News Nosh 9.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 7, 2017
Quote of the Day #1:
“Because there are things permitted to write only in Hebrew, like, for example, ‘Death to Arabs. Burn them all. Give it to them.’ ‘It’s okay, they’re only trolls on Facebook.’ But if you write the word ‘resist’ in Arabic, it’s incitement and subversion against the government.”
Satirist Assaf Harel looks at claims by Culture Minister Miri Regev that a solidarity event for Dareen Tatour - an Arab-Israeli poet who has been charged with incitement and has been under house arrest for two years - was in fact "a stage for terrorism."*

Quote of the Day #2:
"The house on Kunder Street is the Zionist project’s model apartment, because here you get it all in a refined, condensed form. Here Israel says, without stammering: Entrance for Jews only. Exit for Arabs. Not only the right of return, but the right of property is also exclusively for Jews. A Jew who lost his home in 1948 will have his house returned to him with all respect. A Palestinian – and there were hundreds of thousands of them – has lost it forever. "
--Haaretz+'s GIdeon Levy writes about the meaning of the eviction this week of the Palestinian Shamasneh family from a pre-'48 Jewish-owned home, where they lived for 53 years as renters.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
"In order to go to the bathroom, children have to climb over tables and jump from table to table just to reach the classroom's exit."
--Chairman of the East Jerusalem Parents' Association, Amhad Abu Eid, explains one of the reasons why Palestinian parents are keeping their children home rather than send them to the problem-ridden school  which is under Israel's supervision.***

Breaking News:
Israel attacked suspected chemical weapons plant in Syria, killing two, according to foreign reports; Syria threatened 'serious consequences' (Haaretz and Ynet)

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Special - This is how I established the reactor in Dimona - Weeks before he died, Shimon Peres closed himself off in his apartment in Tel-Aviv with his team and a US author and wrote the story of his life
  • The Israeli eagle who was rescued from captivity with the Syrian rebels
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom


News Summary:
Following a tycoon’s testimony, a stronger case for indicting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for allegedly receiving bribes, in Munich, a moving inauguration of a memorial for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in the 1972 Olympics and in the Carribean, the destruction from Hurricane Irma were today’s top stories in the Hebrew newspapers.

Also in the news, Netanyahu said Israel doesn’t need peace with the Palestinians in order to have good relations with Arab states and the rest of the world. And, Haaretz revealed that the Jerusalem Municipality is on the verge of approving the expansion of a Jewish enclave in the midst of Jabal Mukakaber, an Arab neighborhood in E. Jerusalem, which would make it the biggest settlement enclave in a Palestinian Jerusalem neighborhood. According to Peace Now, Jewish-Australian businessman Kevin Bermeister, who is one of the founders of Skype, is behind the company that requested the permits to build.

And, Maariv Online translated to Hebrew an interview from its sister company, The Jerusalem Post, of a senior West Bank Hamas leader, Hassan Yousef, who said Hamas was ready for a long-term cease-fire with Israel. According to Yousef, if Israel lifts its siege on the Gaza Strip, it would not have to worry about Hamas’s commitment to a cease-fire. Hamas is prepared to make a long-term cease-fire with the Israeli occupation, in return for it allowing the residents of Gaza to live like all other people in the world with everything that they need,” said Yousef. “I mean the Israeli occupation needs to allow for freedom of movement – going and coming for travelers, students, sick people, expatriates, and all others who desire to move – exports and imports and everything else. It needs to lift its oppressive siege.” Yousef’s comments came less than a week after he was released from Israeli prison, where he had been held for 22 months under administrative detention.

The police are considering investigating Netanyahu on suspicion of receiving a bribe from Hollywood producer, Arnon Milchan, an Israeli citizen, whose testimony this week reinforced the police’s view that a systematic request by the prime minister for cigarettes and gifts could be linked to assistance requested by Milchan in arranging a visa to the US and about selling Channel 10. (Maariv) Milchan insisted the gifts were not bribery and police believed Milchan was trying hard to avoid bribery charges. Police suspect that Netanyahu persuaded Jewish tycoon Len Blavatnik to acquire Milchan's shares in Channel 10, seeking to benefit Milchan. Maariv reported that Blavatnik hired a lawyer, a former Israel attorney general, to give him legal advice.
Quick Hits:
  • IDF sets up separate services for Jewish settlers in Hebron - GOC Central Command signs military order to set up new 'municipal services administration' for the Jewish settlement in the West Bank city, contravening the 1997 Hebron Protocol; 'It paves the way for Israel to annex this part of the city,' says Hebron governor. (Agencies, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Israeli settlers assault, injure Palestinian teen in Nablus - A group of Israeli settlers assaulted and wounded 16-year-old Osama Jamil Daghlas, from the Burqa village, near Homesh settlement. (Maan+PHOTOS)
  • Palestinian youth in critical condition after being struck by Israeli settler's car - A Palestinian youth was injured and is in critical condition after an Israeli settler hit the youth with his car Tuesday evening near the village of Husan west of Bethlehem, on Route 60, (Maan)
  • In First, Israel Threatens to Cut Theater’s Funding Over Show for Palestinian Poet - Treasury tells Culture Ministry the company’s budget could be cut, pending a hearing with its directors, for violating ‘Nakba Law.’ Move is seen as part of Culture Minister Miri Regev’s ongoing war against Israel’s left-wing arts community. (Haaretz+ and Haaretz and Ynet)
  • ***East J'lem school year opens amid strikes, overcrowding - The new school year starts in east Jerusalem amid acrimonious protests from parents calling conditions, overcrowding in schools deplorable; four new schools also. (Ynet)
  • Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians, seize cash, and assault family in raids - Local sources in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron said that Israeli forces detained three Palestinian residents of the area, also seizing cash and a private vehicle during the raids. (Maan)
  • Palestinian woman turns herself into prison over Israeli accusations of 'incitement' - After serving out an eight-month period in house arrest, Israeli authorities handed 48-year-old Sahar al-Natsheh a prison sentence in Nov. 2016, accusing the occupied East Jerusalem resident and mother of seven of “incitement” on social media, after having also been banned from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Maan)
  • Israeli police detain Palestinian minor in Hebron over alleged knife possession - Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Hebron area was detained by an Israeli border police officer for allegedly having a knife. (Maan)
  • UNRWA condemns 'appalling' eviction of Shamasna family in East Jerusalem - Director of UNRWA Scott Anderson, who visited the family on Wednesday, said in the statement that he was “appalled at the resumption of forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and particularly worried about the humanitarian impact on this refugee family.” (Maan)
  • Israel set to remove Palestinian village's sole water pipe in Nablus - Israeli forces notified Palestinians living near the village of Duma in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday that their sole water pipeline servicing the area’s residents was slated for removal, as Israeli authorities have said the pipeline is “illegal.” (Maan)
  • New: App against illegal Palestinian construction in Judea and Samaria - The Shomron Regional Council has recently launched a “Malshinon” application, which enables residents to report on construction violations by Palestinians with the area of the council. "Every takeover affects the country.” (Maariv)
  • Netanyahu's Son Reportedly Suing Political Activist Over Fake Passport Allegations - Yair Netanyahu is suing over a Facebook post that alleged Benjamin Netanyahu called the head of the Mossad to request a passport so his son could open foreign bank accounts. (Haaretz)
  • Netanyahu Tells Red Cross Chief: Hamas Cruelly Holding Helpless Israelis in Gaza - Netanyahu tells Peter Maurer that organization can help return captive civilians and bodies of soldiers. Hamas refused to provide Maurer with any information about the captives. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • State witness transferred money to former PMO bureau chief through consulting firm - Miki Ganor, who represented German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in submarines deal, transferred NIS 50,000 to strategic consultants Nati Mor and Tzachi Lieber, with Mor withdrawing NIS 30,000 that he allegedly gave as bribe to former PMO chief of staff David Sharan. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Foreign aid workers fear fallout from Israel visa suspension - Dozens of aid workers from international humanitarian NGOs have been unable to enter Israel on B1 work visa since June; Israel says matter only procedural, but NGOs claim it’s designed to sabotage relief efforts. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • The media's role in shaping Jewish-Israeli attitudes toward Arabs?
  • Whenever members of the Israeli government make outrageous statements or accusations against the Arab or Palestinian population, they are rarely challenged by the press that broadcasts those allegations into homes. The  Knesset, Israel’s parliament, recently held a conference on the media’s role in perpetuating incitement against Arabs in the country. (+972mag VIDEO w/English subtitles)
  • Trump's signing of order to limit, cancel J1 visas irks Israelis - President Trump signs executive order intended to curtail or cancel use of J1 visa, which hitherto has enabled thousands of Israelis to study in the US or work in Jewish summer camps. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • New 'mini-copter' drone able to supply kilos of cargo to battlefields - The new drone, developed by Aeronautics, is capable of vertical propulsion with its hybrid battery-petrol engine; it can carry up to 90 kilos in payloads, from supplies and ammo to photography equipment for intelligence gathering. (Ynet)
  • PM's Latin American tour to highlight Israeli tech expertise - PM to meet with leaders of four Latin American countries during historic tour next week. Netanyahu to honor the victims of the bombings at Buenos Aires Jewish community center and Israeli Embassy • Netanyahu to speak before U.N. General Assembly. (Israel Hayom)
  • Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Calls Reform Jews Worse Than Holocaust Deniers - Responding to Western Wall agreement with liberal Jewish movements, Shlomo Amar said Reform Jews want to 'desecrate the holy,' not pray. (Haaretz)
  • PR company tries to brand Israel: Time for a doggy vacay! Bring your pup to Israel
  • Vibe Israel, NGO aimed at strengthening Israel’s brand in the world is offering five Instagram-famous American pooches and their humans a fun trip to the Holy Land; pet-friendly hotels, gourmet doggy food, a massage at a special spa for canines and wild beach parties are just part of the activities planned. (Ynet)
  • Meretz to vote on proposal to end Zehava Galon's tenure as leader - A party member submitted the proposal to move up primary elections, but Galon is expected to maintain her position at the head of the left-wing party. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian Authority releases journalist, continues to hold hunger-striking activist over Facebook post - Palestinian security forces released Ayman Qawasmeh,  director of Hebron’s Manbar al-Hurriya radio station, after he spent three days in detention for criticizing the Palestinian Authority (PA). But the PA continued to hold prominent Palestinian activist Issa Amro in detention for criticizing the PA's arrest of Qawasmeh. Amro declared hunger strike. (Maan)
  • Egyptian power lines to southern Gaza resume operation - One of the Egyptian power lines, which powers districts in southern Gaza with 10 megawatts, resumed operation on Tuesday after being cut off for about two months, Gaza’s electricity company said. (Maan)
  • WATCH Louvre Abu Dhabi Sets Highly Anticipated Opening Date for November 11 - 'You have nude statues in the museum, contemporary paintings. You also have religious images from all religions.’ (Haaretz)
  • Syrian Government Forces Used Chemical Weapons More Than 20 Times, UN Probe Says - 33 chemical weapons attacks took place since 2011, 27 of which were undertaken by Assad's government. (Haaretz)
  • Egypt says suspended US military exercises to resume - U.S.-Egyptian Bright Star drill, suspended in 2013 following an Egyptian army crackdown on protests, to take place on Sept. 10-20 • Cairo official: Bright Star exercises reflect the depth of Egyptian-American relations, cooperation between militaries. (Agencies, Israel Hayom)

How Bedouin women were exploited to 'Judaize' the Negev at NY Fashion Week
An organization that settles Jews in the Negev, and with a central role in the story of displacement at Umm al-Hiran, enlists a famous Israeli designer to team up with Bedouin women for a NY Fashion Week fundraiser. The problem — nobody told the Bedouin women what they were up to. (Samah Salaime,+972mag)
**WATCH Satirist on How Culture Minister Attacks Arab-Israeli Solidarity Event With Fake News (Assaf Harel, Haaretz VIDEO) If we're going to add stone-throwing, satirist Assaf Harel has some more suggestions.
When do our decision makers take responsibility? (Nadav Eyal, Yedioth/Ynet) Assuming our politicians weren’t aware of the corruption taking place around them, assuming they are naïve people who can be manipulated into making foolish decisions, the fact that a person is innocent doesn’t mean he is fit for his job; it just means he isn’t totally unfit.
Abbas Scales Back Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination as He Preps for Diplomatic Confrontation (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) Fears are increasing that relations with the Palestinians will spiral out of control once again, as happened in July during the latest Temple Mount crisis.
Israel must extricate itself from its 'Bibi-psychosis' (Yoel Esteron, Yedioth/Ynet) Everything centers on Benjamin Netanyahu, and all national questions are repressed and reduced to infantile arguments about who is for and who is against the Israeli prime minister. Israelis need to free themselves from their Bibi addiction.
Fact-checking Netanyahu’s Incitement Against African 'Illegal Infiltrators' in South Tel Aviv (Ilan Lior, Haaretz+) Would Israel really have 2 million asylum seekers without the southern border fence with Egypt? Are thousands of migrants being employed illegally, as the prime minister says? Here's the truth.
A thunderous silence: How do Jews not condemn American anti-Semitism? (Shlomo Shamir, Maariv) The choice of the ultra-Orthodox and Chassidic sectors in New York not to protest against Trump's statements about the events of Charlottesville reveals how detached they are from the lessons of history.
Russia's Moves on Hezbollah Expose How Trump's Mideast Policy Endangers Israel (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz+) For the first time, an American president has pushed Israel into a situation where it must divide its strategic planning between two rival powers.
Vanquish the enemy (Prof. Eyal Zisser, Israel Hayom) If Israel's objective in a future conflict with Hezbollah amounts to preserving the status quo, it would be better to prevent the next war than to fight it.
**In Arab East Jerusalem: Zionism's Model Apartment (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) Eight Palestinian family members, including an 84-year-old man in a wheelchair, were evicted from the apartment because before 1948, its owner was Jewish.
The new Likudniks can bring great benefit to Israeli democracy (Lilach Sigan, Maariv) It’s good for Netanyahu and good for the Likud, and it is also good for liberalism, for political balance and for democracy. If we only try, we can benefit greatly from the new phenomenon in the ruling party.
Hands Off Israel's Channel 20 (Haaretz Editorial) Freedom of expression is a supreme principle in democracy and requires a media market free of political or official control. This principle is supposed to enable Channel 20 to broadcast in any field and on any issue.
Germany Marks Munich Massacre With Memorial, but Still Avoids Taking Responsibility (Ofer Aderet. Haaretz+) Germany yet to apologize for failures that led to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in September 1972.
Do I look like a terrorist? The dangers of facial profiling (Merav Amir, +972mag) An Israeli company has developed new technology to help identify terrorists according to their facial characteristics.
Erdogan Is Here in Israel (Yossi Klein, Haaretz+) We’re all silent accomplices to a nascent Erdogan state. The schools are being taken care of, the Supreme Court’s turn will come and ultimately there will be the knock on the door at 3 A.M.
New anti-Semitism or boycotts? Jew hatred and the BDS movement (Attila Somfalvi, Ynet) Is the BDS movement a flavor of the new anti-Semitism spreading throughout the world? It appears that the modern discourse on the delegitimization of Israel has given rise to vitriolic rhetoric which unquestionably serves as mask for underlying anti-Semitism.
Miller the DACA-killer: Trump Aide a Disgrace to Jews, and to Our Common Roots (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) Stephen Miller’s family came from my dad’s village, in Belarus. Immigration is why Steve and I are both alive; now it’s his job to help kill the program protecting young immigrants to the U.S.

Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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