s – a degenerative brain disease – both definitively and at an earlier stage.

http://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/1.799726

 

RAJASTAN

 

Growing cooperation between India and Israel has been most beneficial for Rajasthan, with the state receiving the best technical know-how in the agricultural sector and water conservation…With technical assistance from Israel, Rajasthan was among the first states in India to adopt drip irrigation. Crops of olives and dates, which were unfamiliar to Indian farmers, are now gaining acceptance in the state. “There is so much to learn from Israel in the dairy sector, water recycling, horticulture and farming,” said Prabhulal Saini, Agriculture Minister of Rajasthan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/raj-reaps-rich-dividend-of-india-israel-cooperation/articleshow/59463123.cms

 

P.A. SALARIES PAID TO TERRORISTS – PROOF OF MOTIVATION

 

Khaled Rajoub, who tried unsuccessfully to murder Israelis in a vehicular attack on Feb. 2, 2014, told his Israel Police interrogators that his motivation was that his family would receive monthly payments from the PA. “The important thing is that I will die and they will kill me, so that my children will receive a [PA] allowance and live happily.” “Too bad I couldn’t kill anyone, and I am determined. Meaning if you release me now, I will take a car, look for soldiers, run them over, and kill them.”

http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=21512

 

UNESCO

UNESCO, the UN cultural organization, declared the ancient core of Hebron (which includes the biblical Cave of the Patriarchs) in the West Bank as a Palestinian World Heritage site in danger last Friday…

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/world/middleeast/unesco-hebron-world-heritage-site-israel-palestinians.html

 

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said: “The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic on several levels. It represents an affront to history. It undermines the trust that is needed for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to be successful. And it further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency….

https://usun.state.gov/remarks/7893

 

ANCIENT MOSAIC

 

Possibly the oldest known depictions of the Biblical story of Jonah have been found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Israel’s lower Galilee. In the recently discovered mosaic, Jonah’s legs are shown dangling from the mouth of a large fish,.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-mosaic-of-jonah-and-the-whale-found-in-galilee-synagogue/

 

RWANDA

 

Rwandan President Kagame began a two-day visit to Israel on Monday for talks focused on boosting cooperation for the future, but also touching on the two nations’ common experience in the past overcoming the horrors of genocide.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/rwandas-kagame-visiting-as-israel-looks-to-boost-africa-ties/

 

COMMENT & OPINION

 

Stephen Daisley:  In announcing Ma’arat HaMachpelah (The Cave of the Patriarchs) to be ‘Palestinian, Unesco is not only robbing Jews of one of their most sacred places but severing their links to Sarah and Abraham, Rebecca and Isaac, Leah and Jacob. It is a wilful desecration by an organisation charged with preserving the past. Where Palestinians’ cruder methods have failed, their champions across the UN estate have perfected a cleaner, more effective, war on Israel. In place of incitement, denial and instead of violence, rejectionism. Without lifting a finger or pointing a gun, Unesco has driven Jews out of their national and religious story. It is an altogether more respectable form of ethnic cleansing.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/07/unesco-enacted-grim-piece-historical-revisionism-israel/

Sadanand Dhume: Today, many middle-class Indians view Israel not as the neocolonial oppressor of caricature, but as Americans do: A plucky country surrounded by dangerous neighbors that has thrived against the odds. Some are also attracted to Jewish civilization because, like Hinduism, it predates Islam and Christianity…The notion of slowing down India-Israel ties out of deference to either pan-Islamic sentiment worldwide or domestic Muslim sentiment finds few takers

https://www.wsj.com/articles/india-gives-israel-a-firm-embrace-1499362125

 

Robert Fulford: If the Palestinians care about peace, why do they pay salaries to terrorists? Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that these actions, whether blowing up a bus or knifing an old man, are part of a sacred historic movement.

http://nationalpost.com/g00/opinion/robert-fulford-if-the-palestinians-care-about-peace-why-do-they-pay-salaries-to-terrorists/wcm/90543713-e074-47b4-a176-685e4f9c6f67

 

 

VIDEO

 

Yisroel Katz, Israel’s Intelligence Minister, has released a video, complete with graphics, animation and English-narration, outlining his proposal for an  artificial island  off the coast of the Gaza Strip that will host a port, a cargo terminal, a desalination plant and even an airport. Katz says the island will help connect the blockaded Palestinian enclave to the world, while maintaining Israel’s security

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XvBdj6CIO4

 

Israel Update: 6 July 2017

 

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FIRST VISIT TO ISRAEL BY AN INDIAN PRIME MINISTER

Indian Prime Minister Modi arrived in Israel Tuesday for a three-day visit both countries lauded as a historic affirmation of the ties between the two nations. Mr Modi will not visit the Palestinian Authority, an exceedingly rare move for countries with good ties in the Arab world. New Delhi has explained this anomaly as part of a “desire to de-hyphenate” its relationships with Jerusalem and with Ramallah.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/modi-arrives-for-groundbreaking-trip-promises-to-build-strong-ties/

 

“Israel is a real friend and I have really felt that feeling of kinship. I feel absolutely at home here,” Mr Modi said during a meeting with President Rivlin in Jerusalem. “Your Excellency, you yourself broke protocol and stepped onto the road [at the President’s Residence] to receive me, and this is a mark of respect to the entire Indian nation comprising 1.25 billion people,” he added.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/indian-pm-affirms-kinship-with-israel-says-he-feels-at-home-here/

 

10,000 members of the Indian community in Israel welcomed  Mr Modi at an event in honour of his visit on Wednesday in Tel Aviv.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4985411,00.html

 

Mr Modi met Wednesday with Moshe Holtzberg, now ten years old, whose parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, were murdered in the 2008 terror attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai. Moshe, who was 2 years old at the time, survived the attack thanks to his Indian nanny, who came with him to Israel and was granted Israeli citizenship

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mumbai-terror-attack-orphan-tells-modi-he-wants-to-return-to-india/

 

The two prime ministers attended a demonstration of a mobile desalination unit, which included a “wade in the water”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP6I12dyxTQ  & http://www.timesofisrael.com/beach-stroll-by-modi-netanyahu-causes-internet-waves/

Round-up of visit: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Modis-Visit

 

CO-OPERATION

 

A joint exercise between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters took place on Tuesday in Jenin. At the end of the exercise, the two teams of firefighters shared a meal, took a joint photo and promised to carry out additional training.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/149631-170705-israeli-and-palestinian-firefighters-carry-out-joint-exercise

 

GAZA

 

Israel will build a pipeline to treat sewage from Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanun in northern Gaza after the sewage treatment facility there was shut down due to the electricity crisis in Gaza. Currently, the sewage from the Gaza Strip flows through Nahal Hanun, is stored in the sands of Moshav Netiv Ha’asara and pollutes the area and the groundwater. Once every few days, Israeli trucks come and draw the sewage

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4983174,00.html

 

U.S. NAVY VISIT

The U.S. Navy supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush anchored off the Israeli port of Haifa Saturday on a break from operations against Islamic State. The ship dropped anchor three miles offshore and did not enter the port due to its length. The crew celebrated July 4th onshore in Israel.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-navy-carrier-stops-off-israel-break-fight-191550792.html

 

INTERNATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM

 

The rise in the number of Islamist attacks by “lone wolves” in Europe has led to increased liaison on the issue between a number of foreign security agencies and Israel. A British team, according to Whitehall sources, is due to travel to Israel to look at the methods used there in the near future.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/uk-anti-terror-israel-lone-wolf-attacks-help-islamists-advise-westminster-palestinians-london-bridge-a7817286.html

 

MAJOR ATTACK FOILED 

Israeli border police foiled a terror attack Tuesday after finding a bag of knives, stun grenades and firebomb materials during the search of a Palestinian vehicle headed into Jerusalem at a checkpoint outside Bethlehem. The six occupants of the vehicle lacked entry permits and admitted during questioning to planning to carry out a terror attack in Jerusalem.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/border-police-say-terror-attack-foiled-at-west-bank-checkpoint/

 

THE UN

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) reported to UNESCO that the Palestinian request to list Hebron’s Old Town and the Cave of the Patriarchs on the “World Heritage in Danger” list as part of the “State of Palestine” has overly focused on Hebron’s Muslim history to the exclusion of the Judeo-Christian heritage. The PA proposal only focused on Hebron from the Mamluk period of 1250 and onward. “This excludes the extremely important time depth of Hebron, a town whose history can be extended back at least a thousand years before the Mamluk period and possibly much longer,” ICOMOS said.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UNESCO-experts-Hebron-heritage-request-too-focused-on-Muslim-history-498519

 

Israel took nine visiting UN ambassadors representing  Australia, Estonia, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and Togo,  on a tour of the City of David archaeological park in Jerusalem on Sunday in a bid to highlight the Jewish heritage of the holy city following a spate of UN resolutions denying that historic link. They were shown ancient remains believed to be from the Jewish city that stood on the site in biblical times

http://www.timesofisrael.com/9-un-ambassadors-view-jewish-roots-to-jerusalem-on-city-of-david-tour/

 

POST-SCRIPT TO RAMADAN

The IDF respects Muslim soldiers who protect Israel during the long hours of the fasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. After sunset each night, the army prepared for them the special celebratory iftar meal.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-how-does-the-idf-celebrate-ramadan/

 

UGANDA

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been working with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, to develop fish farms that have restored indigenous species of fish previously devastated by Lake Victoria’s invasive Nile perch.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cy8MFePPulo?rel=0

 

RAMON AIRPORT

RyanAir, Monarch, Finnair, SAS and Wizz have signed up to use the new, ultra-modern Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport which is scheduled to open next spring near Eilat. Once Ramon Airport opens, Eilat and Ovda airports will be closed, and at full capacity, the new airport will be able to accommodate up to 2 million passengers per year.

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2017/6/29/new-airport-expected-to-be-a-game-changer-for-southern-israels-tourism-scene#.WV0E5DOZOCc

 

SYRIA

A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights on Friday.The IDF returned fired at the source. This was the 16th time stray fire from battles in Syria had struck Israeli territory in the preceding week.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/mortar-shell-from-syria-lands-on-israeli-golan/SPORT

The 20th Maccabiah Games, the world’s third largest sporting event, opens Thursday.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/opening-thursday-the-jewish-olympics-is-now-the-third-largest-sporting-event-in-the-world/

 

COMMENT & OPINION

Journalist Hunter Stuart recounts how he was exposed to the realities of reporting from Israel and found that his pro-Palestinian views were dramatically changed as a result: I find it odd that once in awhile, foreign news organizations wouldn’t see fit to run an article about Gaza’s wealthy neighbourhoods or million-dollar mosques. But no, they prefer to focus on the tiny minority of the Strip that is still damaged from the war with Israel in 2014 (a war that, by the way, Hamas started) because that is what confirms the narrative …that too many people want to hear.

http://honestreporting.com/exclusive-how-reporting-from-israel-changed-my-worldview-forever/

 

Colin Rubinstein: …in the early days of UNRWA, it operated inside Israel, and aid recipients included Jewish refugees of the war who had previously lived in areas conquered by Jordan and Egypt. That period didn’t last long. Israel quickly absorbed its internally displaced Arab and Jewish refugees, taking them off UNRWA’s rolls, while UNRWA increasingly entrenched itself in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The organisation that originally served, according to its own estimates, 760,000 needy and stateless Palestinian Arab refugees today considers five million Palestinians to be under its mandate, regardless of means-tested needs or even the fact many of these “refugees” hold citizenship elsewhere, like Jordan. Meanwhile, UNRWA’s mandate to resettle these refugees was removed in 1965, formalising a perpetual state of Palestinian dependency on the organisation.

http://www.aijac.org.au/news/article/editorial-the-unrwa-problem

 

Tunku Varadarajan: Modi and Netanyahu have formally acknowledged a civilizational bond between two peoples that share many of the same values and all of the same fears. https://www.wsj.com/articles/modi-and-netanyahu-begin-a-beautiful-friendship-1499296575

 

VIDEO

 

This video features two of Israel’s medical clowns – one Jewish and one Christian Arab – who are cheering up Syrian patients being treated in Israel.

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