News from Israel – November 1, 2016

No. 39,  November 1, 2016

Inside Israel
Sukkot celebrations in Israel. With pleasant weather and many performances and activities being available around the country for free, Israelis enjoyed the Sukkot holiday. In honor of the holiday, many public Sukkot were being erected in towns and cities across Israel.

The Knesset speaker speaks his mind. Yuli Edelstein hopes that Members of Knesset will do some introspection on the High Holy Days and start setting a better example for their voters. “The tone in the Knesset influences the public. When we call each other fascists and traitors, that flows outwards, and things can end badly,” he warned.

Israel’s Consumer Price Index fell 0.1% in September. Over the past 12 months, the CPI has fallen0.4% – well below the government’s inflation target range of between 1% and 3%, and it is unchanged since the beginning of 2016.

Israel’s children are second poorest in developed world. Israel has the second-highest rate of povertyamong children and teenagers in the developed world, according to a report published by the National Insurance Institute. With 25 percent of the population aged 0-17 years classified as poor, Israel is only ahead of Turkey.

Jerusalem March attracts tens of thousands. With Israeli flags waving high, an electric enthusiasm permeates Jerusalem’s streets as tens of thousands of Israelis and foreign friends of Israel from across the world turn out to march across the capital and demonstrate their friendship: ‘We love Israel, and we want to support Israel.’

Terrorist attacks in Jerusalem doubled in September. Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet reported that the capital saw 26 attacks compared to 13 in August; total number of attacks against Israelis jumped 17%.

UNESCO approves resolution that denies Jewish connection to Jerusalem. UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – in a preliminary vote has passed a controversial resolution that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem.  PM Netanyahu said: “The UNESCO theater of the absurd continues. Today that organization adopted another delusional decision that states that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.”

Recent poll of Palestinians. In a poll of the Palestinians conducted by the An-Najah National University in the West Bank, a question was asked “Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?” Almost 60% answered “No” That is to say: even if Israel were to withdraw to the 1967 lines, this would not satisfy the Palestinian street.

Palestinians arrested by PA for talking peace with Israelis in festive sukkah gathering. Palestinians who joined a holiday gathering with Israelis in settlement of Efrat in the West Bank were arrested by Palestinian Authority for mingling with “baby killers.”  They were released after a few days of detention.

Israelis in Haiti rush to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. Responders from Israeli aid organization IsraAID and local partner Prodev rushed to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew that devastated Haiti. They were the first to provide food and water for 200 children at Cite Soleil in Port-Au-Prince.

BDS and 100 million UK prescriptions. UK Under-Secretary of State for Health David Mowat said that if Israeli products were boycotted, it would put 100 million National Health Service prescriptions at risk. “Banning these supplies would most likely cause significant shortages of some medicines important for patient health”.

Israel to assist Egypt’s fragile economy. Israel is preparing for a series of large-scale projects with Egyptafter many years of separation in economic cooperation between the two countries. Israeli and American officials see assisting Egypt as a vital security interest.

Iran continues to fund terrorists. Iranian officials maintain that they will continue to fund global terroristorganizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which are committed to Israel’s destruction, despite objections from the United States.

Culture and Lifestyle
A lively musical performance for Sukkot. This lively musical video for Sukkot, featuring the Boys Town Jerusalem choir, will make you want to get up and dance.

Tamar festival of music. The annual Tamar Festival (Oct 17-20) near the Dead Sea is one of Israel’s largest music festivals.  It features sunrise concerts on the top of Masada and a free concert at Kibbutz Ein Gedi.  There are also hikes, tours and children’s activities.

Israel to rebuild destroyed Jerusalem synagogue. The Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue was the last post of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to fall in Israel’s War of Independence. When the Jewish Quarter was lost in 1948, the Jordanians shelled the white dome of Tiferet Yisrael, along with its “twin” – the Hurva Synagogue, and the two landmarks were turned into piles of rubble. The Hurva was rebuilt six years ago and the Israeli government is now reconstructing Tiferet Yisrael.

Folk dancing festival in Eilat. For anyone who has dreamed of attending an Israeli Dance Camp where folk dances are created and danced with the most energy and enthusiasm in the world, the weekend of October 26 is for you! Join the participants at the luxurious Isrotel Hotel Network in Eilat for an unforgettable weekend of non-stop fun and dancing.

Science and Technology
New diagnostic test distinguishes bacterial from viral infections. Israeli company MeMed has a rapid diagnostic kit for bacterial infections that could help revolutionize the fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

Smart water stations from Israel make a splash in US. Israel’s Woosh Water Systems let people fill their bottles with pure, cold water, saving money and the environment.

US dog owners could soon turn droppings into odorless dust. Ohio-based OurPets has entered a strategic partnership with Paulee Cleantec, an Israeli company with a prototype for an innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly solution for dog waste. The device converts animal feces into a pathogen and odor-free ash fertilizer in less than a minute.

In Depth
European anti-Semites increasingly playing victim in classic ‘perpetrator inversion,’ says expert. There is a global Israelization of anti-Semitic discourse. The articulation of traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes by projecting them onto Israel is by now the most dominant manifestation of modern Jew hatred.