Israel Update: 11.10.2018
An Arab terrorist murdered two Israeli fellow employees at the Barkan Industrial Park on Sunday. The victims were Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29, a married mother of a baby, from the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin and Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Lezion. https://www.timesofisrael.com/woman-killed-in-terror-shooting-identified-as-kim-levengrond-yehezkel-29/
During Sunday’s attack, Sara Vaturi was shot in the stomach but survived by hiding under a desk. After a few minutes, she said, two stock-keepers — Basel, a Palestinian, and Yogev, a Jew — arrived and tended to her until paramedics arrived and took her to a hospital. Recalling her murdered colleagues she said:“Kim, a young mother, would come every morning to the factory with a smile and show me pictures of her son and tell me how much she loved him. ..Ziv was a father of three children who I met during summer vacation when he brought them here. A wonderful young man. He was our accountant. It is so painful.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said:“The appropriate response to the murderous attack in Barkan is to continue to strengthen the joint industrial zones. We shall not allow abominable terrorists to harm coexistence,”
On Thursday, an Arab terrorist stabbed a reservist soldier in the face & upper body at a West Bank bus stop. A woman was lightly injured by shrapnel during an attempt to arrest the perpetrator.
WEST BANK INDUSTRIAL ZONES
Israel has established 16 West Bank industrial zones which employ approximately 11,100 Palestinians alongside Israeli workers on the same employment conditions and salaries…The most significant industrial zones in terms of Palestinian employment are Mishor Adumim, providing work for 4,400 Palestinians; Barkan, the site of this week’s attack, which employs 3,300 Palestinian workers; and Ariel, which employs 2,100 workers.
The IDF destroyed an advanced Hamas offensive tunnel on Thursday that had crossed from Gaza some 200 metres into Israel. It was the 15th tunnel detected and destroyed by the military since October 2017. The tunnel stretched over a kilometre and was fitted with an electricity and phone network
Thousands of Gazans threw grenades, bombs and rocks and rolled burning tyres toward Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel on Monday. Meanwhile, dozens of Gazan boats were intercepted by Israeli Navy boats
During Monday’s riots, a grenade blew up in the hand of the Gazan trying to throw it at IDF soldiers. Both he and others in his vicinity were injured.
WHAT LIFE IS LIKE FOR ISRAELI COMMUNITIES NEAR GAZA
Gazans rioting near the Gaza border fence has in recent weeks been continuing into the night. Almost every evening, hundreds and at times thousands of Gazans gather at different spots and riot until midnight, hurling explosive devices, grenades, stones and firecrackers at IDF forces, and launching incendiary balloons and kites. Gazans have also taken to playing recordings of the Code Red rocket-alert siren, using megaphones to scare Israelis living near the border.
Residents of one Israeli community reported hearing shouting in Hebrew saying: “We’re coming to kill you through the tunnels; we’ll burn down your town.”
Residents of Kerem Shalom, and particularly young children, have been suffering from breathing difficulties and vomiting caused by the smoke from burning tyres.
Representatives of the Environmental Protection Ministry carried out several air quality monitoring tests and recommended on Wednesday that residents “close themselves up in their homes.”
Over the past six months, 11,920 dunams (some 3,000 acres) of farmland and woodland have been burned in fires caused by incendiary kites and balloons flown from Gaza into Israel, the Jewish National Fund, which has been planting trees in Israel for over a century, reported. 1,053 fires have consumed countless of trees in the Be’eri, Kissufim, Shokeda, Hannun, and HaBesor Stream forests. The rehabilitation of these forests is expected to take years. Furthermore, hundreds of wild animals perished in the fires
INCENDIARY BALLOONS IN OR NEAR JERUSALEM
Israel Police neutralized an incendiary device attached to a balloon on Monday in the courtyard of a home in the community of Givat Ze’ev, 5 km. north of Jerusalem.
Israel Police sappers were called in Wednesday to neutralize an incendiary device attached to a balloon that landed in a construction site in the German Colony in the heart of Jerusalem.
The Israeli Defence Minister last week called on Europe to stop its “flagrant interference” in Israel’s plans to resettle residents of the illegal Bedouin encampment of Khan al-Ahmar near Jerusalem. He wrote that “Khan al-Ahmar is a cluster of makeshift shacks erected illegally” by members of the Abu-Dahuk clan of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe, housing 28 families.
“The compound is situated precariously close to the adjacent highway, presenting an imminent safety hazard to its residents…Your governments are condoning the continued exposure of these people and their children to serious health and safety hazards, forcing them to reside in a place without even minimal health and electric and fire-safety conditions.” Israel wants to provide these Bedouin families with “plots of land, provision of proper water and sewage infrastructures, telecommunications and safe electrical connectivity, and the construction of a new school”…Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled that it is legal to relocate the shantytown, as it has ruled on the evacuation of illegally built Jewish homes in the West Bank. “Thus, with all due respect, Israel’s fiercely independent and highly respected High Court needs no lectures on jurisprudence, with respect to international law or otherwise.” https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Liberman-to-Europe-Stop-your-flagrant-interference-on-Khan-al-Ahmar-568805
THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
Dr. Arnon Gross, a former senior news anchor for Israel Radio in Arabic, researched the latest Palestinian textbooks published by the PA Education Ministry in Ramallah and found a “depressing” change for the worse. When PA President Abbas leaves his post, he will have bequeathed a dark legacy of incitement embedded in the minds of Palestinians. Gross discovered that in each instance in an earlier textbook of even the slightest hint of deviation from the lexicon of hatred toward Israel and Jews, the authors later corrected the “mistake.” A new generation of Palestinians is being raised on these texts, which are extinguishing even the smallest thought of co-existence with Israel.
For comparison, he analyzed textbooks in the Israeli education system. In these books, he says, the authors write about peace as the only solution to the conflict.
The most important religious figure in the Palestinian Authority, Supreme Shari’a Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, appointed by PA Chairman Abbas as his personal advisor on Islam, recently stated that Israelis/Jews are the “enemies of Islam,” have a “culture of Satan,” and represent “evil.”
Former ISIS captive and slave, Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. During a visit to Israel in 2017, she said, “Like the Jews, the Yazidis have an ancient history thousands of years old. Despite recurring persecution, both our people have survived.” “My time in Israel has shown me that in the wake of oppression and genocide, a community can emerge stronger.”
Israeli firm Lumenis’ “Moses” technology helps bust urinary stones faster and more efficiently and is seen as a game changer by urologists. https://www.timesofisrael.com/moses-a-new-stone-striking-method-seen-as-game-changer-for-urologists/
COMMENT & OPINION
Gerald M. Steinberg:Today, European politicians, diplomats, and NGOs are busy drawing new borders for what they imagine to be a “solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are currently focusing their attention on the tiny encampment of Khan al-Ahmar, situated strategically just outside Jerusalem on the four-lane highway that connects Israel’s capital to the Dead Sea and the Jordan River.
For three decades, Israel has rejected all the efforts to turn Khan al-Ahmar into a Palestinian outpost along the strategic highway near Jerusalem. As 20 years of Israeli court rulings have confirmed, the law clearly prohibits anyone – Palestinians, Bedouin and Europeans – from squatting on land that is not theirs and starting to build. The Oslo accords declared Area C, where Khan al-Ahmar is located, to be under full Israeli control. Yet the Europeans have dotted Area C with EU flags hoisted above one-room pre-fabricated huts which, to add to the emotional impact, are usually declared to be schools.