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Bezalel Smotrich, a far-right member of Israel’s Knesset, has sparked renewed anger after he attempted to compare Britain’s communal leaders with those of German Jewish leaders in pre-Nazi Germany.

Seizing on the release of the latest report on incidents of anti-Semitism by the Community Security Trust, which showed record numbers over the past year, Smotrich reportedly accused communal leaders here of behaving ‘more like non-Jews’ in their response to Jew hatred. .

Board of Deputies chief executive Michael Wegier — who gave a high-profile interview broadcast in Israel describing widespread opposition to Smotrich’s anti-Arab, anti-LGBT and anti-Reform Judaism views — said his latest comments “ do not deserve an answer”.

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In comments reported by The Jerusalem Post, Smotrich said after leaving the UK on Thursday: “It’s ridiculous to talk about anti-Semitism on a day when a report comes out on the massive rise of anti-Semitism in Britain. , long before my arrival.

“Those who say that the way to deal with anti-Semitism is to hide who and what we are are repeating the terrible strategy of the German Jewish community before the Second World War, who thought that if there is anti-Semitism, let’s be more like non-Jews and they will forgive and accept us.

Michael Wegier speaking at a Jewish News event in Tel Aviv in 2018

“The opposite is true. The response to anti-Semitism must be a strong and secure Israel that can justify the Zionist vision…”

Smotrich also struck out again at the Board of Deputies after the communal organization tweeted its disgust at his UK visit.

“Get back on the plane, Bezalel, and be remembered as a shame forever,” the Council tweeted on Wednesday.

The communal organisation’s tweet added that the MP’s views ’caused hatred’ and called on British Jews to ‘show him the door’.

But Smotrich said on Thursday: “Countless people have told me they’re embarrassed by their [Board] tweet and it doesn’t speak for them,” he said.

“People told me they drove for hours just to shake my hand. There are so many people who want me to talk now, I could stay a week.

Smotrich flew to the UK, and later to France, also garnering support from Orthodox Jewish leaders who are worried about the conversion reforms planned by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government.

Arriving in the UK on Wednesday, Smotrich had been pictured meeting with Mizrachi UK chief executive Rabbi Andrew Shaw – and two shlichim (emissaries) from the Zionist youth movement Bnei Akiva UK.

Mizrachi UK and Bnei Akiva UK issued statements aimed at distancing their organizations from the meeting.

But Jewish News can reveal that Rabbi Shaw once defended Smotrich in an article written on the Mizrachi UK website.

Rabbi Shaw quoting extensively from Smotrich

In an article published on the UK charity’s website in June 2019, Rabbi Shaw noted how “Bezalel Smotrich, a Zionist cleric, said he would like a world in which Israel is governed according to law. of the Torah. ”

Shaw said the comments “generated significant opposition” – including a tweet from then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wrote, “The State of Israel will not be a halachic state.”

Despite widespread anger and criticism over Smotrich’s call for the introduction of Torah law in Israel, Rabbi Shaw wrote that the far-right MK’s views coincided with those “dreamt” of the founder of Mizrachi, Rabbi Yitzchak Reines in 1902.

Shaw then added, “Mizrachi UK believes the Torah should be at the center of Zionism and also views Jewish nationalism as a tool to achieve religious goals.”

In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, Mizrachi UK said it had been “invited to a meeting with Bezalel Smotrich. We saw the meeting as an opportunity to share details of our work with a religious Zionist member of the Knesset and former government minister.

“We want to make it clear that the meeting should not be construed as an endorsement of any of Mr. Smotrich’s previous statements. As a religious Zionist organization, we reject prejudice of any kind.

Opposition to Smotrich’s visit to the UK was widely reported in Israel.

Religious Zionist Party MP Itamar Ben-Gvir said the Council of Deputies was “infected with leftists and reformists”.

Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz tweeted that he heard Smotrich complain that “progressives” had taken over the Jewish community in the UK.

“No Bezalel, it is your party’s racism and Kahanism that disgusts the Jewish community in the UK, which has always pushed for tolerance, equality and justice,” Horowitz wrote.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said he “warned that if we let racist MPs into Israeli politics, it would hurt us abroad, especially with global Jewry.”

Lapid added that “unfortunately, we are seeing this happening right before our eyes.”

Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai tweeted: “Smotrich has no business in the UK. The community has already given its opinion. Racism has no place anywhere. Go home.”

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Tireless Triage: How Israeli Community Medicine Prevents Omicron’s Submersion System https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/tireless-triage-how-israeli-community-medicine-prevents-omicrons-submersion-system/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:58:38 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/tireless-triage-how-israeli-community-medicine-prevents-omicrons-submersion-system/ There has never been a disease in Israel on such a scale. With 1 in 20 citizens currently confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus and 10% of medical staff sick, what is enabling hospitals to adapt? The collapse of services was averted thanks to Omicron’s reduced ability to cause serious illness, combined with the […]]]>

There has never been a disease in Israel on such a scale. With 1 in 20 citizens currently confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus and 10% of medical staff sick, what is enabling hospitals to adapt?

The collapse of services was averted thanks to Omicron’s reduced ability to cause serious illness, combined with the effect of new antiviral pills prescribed to the elderly and the high level of vaccinations, both of which reduce deterioration.

But there is another often overlooked factor. Israel has one of the strongest community medicine infrastructures in the world.

Hospitals are often referred to as the “front line” against the coronavirus. In reality, they are the last line of defense, which normally only comes into play after healthcare providers — or HMOs — have tried everything to get patients to fully recover at home.

HMOs had a stint in the spotlight when they hit turbo speed in Israel’s initial vaccination campaign, but have since garnered limited attention. Yet today they act as the ultimate in triage, keeping patients out of hospital unless absolutely necessary, while providing a range of home services that keep death rates down. in Israel modest despite high levels of infection.

Regardless of income level, every Israeli is a member of one of four HMOs, under the state’s national insurance program, and most basic services are free at the point of service. HMOs have huge networks of clinics, including in kibbutzim and other outlying communities, and in response to the pandemic are also offering telemedicine and e-medicine services. They have sophisticated digital recordkeeping – a strength that has helped make Israel a world leader in vaccine effectiveness statistics.

Illustrative Image: A woman using a laptop during an online consultation with her doctor during home quarantine. (iStock via Getty Images)

“HMOs are on the front line in the defense against the threat of the coronavirus, and community doctors and nurses are definitely joining the ranks of hospital staff as soldiers in this war,” said Dr. Tanya Cardash, chief of the Jerusalem area. for Maccabi Health Services.

“Hospitals play a vital role in managing those in serious condition, but the vast majority of Omicron patients are managed by their primary care physicians in the community,” Cardash said.

In fact, a simple change in the proportion of patients HMOs can keep at home would quickly cause a domino effect that could push hospitals beyond their limits — or require emergency measures like military reinforcements.

A medical worker gives a rapid COVID-19 antigen test to Israelis, at a testing center in Beit Hashmonai, January 16, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Dr. Doron Dushnitzky, head of the coronavirus department at Leumit HMO, told The Times of Israel that the organization was working, but was heading towards the limit of its capacity.

“We’re at ninety percent of what we can handle, and if that ramps up and reaches the maximum capabilities of our employees, things could get too big,” Dushnitzky said.

“If we see this red flag, we will take emergency measures, for example by calling in the army [for reinforcements]. There are contingency plans that have not yet been put in place,” he said.

HMO staff are working many overtime hours to provide consultations for all of the newly diagnosed people flooding the booking systems, as well as providing ongoing care to many who are struggling to shake off the virus and who may well end up at hospital if not given intense supervision.

In the current wave, HMOs also have a new responsibility they haven’t had in the past: providing the new antiviral pills to elderly or at-risk patients who are diagnosed with the virus.

“At Maccabi [HMO] we have set up a special team that is helping primary care doctors treat coronavirus patients at home, including the delivery of antiviral drugs given to high-risk patients,” Cardash said.

Tanya Cardash, medical director of Maccabi healthcare provider in Jerusalem (courtesy of Tanya Cardash)

Meanwhile, Leumit’s Dushnitzky said the HMO was also dealing with a wave of flu infections.

“We are facing not only the coronavirus but also a lot of flus at the same time, which causes a comorbidity effect and increases the workload. Overall, the situation is stretching our abilities in everything from sales reps answering people on the phone to family physicians who are overwhelmed with patients,” he said.

“A lot of doctors, nurses and other staff have been very exhausted over the past few weeks, but we will continue to work as hard as we can,” he said.

According to epidemiologist Nadav Davidovitch, a professor at Ben-Gurion University and leader of the Israeli doctors’ union, the intense activity of HMOs during the Omicron wave reflects ever-increasing community attention in the fight against the coronavirus.

“Israel has very high infection rates, but we are doing well in terms of mortality and one of the main reasons is community health care, which guarantees the provision of health care by non-profit health funds. nonprofit that actually provides the full COVID treatment for 98% of people who test positive,” Davidovitch said.

“As the pandemic evolved, HMOs found more and more innovative ways to keep patients away from hospitals, and they became an important part of the pandemic response at increasing levels,” a- he added.

Professor Alex Weinreb, a health policy expert and director of research at the Taub Center, told The Times of Israel that the pandemic performance of HMOs highlights the role they play in normal times.

“The strong community health system is one of the ways we can maintain public health – measured by our high life expectancy – allowing us to spend much less of our GDP on health,” he said. .

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As sex abuse cases hit ultra-Orthodox community, some vow not to be silent anymore https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-sex-abuse-cases-hit-ultra-orthodox-community-some-vow-not-to-be-silent-anymore/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:45:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-sex-abuse-cases-hit-ultra-orthodox-community-some-vow-not-to-be-silent-anymore/ AFP — After Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against several of its prominent figures in recent months, a call began to resonate in the deeply devout and introverted society. “Lo Tishtok” – Hebrew for “Thou shalt not be silent” – is a growing phrase among ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, […]]]>

AFP — After Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community was rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against several of its prominent figures in recent months, a call began to resonate in the deeply devout and introverted society.

“Lo Tishtok” – Hebrew for “Thou shalt not be silent” – is a growing phrase among ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, who are forced to heed allegations of serious crimes, including sexual abuse of children, against several of them. their cultural icons.

In December, prominent children’s author and rabbi Chaim Walder took his own life after the Haaretz newspaper published an article accusing him of sexually assaulting nearly two dozen people, including children – allegations he had denied.

Haaretz reported in March that Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, founder of the Zaka emergency response organization and winner of the Israel Prize – the country’s highest public honor – had sexually assaulted boys, girls and women.

Meshi-Zahav, who called the accusations “lies,” also tried to hang himself in April before new allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced on Channel 12.

An Israel Police spokesperson told AFP there was an open investigation into the allegations against Meshi-Zahav, but police did not comment on the status of an investigation. criminal charge against Walder at the time of his death.

Avigayil Heilbronn, who founded the “Lo Tishtok” organization which aims to support victims of Haredi sexual abuse, said the ultra-Orthodox community has been shaken.

The allegations against Walder marked an “extraordinary blow”, said the 33-year-old divorced mother, who describes herself as Modern Orthodox.

Books by ultra-Orthodox children’s author Chaim Walder seen on a shelf in the home of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, December 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

While a “cultural icon” like Walder can be a predator, Haredim have been forced to question whether they can “trust anyone”, Heilbronn told AFP.

I was a child

The ultra-Orthodox community makes up about 12% of Israel’s 9.3 million people.

The Haredim are not a homogeneous group, but each professes to live in strict accordance with Jewish law, often creating tension with mainstream Israeli society.

The most recent revelations of the misconduct emerged this month, when the Yediot Ahronot newspaper published allegations that a prominent ultra-Orthodox radio host assaulted three women, including a minor.

Adiel Bar Shaul, a 43-year-old ultra-Orthodox from the predominantly haredi town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, recounted his experience of childhood abuse shortly after this report was published.

Shaul said he was raped several times when he was 10 by a close family acquaintance, who was also ultra-Orthodox.

The first rape took place when Shaul’s family welcomed their attacker on Shabbat, a sacred time of rest and worship for Haredim, he told AFP.

“He started giving me stickers. Then, in exchange, put my hand on his pants,” said Shaul, who was silent for most of his life before going public several years ago.

“I was a child. I didn’t understand… I was alone, extremely ashamed and feeling guilty,” said Shaul, who now works with victims of sexual assault.

500 calls per month

Josiane Paris, a volunteer at the Tahel Crisis Center in Jerusalem, which supports children and women in religious Jewish communities, said victims often remain silent.

“They are afraid of what the people and the neighbors of the school or the synagogue will say,” she told AFP.

When the center opened its crisis line three decades ago to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, calls were relatively infrequent.

“Today we get about 500 calls a month,” Paris said — proof that the #MeToo movement was having an impact on religious communities in Israel.

Josiane Paris, 73, volunteer at the Tahel Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children, pictured in Jerusalem on January 5, 2022. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

Volunteer Myriam Merzbach said some women who simply call “stay silent”.

“We feel the distress. There are those who are angry, who cry… Our job is to support them, encourage them and seek solutions.

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Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau has come under scathing criticism for visiting the home where Walder’s relatives were grieving.

Jerusalem Post newspaper editor Yaakov Katz called for Lau’s dismissal for the “moral failure” case.

After the visit, Lau released a statement saying his “heart goes out to the victims” of sexual abuse.

But for Yair Ettinger, an expert on Haredim at the Israel Democracy Institute think tank and a journalist with the Kan public television channel, Israel’s rabbinical establishment “remains in denial”.

Haredim are part of “an idealistic society that struggles to look in the mirror,” Ettinger said.

Illustrative: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attend a rally in Bnei Brak, December 12, 2021. (Avi Dishi/Flash90)

But there was now “a real awareness of the problem”, especially after several haredi celebrities were disgraced, he told AFP.

“The age of innocence is over,” he said.

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Netanyahu says Iran and international community are ignoring ‘weak’ Israeli government https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/netanyahu-says-iran-and-international-community-are-ignoring-weak-israeli-government/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 20:22:26 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/netanyahu-says-iran-and-international-community-are-ignoring-weak-israeli-government/ [ad_1] Opposition President Benjamin Netanyahu asserted on Tuesday that Iran and the international community do not take “weak” Israeli government seriously and “ignore” Jerusalem as it presses against resumption of multilateral nuclear deal . “Iran sees the weakness of the government, as does the international community that wants to revert to the dangerous nuclear deal, […]]]>


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Opposition President Benjamin Netanyahu asserted on Tuesday that Iran and the international community do not take “weak” Israeli government seriously and “ignore” Jerusalem as it presses against resumption of multilateral nuclear deal .

“Iran sees the weakness of the government, as does the international community that wants to revert to the dangerous nuclear deal, so they ignore the government,” Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has not taken a broadly different approach to Iran from that led by Netanyahu, whom he replaced last June. Bennett opposes a US return to the deal just like Netanyahu and demanded – in a call last week with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken – that the US immediately pull out of the talks in Vienna aiming to revive the agreement rather than surrender to Iran. “nuclear blackmail”.

The main difference in the new government’s policy was the stated desire to avoid public feuds with the United States, which were more common as the original deal was being negotiated by the Obama administration. Netanyahu delivered a speech in 2015 at a joint session of Congress – coordinated behind the back of then-President Barak Obama – in which he lobbied against the deal. The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed several months later.

The new government has expressed interest in voicing its disagreements behind closed doors, although it was Bennett’s office that issued a reading that included his harsh words against negotiations in Vienna.

Netanyahu asserted Monday that “if it had not been for the efforts of the previous governments I have led, Iran would have long since acquired an arsenal of atomic bombs.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on Iran during a joint United States Congressional meeting in the Capitol House Hall March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee / Getty Images / AFP)

“We have waged an unprecedented struggle [to change] American public opinion and world public opinion, in Congress, the Senate, the UN and in the capitals of the world. This fight simply does not exist today ”, declared the president of the opposition.

He said government opposition to the deal today “is too weak, too confused and too weak”.

“Apparently it exists, but nobody hears it. Because no one [takes this government seriously]. Because the world powers know that a weak, confused and powerless government is in place in Israel, ”Netanyahu added.

The opposition leader said the only acceptable deal is one that completely dismantles Iran’s nuclear capabilities – such a deal was not on the table in Vienna.

“In the absence of such an agreement, Israel must be prepared to act independently against Iran’s nuclear program – that is, independently, without notice and with surprises,” he said. said, referring to the Bennett-Lapid government’s commitment not to surprise the United States on the Iranian nuclear issue. Netanyahu has lambasted such a commitment for months, although both US and Israeli officials told The Times of Israel the policy also existed when he was prime minister.

Earlier Monday, Iran said it was ready to resume nuclear talks on the basis of the draft proposals it submitted last week, accusing Western powers of blocking negotiations in Vienna.

Coburg Palace, the site of Iranian nuclear talks, is pictured in Vienna on November 29, 2021 (Vladimir Simicek / AFP)

Last week, the Islamic Republic resumed international talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal after a five-month hiatus. On Wednesday, he submitted two draft resolutions on lifting US sanctions and nuclear-related measures.

But over the weekend, the United States, along with European participants in the Vienna talks, accused Iran of backtracking. A senior US administration official said the proposals “amount to all the compromises Iran has offered” in the previous six rounds of negotiations.

The official accused Iran of seeking to “pocket all the compromises that others – the United States in particular – had made and then ask for more.”

Even Russia, which has a stronger relationship with Iran, questioned Iran’s commitment to the process. Israel, an outside observer with an interest in the outcome of the talks, stepped up its rhetoric.

US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides, left, meets with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, December 5, 2021. (GPO / Amos Ben-Gershom)

The landmark 2015 nuclear deal was originally struck between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States.

The deal was intended to put the brakes on Iran’s nuclear program to ensure it could not develop an atomic weapon, in return for sanctions relief for Tehran.

But that started to unravel in 2018 when then-US President Donald Trump, with strong encouragement from Netanyahu, withdrew and reimposed the sanctions, while Iran began to publicly violate them. Since then, Iran has stepped up its nuclear activities, building up a stockpile of highly enriched uranium that far exceeds the limits of the agreement.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Mossad chief David Barnea will press, in meetings this week in Washington with senior officials in the Biden administration, for the United States to carry out a military strike on Iranian targets, have said. reported on Sunday the three major Israeli news broadcasts.

According to the reports, which do not cite any sources, Gantz and Barnea will urge their American interlocutors to develop a “plan B” vis-à-vis Iran, seeing the nuclear negotiations blocked in Vienna as an opportunity to push the United States. to make a decision. more aggressive stance towards the Islamic Republic.

AFP contributed to this report

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As violence rises in Arab community, PM says situation is finally resolved https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-violence-rises-in-arab-community-pm-says-situation-is-finally-resolved/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 13:30:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/as-violence-rises-in-arab-community-pm-says-situation-is-finally-resolved/ [ad_1] With violence in the Arab community showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday the situation was being resolved after being previously ignored. “We are dealing properly with the problems that we have become accustomed to – [the idea] that nothing could be done about them, that they are chronic […]]]>


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With violence in the Arab community showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday the situation was being resolved after being previously ignored.

“We are dealing properly with the problems that we have become accustomed to – [the idea] that nothing could be done about them, that they are chronic – issues that are usually dismissed, ”Bennett said at a panel meeting on violence in the Arab community.

“Crime in the Arab community, in particular … quantities of illegal weapons sufficient for a small army – the arsenal that has accumulated and expanded over many years, must be emptied,” Bennett said.

“We are making a critical effort across the country against arms and ammunition,” the prime minister added, apparently referring to the seizure of weapons and the arrest of dozens of shooters for the last time in what the police billed it as the largest gun raid in Israel’s history.

His comments came following a massive brawl between two families outside Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva on Sunday evening.

The mayor of the southern city said on Monday that the government had lost control of the situation.

The mayor of Beersheba, Ruvik Danilovich, holds a press conference in the municipality building on November 15, 2021 (Flash90)

“There is civilian terrorism invading the country. Someone has to come and speak to the Israeli public, ”Ruvik Danilovich said at a press conference. “I expected the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Safety [Omer Barlev] to be [in Beersheba] this morning, because a very serious incident happened yesterday – a loss of control by the State of Israel.

“The Israeli government needs to wake up because the public is losing confidence,” Danilovich said.

Four people were injured in the brawl on Sunday, during which gunshots were heard, according to witnesses and footage from the scene.

Two of the injured men – who were stabbed – were treated in hospital for minor injuries. The couple are from the nearby Bedouin town of Rahat, police said. Two others were being treated for mild blunt trauma, the hospital said.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said dozens of young men were fighting and throwing stones, as gunfire was heard throughout the area. Police said officers arrested 19 suspects.

Earlier on Sunday, a man was killed and a second injured when they were shot dead at a construction site in the German colony neighborhood of Jerusalem, in what police reportedly considered a premeditated coup. Channel 12 news said all those involved were Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.

According to Channel 12, police see the incident as an escalation of violence within the Arab community, with the shooting taking place in broad daylight in an upscale Jewish community west of the city.

A police officer at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem on November 14, 2021 (Yonathan Sindel / Flash90)

Arab communities have seen an upsurge in violence in recent years, mainly due to organized crime.

Leaders and community members blame the police, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia wars and violence against them. the women.

Government officials and civil society experts say violence in the Arab community is the product of decades of state neglect.

More than half of Israeli Arabs live below the poverty line. Their towns and villages often have crumbling infrastructure, poor public services and few job prospects, leading some young people to collaborate with organized crime.

In August, Bennett said the violence and crime in Arab Israeli communities was a “national calamity.”

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report.

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Arab politicians and mayors block major highways to protest community crime https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/arab-politicians-and-mayors-block-major-highways-to-protest-community-crime/ https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/arab-politicians-and-mayors-block-major-highways-to-protest-community-crime/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 15:16:01 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/arab-politicians-and-mayors-block-major-highways-to-protest-community-crime/ [ad_1] Dozens of Arab-Israeli protesters on Thursday blocked Israel’s central highway on Route 6 and other major roads to protest the government’s alleged inaction to end the wave of crime in Arab towns. Protesters set off from Kafr Qara in central Israel in a convoy of vehicles to Jerusalem. After halting traffic at Eyal Junction, […]]]>


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Dozens of Arab-Israeli protesters on Thursday blocked Israel’s central highway on Route 6 and other major roads to protest the government’s alleged inaction to end the wave of crime in Arab towns.

Protesters set off from Kafr Qara in central Israel in a convoy of vehicles to Jerusalem.

After halting traffic at Eyal Junction, protesters briefly blocked a major highway in Tel Aviv during the evening rush hour – the Ayalon Highway near the Hashalom interchange. The highway was reopened shortly after.

Parliamentarians from the Joint List bloc made up of predominantly Arab parties, including Joint List leader Ayman Odeh, took part in the protest.

Several Arab mayors also joined the convoy, as well as Arab Israelis who have lost loved ones to violent crimes endemic within the Arab community.

“We live in a situation where there are murders every two or three days. If our children cannot live normal lives, the rest of the country cannot continue normally, ”Odeh said.

Arab Israelis have long bemoaned the lack of law and order in their towns and villages, where they say the police rarely bother solving killings. But this year is poised to be the bloodiest on record, with 104 community murders recorded well before the end of the year.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government has pledged to act to end the violence. On Sunday, the government put forward a five-year plan of 2.4 billion shekels ($ 784 million) to end the violence; more extreme measures, such as involving the Shin Bet security service and expanding the powers of the police, are also under consideration. The plan will now head to the Knesset, where it is expected to pass as part of the upcoming budget.

The Joint List, however, has strongly criticized the plan. “This is a plan to kill 1,400 Arabs,” Odeh said Tuesday in a video posted to his Facebook page, in which he said the proposal did not allocate enough resources to the problem.

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9 suspected of defrauding NIS 60 million from the National Insurance Institute https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/9-suspected-of-defrauding-nis-60-million-from-the-national-insurance-institute/ https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/9-suspected-of-defrauding-nis-60-million-from-the-national-insurance-institute/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/9-suspected-of-defrauding-nis-60-million-from-the-national-insurance-institute/ [ad_1] Nine people were arrested on Monday as suspects in a scam that allegedly defrauded more than 60 million shekels ($ 18.19 million) from the National Insurance Institute with bogus cash claims, the report said. Israeli police in a statement. Police and National Insurance Institute tax investigators searched the homes of suspects, employees of Trinity […]]]>


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Nine people were arrested on Monday as suspects in a scam that allegedly defrauded more than 60 million shekels ($ 18.19 million) from the National Insurance Institute with bogus cash claims, the report said. Israeli police in a statement.

Police and National Insurance Institute tax investigators searched the homes of suspects, employees of Trinity Computer Systems, who were questioned.

They are suspected of fraudulent concealment with aggravating circumstances, forgery, false registration of social documents and social security offenses.

Investigators believe the suspects have systematically approached large corporations and institutions – including public institutions – with offers to collect money on behalf of their employees owed to them from the NII.

The suspects allegedly tampered with data, which was then submitted on behalf of employees with false financial reports.

Over several years, the National Insurance Institute has paid companies tens of millions of shekels while suspects have apparently received millions in commissions.

The companies involved are not suspected of wrongdoing at this stage.

Among the suspects are six lawyers and an accountant, Channel 12 reported. Companies that have been approached by the suspects include Fattal Hotels, furniture giant IKEA and Reut Medical Center, according to the report.

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6 East Jerusalemites arrested for assaulting cops in Old City https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/6-east-jerusalemites-arrested-for-assaulting-cops-in-old-city/ https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/6-east-jerusalemites-arrested-for-assaulting-cops-in-old-city/#respond Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/6-east-jerusalemites-arrested-for-assaulting-cops-in-old-city/ [ad_1] Police arrested six Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem for allegedly assaulting officers outside the Damascus Gate in the Old City earlier Monday. The suspects threw a table and other objects at the police officers, injuring two of them, police said in a statement. Tensions in the city of the flashpoint remained high even after […]]]>


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Police arrested six Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem for allegedly assaulting officers outside the Damascus Gate in the Old City earlier Monday.

The suspects threw a table and other objects at the police officers, injuring two of them, police said in a statement.

Tensions in the city of the flashpoint remained high even after police ended their policy of preventing crowds outside Damascus Gate during Ramadan on Sunday evening, a policy which the media said. Muslims, was an inflammatory measure that hampered a long tradition of gathering at the site during the holy month. .

Public broadcaster Kan reported on Monday that the Shin Bet had urged Israeli police to lift barricades preventing worshipers from sitting on the stairs at Damascus Gate.

The security agency said the presence of the barriers contributed to recent tensions in the city, according to the report.

Police were still periodically rushing and clearing the site on Sunday and Monday evening when revelers were seen waving Palestinian flags – a symbol often seen as provocation by Israeli authorities.

Police force people out of the Damascus Gate neighborhood outside of Jerusalem’s Old City during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan on April 26, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

Also on Monday, police extended the pre-trial detention of a Jewish minor and adult who had been arrested the day before for assaulting two Arab sanitation workers in the city.

Earlier today, a 68-year-old man was slightly injured when a stone was thrown at his car as he drove past the Old Town.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene near the Old Town Dung Gate, then took him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital for further treatment.

It was not known who threw stones at his car and no assailants were immediately apprehended. There was also no immediate information on the victim’s identity or ethnicity.

Palestinians gather and wave a Palestinian flag at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan on April 26, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

In another incident in East Jerusalem, a stone was thrown at a group of lawmakers from the far-right religious Zionism party visiting the Jewish enclave of Beit Orot.

No injuries or damage were reported in this case. MPs said they were on a visit “to reinforce Jewish residents who have recently suffered from Arab aggression.”

Thousands of Palestinians descended on the Damascus Gate every night after the start of Ramadan on April 13 to protest the controversial police policy.

More than 105 Palestinians were injured Thursday evening in clashes with police who found themselves amid Arab protesters and a crowd of hundreds of Jewish extremists marching towards the Damascus gate chanting “Death to the Arabs” , “Let your village burn” and other hateful slogans.

The police used riot dispersal measures against the two crowds, but reserved more severe means, including rubber bullets, for the Palestinian crowd.

Jerusalem has also seen a series of viral videos on the TikTok social network, which appear to show Palestinians attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews without any provocation. The clips fueled Jewish anger.

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Eating junk food can interfere with the skeletal development of young children, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found, based on a rodent study.

A new study led by Efrat Monsonego-Ornan and Janna Zaretsky, both from the department of biochemistry, food sciences and nutrition at the university’s faculty of agriculture, has shown that ultra-processed foods can lead to reduced quality. bones, which is particularly harmful to young children. in their years of development.

Published in the journal Bone Research, the study is the first to analyze the link between junk food and skeletal development.

Ultra-processed foods – foods whose natural state has been altered during several stages of processing and which often contain added sugar, fats, salt or artificial preservatives – have contributed to adverse health effects of consumers around the world, including an increase in obesity.

These foods are attractive for their accessibility and low prices. Children especially enjoy junk food, with 70% of their calorie intake on average coming from ultra-processed foods, according to the Hebrew University.

In addition, 50% of American children eat junk food every day. The study followed laboratory rodents whose skeletons were in “post-embryonic growth stages”. Those who were fed ultra-processed foods high in fats and sugars suffered adverse effects in terms of skeletal development, such as stunted growth.

Additionally, researchers found high levels of cartilage buildup in rodent growth plates, areas of new bone growth. RNA genetic profiles of cartilage cells exposed to junk food have demonstrated impaired bone development.

After adjusting the diet of the lab rats, the researchers found that the rodents still suffered from “moderate damage to their bone density,” but less cartilage buildup in the growth plates.

“Our conclusion was that even in reduced amounts, ultra-processed foods can have a definite negative impact on skeletal growth,” Monsonego-Ornan said.

“When Carlos Monteiro, one of the world’s foremost nutrition experts, said that there is no such thing as ultra-processed healthy food, he was clearly right. Even though we reduce fats, carbohydrates, nitrates and other known harmful substances, these foods still have their harmful attributes.

“Every part of the body is prone to this damage and certainly to the systems that remain in critical stages of development,” Monsonego-Ornan added.

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Israel begins immunizing residents of East Jerusalem beyond security fence https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/israel-begins-immunizing-residents-of-east-jerusalem-beyond-security-fence/ https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/israel-begins-immunizing-residents-of-east-jerusalem-beyond-security-fence/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://sustainable-jerusalem.org/israel-begins-immunizing-residents-of-east-jerusalem-beyond-security-fence/ [ad_1] Israel on Tuesday began vaccinating Palestinians in East Jerusalem who have Israeli residency cards but live beyond the security fence that crosses the eastern half of the city. The vaccinations were carried out by paramedics from Magen David Adom at the key Qalandiya crossing point. Tens of thousands of people live beyond the barrier […]]]>


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Israel on Tuesday began vaccinating Palestinians in East Jerusalem who have Israeli residency cards but live beyond the security fence that crosses the eastern half of the city.

The vaccinations were carried out by paramedics from Magen David Adom at the key Qalandiya crossing point.

Tens of thousands of people live beyond the barrier that winds through the capital, which some health experts say could make access to the vaccine more difficult.

MDA apparently chose to locate the vaccination post near the passage in order to increase accessibility to the vaccine for those who live beyond the barrier.

A woman takes a selfie after receiving the coronavirus vaccine from an Israeli medical team at the Qalandia checkpoint on February 23, 2021 (AP Photo / Oded Balilty)

The vaccination campaign was coordinated with the Ministry of Health and the IDF Central Command. It will operate on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

East Jerusalem is claimed by Israel and was annexed following the Six Day War of 1967, and again declared Israeli in the Basic Law of 1980: Jerusalem, capital of Israel. Israeli statements are not recognized by the international community. Israel sees the entire city as its capital, while Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

Israel has also started vaccinating the 122,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in Israel. Some Palestinians who work in the health sector have already been vaccinated, but they are only a small minority; the overwhelming majority of workers are employed in construction or agriculture.

Health experts have singled them out as a potential source of infection, as many cross the Green Line on a daily basis.

Israeli medical teams administer coronavirus vaccine to Palestinians at Qalandia checkpoint on February 23, 2021 (AP Photo / Oded Balilty) (AP Photo / Oded Balilty)

Israel has offered vaccines to all of its citizens, Jews and Arabs, in addition to Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. A fierce debate has raged for several weeks over whether Israel is ultimately responsible for providing vaccines to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In recent days, Israel has transferred several thousand doses to Ramallah so that the Palestinian Authority can immunize medical personnel. But critics blamed the Jewish state for failing to vaccinate the estimated five million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Russian COVID vaccines delivered by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to the Gaza Strip on February 17, 2021 (Courtesy)

Critics of Israel’s vaccination policy refer to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power is required to provide vaccines to inhabitants of territories under its control.

Israel rejects the claim that it occupies the West Bank, claiming that the territories it has ruled since 1967 are “contested” rather than occupied. He also notes that he has withdrawn from Gaza, although he maintains a blockade on the territory, which he says is necessary for security; the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, has pledged to destroy the Jewish state. As such, Jerusalem has never accepted the applicability of this statute of international law to the territories.

The government refers to the Oslo Accords of 1995, which states that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, while the two sides must work together to fight epidemics.

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