Israel Update: 21 April-2 May 2017

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Within one week Israelis commemorated Yom HaShoah  (Holocaust Memorial Day, April 23/4), the date coinciding with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and mourned on Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day, April 30/May 1) the country’s 23,544 victims of war and terrorism.,7340,L-4956006,00.html



After the solemnity and sadness of these days, the nation rejoiced on Yom Ha’Atzmaut (May 1/2) celebrating the modern State of Israel’s 69th birthday.,7340,L-4956161,00.html






Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the P.A. said:
”Israel gives us – unlike the security establishments in many other countries, including Western ones – quick access to senior officials in the IDF, the Prison Service, and other security services. We have useful, productive and professional dialogue with them. We clarified with them the issue of shooting assailants who carry out terror attacks and we reached an unequivocal conclusion that there is no IDF order to shoot suspects to kill, as political officials tried to convince us. The rules of engagement haven’t changed, and have actually been made stricter.”
 “We respond to anyone who makes the argument that Israel is an apartheid state: No, there is no apartheid here. There isn’t a regime here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial inferiority.”,7340,L-4953648,00.html





On Tuesday, Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon wrote to UN Security Council President Nikki Haley regarding Hezbollah’s continued violations of UNSC resolutions. The terrorist organization has amassed over 150,000 rockets & missiles in the midst of South Lebanon’s civilian population.



UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the WJC on Sunday 23/4 , “A modern form of anti-Semitism is the denial of the right of the State of Israel to exist. As secretary-general of the United Nations I can say that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state, with exactly the same rules.”



All 100 U.S. senators signed a letter asking the UN Secretary General to address entrenched bias against Israel, stating (inter alia) “Continued targeting of Israel by the UN Human Rights Council and other UN entities is unacceptable.”…
”Since it is rare for all 100 senators to agree on an issue, this letter sends a powerful bipartisan message to the UN that its anti-Israel bias must end,” said an AIPAC spokesman



UNESCO passed yet another resolution ignoring the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Ten countries voted against: US, Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine, Togo, and Germany.




Hana Khatib was appointed the first-ever female judge to serve in Israel’s sharia court system. Her unanimous appointment, hailed by some Arab lawmakers as “historic”, was made by the Committee to Elect Sharia Judges, headed by Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.


Muslim clerics slammed Khatib’s appointment.


Israel’s police officers will reportedly be required to learn Arabic as part of an effort by the Israel Police to improve policing among the country’s Arab population. According to a report, the aim of increasing the number of Arabic speakers in the police force will be to help combat the higher levels of crime among Israeli Arabs, by improving both intelligence and relations with Arab communities.





Nucleix of Rehovot,(Israel)  has received the CE Mark of approval to market Bladder EpiCheck in the E.U. Based on epigenetics, the inexpensive, noninvasive Bladder EpiCheck urine test helps urologists to better monitor their bladder-cancer patients.






A Palestinian Arab wounded four people in Tel Aviv on Sunday 23/4. The assailant was apprehended. He had an entry permit issued at the request of Natural Peace Tours, a travel and tourism service for Palestinians which is supposed to forge relationships between Palestinians and Israelis. The victims were identified as a man in his 70s, as well as two men and a woman in their 50s.



A female Israeli soldier was wounded on Monday 24/4 when a Palestinian Arab woman stabbed her at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem.






After shots were fired at Israeli troops operating on the Israeli side of the Gaza security fence on Thursday, an IDF tank destroyed a Hamas position in central Gaza. Israel holds Hamas as ultimately responsible for any attack from Gaza.



The IAF destroyed around 100 Syrian missiles in its attack last month on weapons in Syria – many of which were to be delivered to Hizbullah






IDF troops shot a Palestinian Arab who attempted to stab them at a bus stop near a junction outside Nablus. He took out a knife and ran at the troops.



IDF soldiers thwarted a second stabbing attack in two days at the same place near Nablus.,7340,L-4954197,00.html




Labour Friends of Israel chairman Joan Ryan MP urged the government to seek assurances from PA leader Abbas that the murderer of British student Hannah Bladon will not now be paid a salary by the PA for his act of terrorism. The letter also called on the British government to request that the PA publically condemn the murder.






According to this IMPACT-se report, the Palestinian elementary school curriculum for 2016-17 is significantly more radical than previous curricula…the curriculum teaches students to be martyrs, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel, and focuses on a “return” to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.Children are taught to be expendable (“I shall sacrifice my blood to saturate the land”). Maths books use numbers of dead martyrs to teach arithmetic.






Nir Barkat the Mayor of Jerusalem said that Arabs lived better in his city than anywhere else in the Mideast. He regards all of the capital’s diverse residents as “his children”.



Hugh Bonneville (star of Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve and W1A) is in Jerusalem for two weeks, filming a documentary, “Countdown to Calvary,” about the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.






The story of Yahya Mahemed, an Arab-Israeli whose extraordinary journey led him to question the anti-Israel propaganda he experienced in his childhood and who now as a ‘Zionist Muslim,’ is working to help others experience the same revelation.






Einat Wilf: Israel came into being after World War II not ‘thanks’ to the Holocaust, but thanks to Britain’s imperial dissolution. Just as India and Pakistan required no Holocaust to attain their independence and come into being, so too Israel. To think that only the act of absolute evil against the Jews could legitimate a state for the Jews is to deny the Jews what is taken for granted for all others. The Jewish people would have achieved their state sooner or later as part of the wave of liberation of peoples around the world. Their vision, determination, industry and willingness to fight for their state would have ensured it.         To portray Israel as the outcome of the Holocaust is to engage in Zionism Denial. It robs the Jews of their agency, their history, their historical connection to the land of Israel and their yearning to return to it. It erases all that was dreamt, written, done and achieved by the Zionists before World War II. It turns Israel into a colonial project of guilty Europeans rather than a national liberation project of an indigenous people reclaiming their homeland…

Israelis do not ‘revel’ in the Holocaust as a source of legitimacy for their state. They mourn a vision of a state that could have been home to so many more…



Jack Schwartz: The Jewish state owes its creation to a string of contingencies which either predated, or were independent of, the destruction of Europe’s Jews between 1941 and 1945…