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Latest News in Israel – 5th July

Abbas refusing to condemn terror surge, ‘not taking calls’ from world statesmen

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had refused, as of Saturday night, to condemn the current surge in Palestinian terrorism, including the killing of a 13-year-old Israeli girl on Thursday and a father of 10 on Friday. He is also reportedly refusing to take calls from Israeli and world leaders who are seeking to encourage him to speak out.

As of Saturday night, Abbas had made no official statement in response to the killing of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was stabbed to death as she slept in her bedroom at home in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, on Thursday morning, or the drive-by shooting on Friday afternoon of Rabbi Miki Mark

A Channel 2 report on Saturday said numerous Israeli and world leaders had contacted Abbas, pleading with him in particular to speak out publicly in the case of Ariel, but to no avail. Abbas, said the report, is even refusing to take some of the calls.

He has also ordered media loyal to him in the Palestinian Authority to keep the terror cases out of the headlines.

The report said Abbas feels that the PA is growing weaker and losing control, and is concerned that the Israeli cabinet — which was meeting on Saturday night — is about to take punitive measures that will weaken him further.

He is also said to be furious with the international Quartet, which on Friday issued a much-anticipated report that predictably castigated Israel for settlement building but also, unexpectedly, issued withering criticism of incitement against Israel and the glorifying of terrorism by the PA.

“Many widely circulated images depict individuals committing terrorist acts with slogans encouraging violence,” the report states. Incitement to violence on social media, affecting especially young people, has increased since October 2015 (coinciding with the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism; RA), and is particularly affecting the youth, the Quartet further establishes.

The text notes that Hamas and “other radical factions” are behind the worst examples of incitement. “These groups use media outlets to glorify terrorism and openly call for violence against Jews, including instructing viewers on how to carry out stabbings.” But it also blames some “members of Fatah,” Abbas’s party, for having “publicly supported attacks and their perpetrators, as well as encouraged violent confrontation.” It cites a senior Fatah official who praised terrorists as “heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian.”

The PA has publicly renounced terrorism against civilians and commitment to non-violent resistance, the report notes. “Regrettably, however, Palestinian leaders have not consistently and clearly condemned specific terrorist attacks. And streets, squares and schools have been named after Palestinians who have committed acts of terrorism.”

The PA’s Saeb Erekat on Friday blasted the report’s authors. The document, he said, “does not meet our expectations as a nation living under a foreign colonial military occupation.” It “attempts to equalize the responsibilities between a people under occupation and a foreign military occupier,” Erekat protested.  (the Times of Israel)

Palestinian Authority Funds Mourning Tent for Terrorist Who Stabbed 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl to Death; Fatah Official Arrives to Pay Tribute to Family

A Palestinian Authority official closely associated with President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at the mourning tent of the family whose son slaughtered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her Kiryat Arba bedroom on Thursday morning to pay his respects on behalf of the PA, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the tent was funded by the PA, and flags of Fatah, the faction headed by Abbas, were flying overhead, like a tribute to the 19-year-old who was killed by members of the volunteer rescue team that did not make it in time to save Hallel Yaffa Ariel’s life.

Nevertheless, the report said, residents of Bani Naim, the West Bank hometown of 19-year-old terrorist Muhammed Taraiyre, all denied that PA incitement – or upbringing — was behind the brutal murder.

“Muhammed is responsible for his actions – not the family,” the terrorist’s uncle told Walla, when asked whether parents and relatives condemn the slaying. “Young people today read things on Facebook, hear what their friends are saying and then do something. But that was up to him.”

He continued: “Nobody wants his son to commit such as act. But you have to understand: he didn’t belong to any organization – not to Hamas and not to Fatah. He never made extremist statements against Jews or anybody else. He left school that day and worked in a bakery in Dura, where he slept the night before the attack. He didn’t speak to his family about his intentions.”

Nor, said the uncle, does he understand why the terrorist’s sister was taken in for questioning by Israeli security services.

The mayor of Bani Naim, Mahmoud Manasra, said that PA officials have been attempting to calm the young people down. “These are spontaneous terrorist attacks, carried out by individuals,” he told Walla. “These young people don’t consult with or talk to anybody about [their intentions].”

As The Algemeiner reported, however, official PA channels and the mother of the terrorist hailed him as a hero and a “shahid” [martyr].

First, the PA Health Ministry issued the following death notice about Taraiyre: “We are officially announcing the death of the youth, Muhammed Nasser Taraiyre, 19, from the town of Bani Naim, after the occupation fired on him near the settlement of Charsina northeast of Hebron.”

Meanwhile, as was reported by Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah’s official Facebook page promptly posted a picture of Taraiyre and also declared him a “shahid.” PMW also noted that the PA’s news agency, WAFA, also honored Taraiyre as a martyr, and — in an interview with a local Hebron news network — his mother said: “My son is a hero. He made me proud. My son died as a Martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, he [my son] has joined the Martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine. Allah be praised.”

PMW pointed out that, in accordance with PA law, Taraiyre’s family will now begin receiving a monthly stipend — something that is paid to all families of “martyrs.”

In addition, PMW last week revealed comments made by senior Abbas adviser and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who said: “If you would ask me about my personal position, I would tell you — every place you find an Israeli, cut off his head. Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation.”

Taraiyre is not the first resident of Bani Naim to have carried out a terrorist attack. Last week, a girl from the village committed a car-ramming attack, and was killed by Israeli security forces.

Taraiyre then dedicated a poem to her on Facebook.

The day after Taraiyre stabbed Ariel to death, a young girl from his family tried to stab a Border Police officer at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

A number of hours after Ariel’s killing in Kiryat Arba, two Israelis were wounded in a Palestinian stabbing attack at the outdoor market in Netanya. Then, on Friday, Rabbi Michael (Miki) Mark was killed — and his wife and two of his 10 children were injured — in a drive-by shooting on Route 60 in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). As The Algemeiner reported, Mark’s funeral took place on Sunday.                                (the Algemeiner)

In Entebbe, PM says legendary rescue proved Jews ‘were powerless no more’

Israel’s 1976 operation to rescue over 100 hostages from terrorist hijackers in Entebbe proved to the world that Jews were “powerless no more,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday, speaking at the Ugandan airfield where his brother Yonatan was killed during the legendary raid 40 years ago.

Netanyahu kicked off a tour of four African countries with the ceremony that marked one of Israel’s greatest successes in counter-terrorism and one of the most impressive rescue operations ever conducted.

The raid on Entebbe, the prime minister said, “was a watershed moment for my people.”

During the Holocaust, he noted, Jews “were murdered by the millions, stateless. The State of Israel has changed that. It was perhaps in Entebbe where this transformation was seen by the world. We were powerless no more.”

In the summer of 1976, a group of German and Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, demanding the release of dozens of prisoners around the world. In the days that followed, the terrorists released the majority of the hostages, save for the Israelis and some Jewish passengers whom they kept under armed guard in the Entebbe Airport in Uganda, with permission from the country’s dictator Idi Amin.

In a daring nighttime raid, a group of Israeli commandos flew into the airfield and successfully rescued almost all of the hostages. Three passengers died during the operation, as did Yoni Netanyahu, the commander of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, which played a central role in the operation.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who spoke after Netanyahu on Monday, decried Amin’s actions and said Israel was right to have carried out the rescue operation.

Amin’s “hobnobbing with the terrorists was a crime in itself,” Museveni said.

Standing in the same airfield where Yonatan died, Netanyahu spoke of the bravery shown by his brother,who charged to the head of the force that landed in the airport to attack the terrorists.

“Entebbe is always with me, in my thoughts, my consciousness and deep in my heart,” the prime minister said.

The ceremony was attended by members of Knesset, representatives from the IDF’s ground forces and air force, some of the soldiers who fought in Entebbe along with their families, and some surviving hostages and their families.

The son of one of the hostages, now a soldier in the IDF Artillery Corps, lit a memorial torch at the start of the ceremony, filling the area with the smell of fire and smoke.

Addressing the crowd, Netanyahu said he was “moved” to be standing on the ground where IDF troops freed the hostages thousands of kilometers from Israeli soil and thanked those soldiers who took part in the raid.

“Every one of you,” Netanyahu continued, “the soldiers and pilots, whether here or not — you didn’t know whether you would come home. You came to rescue, but you knew that if something went wrong there was no certainty that someone would come to rescue you.”

Turning to the families of the hostages, the prime minister commiserated with those “whose loved ones were killed in or after the operation,” and said that just as they experienced “terrible pain,” so did he upon learning that his brother had been killed.

But despite the terrible price, Netanayhu counted the operation as a success, one that boosted Israel’s reputation in the world.

‘We must condemn all acts of terrorism, regardless of where they are committed’

Netanyahu drew a direct line between that attack and the ongoing global struggle with extremist violence.

In order to defeat terrorism, he said, the world needs two things: “Clarity to distinguish good from evil, and courage to fight back against terrorism. We must condemn all acts of terrorism, regardless of where they are committed.”

Following the speeches, Netanyahu laid a wreath at the airport in memory of his brother and the other people who died in the raid.

During his trip, Netanyahu will visit four African nations — Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia — in order to encourage better business and diplomatic ties between Israel and the continent, making him the first Israeli prime minister to travel there in decades.

In his speech at Entebbe, Netanyahu called Africa a “continent on the rise” and said he was proud to visit.

“Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel,” he said, repeating a slogan he coined when he announced this trip several months ago.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is an extremely moving day for me,” he said, returning to the subject of the Entebbe raid. “Terrorism suffered a stinging defeat.”

That operation, Netanyahu thundered, was proof that “good can triumph over evil.”

(The Times of Israel)

Israel okays 800 new homes in East Jerusalem, West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman approved on Sunday construction plans for some 800 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the surrounding area, as well as hundreds of new homes for an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

According to the plan, 560 new units will be built in Ma’ale Adumim, a West Bank settlement right outside the capital, 140 homes were approved for the Jewish East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot and 100 for the Har Homa neighborhood, in southeastern Jerusalem.

The Eretz-Israel Knesset lobby, chaired by MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), welcomed the plans for Ma’ale Adumim and called for the settlement to be made part of Israel. The lobby launched a campaign on Sunday titled “It’s time for sovereignty,”in cooperation with the Ma’ale Adumim municipality.

Netanyahu and Liberman also authorized construction for 600 new homes in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, a move criticized by the minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Zeev Elkin (Likud).

Elkin welcomed the construction but said building plans must also be approved for the planned Jewish neighborhood of Givat Hamatos, adjacent to Beit Safafa.

“Those who want to maintain a Jewish majority in the capital cannot promote construction for the Arab population only,” said Elkin.

“Six hundred housing units for Arab residents for Beit Safafa [is] essentially the Arab part of the future Givat Hamatos neighborhood. You can’t approve construction for Arabs in Givat Hamatos without also developing construction for Jews in the same neighborhood,” he added.

Elkin called on Netanyahu to “approve construction in Givat Hamatos for Jews too; Jerusalem needs this neighborhood and [the approval] of more than 2,000 units urgently.”

The minister said the neighborhood was of “strategic value to the development of Jerusalem.”

The announcement came a day after Netanyahu and Liberman approved the construction of 42 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, where 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in her bedroom on Thursday morning in the settlement.

The new homes were a part of a series of measures announced by the Israeli government in response to the terror attack in Kiryat Arba, and another attack near Hebron Friday where a family car came under gunfire while driving along Route 60. Miki Mark, a yeshiva head from the settlement of Otniel was killed and his wife seriously injured. Two of their children who were with them in the car were also wounded.

In the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said his government was advancing a series of measures in response to the attacks, including a “special effort to strengthen the communities [in the West Bank].”

“We will submit a special plan for Kiryat Arba at the next cabinet meeting, and my directive to ministers which is to combine measures in all ministries to help communities in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu said.

In response to the attacks since Thursday, the IDF stepped up its troop presence in the West Bank, sending two battalions to help secure settlements and the main roads used by Israelis.

Israel also imposed closures on Hebron and the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, the hometown of Ariel’s killer. The work permits of the town’s residents were canceled in response to the attack.

Politicians and public figures have demanded a tough response to the deadly violence, including the expulsion of terrorists’ families to Gaza or Syria, as suggested by Likud minister Yisrael Katz.

The construction announcements come after a Quartet report Thursday demanded that Israel take urgent steps to halt the expansion of settlements in the West Bank, citing it as one of three “negative trends” that must be quickly reversed to keep the hope of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal alive.               (the Times of Israel)

Facebook defends stance on content standards after Israeli censure over terror

Facebook is doing its share to remove abusive content from the social network, it said on Sunday in an apparent rejection of Israeli allegations that it was uncooperative in stemming messages that might spur Palestinian violence.

Beset by a 10-month-old surge in Palestinian street attacks, Israel says that Facebook has been used to perpetuate such bloodshed and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightist government is drafting legislation to enable it to order social media sites to remove postings deemed threatening.

Ramping up the pressure, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Saturday accused Facebook of “sabotaging” Israeli police efforts by not cooperating with inquiries about potential suspects in the occupied West Bank and by “set(ting) a very high bar for removing inciteful content and posts.”

Facebook did not respond directly to Erdan’s criticism, but said in a statement that it conferred closely with Israel

“We work regularly with safety organizations and policymakers around the world, including Israel, to ensure that people know how to make safe use of Facebook. There is no room for content that promotes violence, direct threats, terrorist or hate speeches on our platform,” the statement said.

It appeared to place an onus on Israeli authorities, as with any other users, to flag offensive content to Facebook monitors.

“We have a set of community standards designed to help people understand what’s allowed on Facebook, and we call on people to use our report if they find content they believe violates these rules, so that we can examine each case and take quick action,” the statement said.

Erdan, who urged Israelis to “flood” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with demands for a policy change, expanded on the Netanyahu government’s complaint in remarks published on Sunday.

Erdan joined Education Minister Naftali Bennett in assigning blame to Facebook for the killings, noting that the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed to death Israeli teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, announced his intentions on the website before committing the murder.

“I have no doubt that Facebook, today, which brought a positive revolution to the world, unfortunately since the rise of ISIS, has simply become a monster,” Erdan said.

“The young generation in the Palestinian Authority suckles all of its incitement against Israel from Facebook and, in the end, goes and commits murders,” he added. “Some of the blood of the victims of the recent attacks, including that of Hallel, may her memory be blessed is unfortunately on the hands of Mark Zuckerberg, because the police and security forces could have been told about the post of that vile murderer.”

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called on social media companies to curb pre-emptively content deemed by Israel to be a security threat.

“We want the companies not to approve and to themselves remove posts by terrorist groups and incitement to terrorism without us having to flag each individual post, in just the same manner, for example, that they today do not allow posts and pages with child pornography,” she told Israel’s Army Radio.                     (Jerusalem Post)

Turkish ship with Gaza-bound aid docks at Ashdod, first since reconciliation

A Turkish ship packed with aid for the Gaza Strip arrived in Israel, the first since Turkey and Israel reached a reconciliation deal that allows such transfers.

The cargo ship docking at Ashdod, just north of Gaza, on Sunday afternoon, was bearing 10,000tons of humanitarian equipment and food, Haaretz reported.

Israel and Turkey last month agreed to fully reestablish ties ruptured by Israel’s raid on a Turkish-flagged aid flotilla in 2010. Israeli commandoes killed ten Turkish nationals in violent encounters during the raid on the ships, which were attempting to breach a blockade on the strip Israel imposed after the 2009 Gaza war with Hamas.

As part of the deal, Israel is keeping the blockade in place, but is easing the transfer of Turkish aid to the strip.

Israel also will pay $20 million in compensation to the families of the Turkish nationals. Turkey will press Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers slain during wars with Hamas and two Israeli citizens still being held in the strip.

Families of the slain soldiers and their supporters protested the arrival of the ship, Haaretz reported.                      (JTA)

Israel thwarts attempt to insert language justifying terror in UN resolution

Israel’s Mission to the United Nations said that it managed to thwart an attempt by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to insert language justifying terrorism in the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy resolution passed on Friday by the General Assembly.

The resolution, which was adopted by consensus, focuses on adapting the UN’s global counter-terrorism strategy to current threats by calling the international community to “step up their efforts” against terror and reaffirm their unequivocal condemnation of terrorism “in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes.”

Yet according to the Israeli mission at the international body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation attempted to include a section in the 15-page resolution stating that “self-determination and national liberation does not constitute terrorism.”

Israel’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador David Roet, addressed the General Assembly on Friday and spoke about the murder on Thursday of Hallel Yafa, and the attack against a family in Hebron on Friday morning.

“Do these murders not constitute terrorism?” he asked. “Do these attackers not constitute terrorists? The UN must decide if it wants to be a relevant actor in facing the challenges of terrorism in the 21st century, or does if it prefers to cave in to narrow political interests of a number of member-states,” Roet said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the decision to adopt the resolution, and encouraged member states to “adopt national and regional plans of action to prevent violent extremism, and to implement the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced                    (Jerusalem Post)

The dangers of a violent spiral

Security cabinet weighs tougher measures after latest attacks

by Yossi Melman        The Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-The-dangers-of-a-violent-spiral-459330

For the first time in two years, Israel finds itself on the brink of Gaza war No. 4. The rapid spiral of violence this weekend was intensely reminiscent of the events that led to Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014 – a war which neither Israel nor Hamas wanted.

The violent weekend began on Thursday morning, with the murder of Hallel Yafa Ariel, the 13-year-old from Kiryat Arba who was stabbed to death in her bed by a Palestinian terrorist.

Subsequently, a terrorist attack that afternoon in the Netanya market resulted in two Israelis wounded and the Palestinian attacker killed.

On Friday, a female Palestinian terrorist was killed after she tried to attack a border policewoman with a knife near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Later that day, Rabbi Michael Mark was killed, his wife was seriously wounded and their two children lightly hurt when terrorists attacked their car in a drive-by shooting near Hebron.

Israel responded by sealing off a large area in the Hebron district, the largest since 2014, when that closure aimed to find the murderers of three kidnapped yeshiva students. It also resulted in the arrests of hundreds of Hamas activists, which led the Gaza-based Islamist movement to increase the rocketing of Israeli villages and cities in the South.

Now, too, the purpose of the closure is to locate and arrest the terrorist who killed Mark and to collect intelligence, but there is an inherent potential for a volatile Palestinian response – and with it a vicious cycle of violence on both sides.

On Friday night, a rocket fired from Gaza hit a community center in Sderot, the first attack since the war of 2014. A small salafist group which challenges Hamas claimed responsibility.

But as far as the Israeli government is concerned, there is only one address responsible for maintaining peace: Hamas.

In the standard ritual developed since the last war, Israel’s reaction to every rocket is an air force strike. As such, according to an IDF statement, four Hamas targets were hit before dawn on Saturday.

During a security cabinet discussion on Saturday night, Education Minister Naftali Bennett suggested that several measures be taken, but all of them smell of “more of the same.”

For Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, this will be his first test. In the past, he found himself in an inflammatory contest with Bennett to undermine the authority of his predecessor, Moshe Ya’alon. Now he is the target for Bennett’s arrows.

So far, it seems that Lieberman sides with the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in their recommendations of how to deal with the situation.

Right now, Israel’s perfunctory and procedural responses to such events seems to have been exhausted. House demolitions, closures, freezing tax money of the Palestinian Authority, revoking the work permits of terrorists’ relatives and beefing up the presence of IDF in the West Bank have all been put in motion.

Two more battalions were sent to the West Bank over the weekend, where already 60 percent of conscripts are assigned to police duties. The security establishment continues to hold the view that Israel must continue to isolate the terrorists by allowing the rest of the population to continue with its daily routine and not to impose collective punishment, a tactic many believe led to the second intifada over a decade ago.

The attacks of the last few days are not different from those of the ongoing campaign of terrorism since last September. They were carried out by relatively young individuals from the West Bank and east Jerusalem with no organizational affiliation, or by illegal workers inside Israel.

Hebron, on the other hand, is known to be a stronghold for Hamas and other small Salafist groups and continues to be a breeding ground for terrorism.

The cabinet and security establishment acknowledge that there is no magical formula here. As long as there are no negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, and no hope for a diplomatic breakthrough on the horizon, there will terrorist attacks with varying intensity.

Since the beginning of the terrorist wave 10 months ago, 41 Israelis and two foreigners as well as more than 200 Palestinians were killed (in 2015, 357 Israelis were killed in road accidents).

Is this a tolerable level of violence, which both sides are willing to absorb while they go about their daily routine? So far, it seems that Israelis and Palestinians don’t consider it too heavy a price to pay to maintain the status quo.

However, this weekend indicates a fragile situation in which each incident – even a minor one – can pose a serious danger of escalation.

It’s time for Uncle Sam to stop funding Palestinian terror

New York Post Editorial

http://nypost.com/2016/07/01/its-time-for-uncle-sam-to-stop-funding-palestinian-terror/

Just what will it take to cut off US funding for Palestinian terror?

That question has taken center stage amid the wave of murderous “lone wolf” attacks against Israeli civilians, egged on by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Thursday, a Palestinian killed a sleeping 13-year-old girl in the West Bank. The next day, another opened fire on a car, killing a dad and wounding his wife and two kids.

Since September, the terror spree has left 40 dead and 430 injured. And every one of the terrorists — or their families — gets a hefty reward from Abbas’ PA.

Meanwhile, hundreds of millions flow to the PA from the West, including America. Which means US tax dollars are, in effect, going to pay for terrorist acts. (And here you thought we were fighting terror.)

Congress may be finally moving to end the outrage. Both houses are considering legislation to cut US aid to the PA by the amount given to Palestinian terrorists and their families. The key will be to make the bill loophole-proof, as the PA has skirted earlier attempts to curb its terror subsidies.

To be sure, some warn against cutting aid to Abbas & Co. for any reason. They fear it could destabilize the closest thing to a moderate regime the Palestinians may ever have.

Israeli officials have made that point. But the latest attacks spurred Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government this week to roll back the amount of Palestinian tax revenue it hands the PA, by deducting what the PA pays to its killers.

“Payouts to terrorists and their relatives constitute an incentive to murder,” a government statement said. No kidding.

Sending US tax dollars to the PA, only to see them go to reward terror, is a moral obscenity.

Congress should do all it can to curb the practice — pronto.

Turkish Shipment Arrives at Kerem Shalom

Video: https://youtu.be/3b90FpV9nms

Earlier today, ( 04/07/2016) the first truck from the Turkish transport ships arrived from Ashdod Port to the Kerem Shalom crossing. The truck contained a shipment of toys (dolls and teddy bears) as well diapers in cartons bearing the Turkish flag.

Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority personnel and COGAT officials unloaded the goods and are preparing them for transfer into Gaza.

Running for the medal at the Olympics

Donald Sanford, Israel’s Olympic Hope in the 400 metre dash, is running for a medal at the Brazil Olympic Games.               (MFA)