Israel Update: 13.9.2018
G’Mar Chatimah Tovah to all my readers. HRG
ISRAEL SAVES CHILDRENS’ LIVES
Noorina is five years old and lives in Afghanistan. In July, her father brought her to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery arranged by Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli medical charity based at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon… The first Israeli NGO ever to win a UN Population Award, SACH was founded in 1995 and has treated more than 4,800 children from 57 countries, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories, and trains cardiology teams from those countries.
Israel’s Defence Minister said on Sunday (the eve of the Jewish New Year) that the IDF had thwarted several terror attacks in the last few days meant to disrupt Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Israeli security services documented 255 attacks last month
Following months of kites and balloons terrorism, Gazans weaponized yet another tool as they set fire to dozens of tyres and set them afloat on rafts in an attempt to reach Israel’s maritime border on Monday; meanwhile, dozens of Gazan boats tried to approach Israeli waters prompting theIDF to fire warning shots.
Four Gazans carrying a knife and an axe were arrested Saturday while trying to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza. On Friday last week, 7,000 Palestinians took part in the weekly clashes at the border, hurling rocks, firebombs and a grenade at soldiers. Arson balloons were flown across the border, causing two fires.
The IDF on Thursday detonated a large bomb that had been placed along the Gaza security fence by Gazans during a recent riot. “The planting of the explosive device by the terrorist cell under the cover of a violent demonstration is further evidence that the Hamas terror group is working to maintain the conflict in the fence area and to injure IDF soldiers, while using residents of Gaza as human shields and as cover for terrorist activities,” the army said.
Police on Tuesday said they arrested three people on suspicion of causing a blaze at a nature reserve close to the Dead Sea, amid reports that 500 dunams (123 acres) of vegetation had been damaged including rare species of plants. Of the three, two of the suspects are residents of East Jerusalem and one is from the West Bank.
Arab-Israeli MK Ayman Odeh met EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to request that the body condemn and call for the cancellation of Israel’s new nation-state law. However, an EU spokesperson said that the law “is first and foremost a matter of how Israel chooses to define itself, and we fully respect the internal Israeli debate on this.
Israeli athlete Linoy Ashram has won a silver medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships . She subsequently won a bronze medal for her ribbon routine. Video link:
Israel is among a handful of major global exporters that are strictly enforcing a worldwide pact against foreign bribery, a report published Wednesday by watchdog Transparency International found. Just seven countries – the U.S., Germany, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Norway and Israel – were classed as “active” enforcers of the agreement, the highest rating
Organizers of the Eurovision contest have announced that next year’s show will take place in Tel Aviv, which beat rival bids from Jerusalem and Eilat . The contest will take place at the EXPO Tel Aviv International Convention Centre (the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds) with the semifinals to be held on May 14, & 16, and the grand finale on May 18.
Israel’s Startup Nation Central (SNC) recently sent a delegation of agri-tech experts to Kenya for a project to improve food security in the country. The delegation partnered with the Nairobi-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which works to “increase the incomes and improve food security for 30 million farming households in 11 African countries by 2021.”
Israel Aerospace Industries and the UK-based Effective Space, an aerospace startup that works to “deliver, position, maintain, monitor and guarantee space assets in orbit and beyond,” announced on Wednesday that they had signed a cooperation agreement that includes technological and financial partnerships.
An elevator technology that could save lives in a high-rise fire. Salamandra Zone an Israeli startup is testing its solution to turn the elevator (lift) into a travelling ‘safe room’ that can facilitate rescue. operations.
Israel’s Flytrex, a startup that uses drones to deliver food to Icelanders, has struck up a partnership with North Dakota’s King’s Walk Golf Course and EASE Drones, a U.S. provider of drone services, to launch “the first fully operational golf course drone delivery system in the U.S.” The service will enable patrons to order food and beverages from the course’s clubhouse restaurant straight to the greens.
COMMENT & OPINION
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury:The Israeli government allows only Muslims to offer prayers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in order not to offend Islamic sensibilities. Despite the Temple Mount being Judaism’s holiest place, the site is managed by an Islamic religious committee [Waqf] with a history of destroying priceless Jewish artifacts unearthed at the site. Israel is home to over 400 mosques, a fivefold increase since 1988. The Israeli government also provides the salaries of 300 imams and muezzins, as well as funding for Islamic schools and colleges throughout the country.
Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and Kobi Michael: UNRWA adds some 10,000 new fifth and sixth generation refugees to its lists per month, recognizes some two million Jordanian citizens of Palestinian descent as Palestinian refugees, and grants refugee status to convicted terrorists.
UNRWA has nearly 30,000 employees (the majority are Palestinian) to care for 5.6 million Palestinian refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) employs 9,300 people to address the needs of 39 million refugees and displaced persons. The budget allocated to each Palestinian refugee under the auspices of UNRWA is 40% higher than the budget allocated to refugees under UNHCR auspices. UNRWA in its current format is designed to perpetuate Palestinian refugee status and cultivate the next generation of Palestinians on the ethos of returning to their ancestral homes in Israel. While dismantling UNRWA will not change the Palestinian narrative, prolonging the agency’s current operational framework sends a message that does not help narrow conceptual gaps between the sides.
Alex Brummer: The Palestinians are the only group in the world which has a specific agency which aims to preserve a refugee status which is unnecessary and inequitable. The real hope for the Palestinians are programmes such as those run by the World Bank which seek to unleash enterprise and economic development, not to preserve a dependence culture.