Israel Update: 1.6. 2017
Israeli trauma experts have landed in Manchester to treat victims and to train medical staff. As at 29 May, 90 English mental health professionals have undergone training from the Israeli staff.
Following a meeting Wednesday between Israel’s Finance Minister the and the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Prime Minister, Israel has reportedly agreed to give the P.A. expanded powers in parts of the West Bank that were until now solely under Israeli control as part of a package of economic incentives.
Israel announced last Friday that restrictions on Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza will be eased during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, including easier access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the issue of more travel permits and more people to be allowed to fly abroad from Ben Gurion airport.
Israeli company SodaStream has rehired 74 Palestinian employees following renewed work permits. “We are delighted to welcome back our 74 devoted Palestinian employees, who are able to join their 1,500 friends at our Rahat facility in the Negev,” said the Sodastream CEO.
The Czech Parliament approved on Wednesday 24 May (Jerusalem Day) the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The parliament also condemned recent UNESCO decisions that do not recognize the rights of Jews to Jerusalem and called on the government to stop payments to UNESCO.
The Danish foreign minister has reportedly ordered a review of his government’s donations to P.A. non-governmental organizations and will not approve any new funding until the probe is completed.
From Palestinian Media Watch: The names that the Palestinian Authority has chosen for its schools encourage children to see terrorists as personal role models and heroes.The PA Ministry of Education has named at least 28 schools after terrorists and at least 3 schools after Nazi collaborators.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister condemned the P.A. for naming a women’s centre in the West Bank town of Burqa, that his country partially funded, after female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre when Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 38 Israeli civilians including 13 children. He said:” Norway will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of terrorists in this way. We will not accept the use of Norwegian aid funding for such purposes,” adding. “We have asked for the logo of the Norwegian representation office to be removed from the building immediately, and for the funding that has been allocated to the centre to be repaid.”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the UN has stopped supporting a West Bank community centre named for Dalal Mughrabi. He said: “The glorification of terrorism, or the perpetrators of heinous terrorist acts, is unacceptable under any circumstance,”
The West Bank town of Burqa vowed that it would not rename a women’s centre named after a female Palestinian terrorist, after the facility’s international backers pulled their support and lambasted the Palestinians for glorifying terrorism.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon announced his election as a vice president of the U.N. General Assembly as a representative of the Western European and Others (WEOG) group. He will chair General Assembly meetings when the president is absent, have a say in setting the agenda and oversee “the rules and decorum during the sessions,” There are 21 vice presidents of the General Assembly.
The Israeli organization Just Beyond Our Border raised over NIS 2 million (approx. £440,000) in crowd funding campaigns to buy medical supplies for children suffering in Syria’s civil war; ‘This is our time to make a statement that the Syrian people are not our enemies. They’re our neighbours, and as people we need to take care of them,’ says one member.
P.A. President Abbas has reportedly appointed a convicted Israeli Arab terrorist to the governing body of his Fatah party. The terrorist with his cousin kidnapped and murdered IDF soldier Avraham Bromberg on November 26, 1980. He is serving a 40-year sentence.
The P.A. has paid out some NIS 4 billion — or $1.12 billion — over the past four years to terrorists and their families, a former director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and ex-head of the army’s intelligence and research division told a top Knesset panel on Monday.
Rawabi is making progress even though the PA has paid nothing toward it. For the Palestinian city of the future to achieve its destiny, Rawabi needs to attract the right residents, and now it has a vital component — a $450 million business and shopping centre replete with the world’s top brands.
A Border Police officer was stabbed in Netanya on Tuesday 23 May in what police said was likely a terror attack. He shot his Palestinian attacker.
A civilian at the scene was lightly injured from glass shards.
A Palestinian woman stabbed an IDF soldier, lightly injuring him, as he guarded the gate of a northern West Bank settlement on Thursday morning. Other soldiers on the scene shot the assailant wounding her.
A rocket from the Sinai Peninsula was fired toward Israel on Tuesday 23 May, on the second day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country. The rocket landed in Israel, but did not cause any damage or casualties.
A Palestinian man attempted to stab Israeli border police at a guard post in the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, police said Monday 22 May. The attacker was killed.
A Palestinian was arrested Wednesday 24 May at a checkpoint in the West Bank carrying two pipe bombs.
Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its star, Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
POST SCRIPT TO TRUMP VISIT
An angry Trump reportedly yelled at Abbas during their talks last Tuesday for his alleged direct involvement in incitement against Israel:
“You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],” Trump is said to have shouted at a shocked Abbas.
The TV report said the outburst was followed by several minutes of shocked silence from the Palestinians, and that the meeting was very tense before the two sides managed to get back on track.
Following insistent Palestinian denials that US President Donald Trump shouted at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about Palestinian incitement against Israel during their meeting last week, Abbas has conceded — in Arabic — that the story is true, according to a report by the London-based Qatari news site al-Araby al-Jadid.
During his visit to Yad Vashem, President Trump took a few minutes to meet and chat to a young Israeli girl who has been fighting cancer for 7 years and whose dream is to meet presidents and other world leaders.
COMMENT & OPINION
Yair Lapid (Chairman of Yesh Atid party): In May 1980, four Palestinian terrorists shot and killed six unarmed Israeli civilians and injured 20 more outside Beit Hadassah in Hebron in the West Bank. Two of the victims were American citizens. One was a decorated Vietnam veteran. This week, there were local elections in the Palestinian Authority. The new Fatah mayor of Hebron was Tayseer Abu Sneineh, one of the four terrorists who carried out the attack.
Einat Wilf: In 2000 and 2008, the Arab Palestinians refused to say “yes” to Israeli proposals that would have ended the military occupation of the West Bank. For most Israelis, the repeated Palestinian failures to say “yes” reinforced the view that more than they wanted a state for themselves, they wanted to deny a state to the Jewish people.
It is necessary to demonstrate to the Muslim-Arab world that their view of history is wrong, and that rather than constituting a second Crusader state, Israel is the sovereign state of an indigenous people who have come home.