News Nosh 10.2.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, October 2, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
A police commander on the scene may bar journalists from entering an area if there is “danger to life or limb, including fear that the journalist’s entry will inflame a violent atmosphere to a level that is liable to endanger people’s lives.”
--New Israel Police guidelines, written by Brig. Gen. Ayelet Eliashar, let police commanders decide whether to keep a journalist from doing his job.**

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Independence War of Catalonia
  • All the ministers arrived in order to get more jobs - Government discussed legislative bill that will allow ministers to appoint senior officials in their ministries without a tender
  • Not a single minister attended the ceremony in memory of the fallen of Yom Kippur War
  • It’s not by accident // Merav Betito
  • Shameful // Goel Bano
  • Rabbis against (teen singer of hit) queen of the roses  bvat Timna Festival - Rabbis: “Men don’t need to hear women singing”
  • Investigation - The negligence in the care for autistic
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
News Summary:
In today’s Hebrew top stories: Not a single Israeli government minister attended the memorial ceremony for the fallen of the Yom Kippur War, prompting an apology from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, [and this comes less than a week after coalition minister’s chastised the opposition for not attending a jubilee ceremony for the settlement enterprise! - OH], but all the ministers attended the cabinet meeting to discuss a controversial proposed law that would enable ministers to appoint ministry deputy directors-generals without tenders, (the opposition criticized the bill saying it encouraged a 'quid pro quo' culture, but Netanyahu tried to justify the political appointments by saying that career bureaucrats were responsible for European woes), and Spanish police used physical force to try to suppress Catalans from voting in their national referendum for independence, which prompted some Israeli commentators to write, See, we’re not the only ones who use excessive force (see Ksenia Svetlova in Commentary/Analysis below). And then there were others, such as right-wing Ben-Dror Yemini of Yedioth, who noted that the move towards separatism is usually supported by right-wingers, such as the case of Britain, but in the case of Catalonia and Kurds it’s a left-wing movement. But what both of them failed to note was the comparison to the Palestinians desire for independence.

Also worth of note: Israel has announced an exceptionally long 11-day closure of the West Bank and Gaza for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot - which is actually shorter. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech in which he warned Netanyahu that he was leading his people to 'death and destruction,’ accused Israel and the US of conspiring to derail the Iranian nuclear deal and start a regional war, and urged Jews to leave ‘occupied Palestine and warned Israel not to embark on a 'stupid war’ with Syria or Lebanon because it won’t know how to get out. Nasrallah also accused Israel of plantingand detonating  'booby-trapped cameras'  inside Lebanon.
Quick Hits:
  • Politicians pressured IDF chief to reduce Hebron shooter's sentence - IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot refused to be influenced in deciding whether to reduce sentence of Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting immobilized terrorist. Eizenkot cuts four months off prison time "out of mercy."(Israel Hayom)
  • Netanyahu opposes MK Anat Berko's plan to divide Jerusalem - Prime Minister said that the initiative from a member of the Likud "is not the Likud's position." Berko: "The founding generation of the Likud supports me." (Maariv, p. 8)
  • *Israel Police to Restrict Media Coverage of Events if 'Journalist's Entry Inflames Violent Atmosphere' - New guidelines follows reports of police violence and allow cops to block reporters from entering a scene if their presences could inflame tensions. [Note: This could potentially be used to prevent Arab journalists from reporting on anything to do with the right-wing, or female reporters from reporting on ultra-Orthodox demonstrations. OH) (Haaretz+)
  • 'Collective punishment' enacted on West Bank Palestinians for 6th day running - Locals have been largely trapped inside a cluster of villages northwest of Jerusalem as a result of military roadblocks and strict security checks, since Sept. 26, when 37-year-old Nimr Jamal from Beit Surik carried out a shooting attack outside of the adjacent illegal Har Adar settlement, killing three. Israeli human rights group B’Tselem denounced it as an act of “collective punishment” on tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians. (Maan)
  • Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians, including 52-year-old woman in raids - A raid in Doha south of Bethlehem city erupted into clashes and a house in the town caught fire after Israeli forces fired a sound bomb at it. A number of residents, including a 52-year-old woman identified as Amal Abdullah Saad, were reportedly detained after Israeli forces stormed the town. (Maan)
  • Israeli soldiers, interrogators 'torture' Palestinian minor from Aida refugee camp - Israeli forces stormed 14-year-old Suleiman Salem al-Dibs; home at 3 a.m., damaging the family's property. Soldier took Suleiman outside of the house, slammed him against a wall and assaulted him, and put him in tight handcuffs, his lawyer said. (Maan)
  • After Israeli ambassador intervened, U.K. University made Holocaust survivor change title of speech - The speech at a BDS event at Manchester University by a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto was initially to include the description 'you're doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me.’ (Haaretz)
  • Israeli forces reportedly deny Palestinian farmers access to their land - The farmers from Azzoun said that after they approached their farms, located near Maale Shomron settlement, Israeli forces and settlement guards ordered them to leave the area and not return until mid-October because of Jewish holidays. (Maan)
  • Phone-smuggling ring to (Palestinian) security prisoners busted - Cops uncover surreptitious ring smuggling contraband to security prisoners using prison’s canteen company employees and crates; four Israelis, one West Bank resident arrested in connection with operation. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Quiet Yom Kippur for Jews, shootings and arson for Arabs - As serene quiet fell on Israeli towns and cities, shootings and arson plagued Israel's Arab towns, as recent surge of crime and violence shows no sign of dwindling. (Ynet)
  • Six Mossad personnel are expected to receive citations on operations carried out in enemy states - Male and female fighters took part in a series of secret operations around the world. The citations will be awarded by the Prime Minister and the head of the Mossad, who are expected to speak at the ceremony. (Maariv and Israel Hayom)
  • 11-year-old children played with ammunition that exploded - two were moderately wounded - The three boys allegedly played in between residential buildings in Elad (settlement). The explosion caused heavy damage to the building's gas infrastructure, residents were evacuated. All three were lightly-moderately wounded. ( )
  • 'Key goal of Palestinian Interpol bid is to prosecute Dahlan' - "Mohammed Dahlan … along with other Palestinians, are accused of stealing public funds and acts of corruption, and the objective of joining Interpol was first and foremost to issue warrants for their arrests and bring them to justice," says Palestinian Authority official. (Israel Hayom)
  • Madhat Yosef's brother: “(Ehud) Barak cut himself off from us and did not send a condolence letter” - Mehdi, the brother of a Druze IDF soldier who was killed in 2000 at Joseph's Tomb, attacked the conduct of senior officials at the event: "The helicopters began shooting only after he died, if he were the son of a general, they would have rescued him alive.” (Maariv)
  • Israel's Religious Parties Refuse to Fund Hike in Disability Allowances - Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Interior Minister Arye Dery and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, heads of 3 different religious parties, refused across-the-board cut in all government ministries. Most handicapped activists denounce highway blockages by those displeased with deal reached to end daily protests. (Haaretz+)
  • One eve of Gaza reconciliation, Hamas frees Fatah men - Move comes after Hamas terror group opts for reconciliation with Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; one released prisoner urges Abbas 'to order the release of all political prisoners in the West Bank.' (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Netanyahu denies Israeli role in Kurdish referendum after Erdogan claims Mossad pulled strings - In jab at Erdogan, Netanyahu says 'those who support Hamas' tend to see the Mossad's involvement where it suits them. (Haaretz)
  • IDF's night goggles offer unique glimpse into troops' operations - Many of the military's operations, especially the clandestine ones, are done under the cover of night • Israel Hayom offers a rare glimpse into various units' operations, as seen through some of the world's most advanced night vision technology. (Israel Hayom)
  • WATCH Israel's number one tennis player retires from major match for Yom Kippur - Dudi Sela, currently ranked 77 in the world, retired from only his second quarterfinal appearance of the year as the sun set on Yom Kippur in China. (Haaretz)
  • Israel ranked 19th most 'food secure' by UN global hunger report - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report notes, however, that Israel's ability to feed its own people is largely dependent on imports of food, grains and the energy sources required to sustain large portion of its agricultural sector. (Israel Hayom)
  • Likud MK doesn’t want trove of Jewish artifacts returned to Iraq - Anat Berko says archive held by US since 2003 'belongs to Jews of Iraqi origin, and not to Iraqis who persecuted and drove out their Jewish citizens.' (Israel Hayom)
  • Linda Sarsour at Racial Justice March: 'It Is Not My Job to Educate Jewish People That Palestinians Deserve Dignity' - At the New York march, Sarsour calls on white allies to confront racism in their own communities; Jewish protesters challenge those who brought Zionist signs to rally. (Haaretz+)
  • Airstrikes on ISIS-held areas in Syria kill and wound dozens - A day earlier, an attack by extremists killed over 120 pro-government fighters, briefly cutting off highway linking Damascus with eastern Syria • Russian Defense Ministry: Groups linked to ISIS and al-Qaida suffered "the most serious losses in months." (Israel Hayom)
  • Ancient Statue Damaged by ISIS Now on Display in Damascus - A restored 2,000-year-old Lion of Al-Lat statue can again stand as a symbol of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra. (Haaretz)
  • Team behind Iran nuclear deal in the running for Nobel Peace Prize - The 2015 nuclear agreement, which saw West lift sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear efforts, has come under fire by U.S. President Donald Trump, faces possible dissolution • Nobel Peace Prize, worth $1.1, to be awarded on Oct. 6. (Israel Hayom)

It was lost in the sand: In the footsteps of the enemy soldier's diary from Sinai
Said, an Egyptian soldier, wrote and illustrated a personal diary in the months preceding the war inside of which he recounted the stories and portraits of his comrades. The diary arrived into the hands of Oded Yaron, who for 44 years has been looking for any way to return it to its owner. (Jackie Hugi, Maariv+PHOTOS)
When Jews Wore Burkas: Exhibition Showcases 19th Century Jewish Fashion
The Israel Museum's collection of Jewish clothing, representing styles worn by Jewish women in North Africa, Yemen and Asia, will be showcased in NYC starting next month. (JTA, Haaretz)
Gender revolution in Mossad ranks
The Israeli foreign intelligence service sets precedent with two women appointed to head divisions simultaneously, marking a first in organization's—and country's—history; further appointments to junior managerial positions forthcoming. (Ronen Bergman, Yedioth/Ynet)
Before the war: Golda (Meir) tried to reach a political settlement with Sadat
The former prime minister was fixed in historical memory as a peace refusenik who could have prevented the Yom Kippur War. But another glance at her activity revealed that she was wronged: She had agreed to meet, wanted to speak, conveyed messages and even considered a partial withdrawal. (Shimon Mendes, Maariv)
The Threat of Palestinian Laborers' Frustration (Moshe Arens, Haaretz+) The terror attack in Har Hadar stems from a resentment that is likely shared by the tens of thousands of Palestinian who make their way to Israel day by day for work.
When Israel’s government celebrates controversy (Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka, Yedioth/Ynet) It is in our hands to decide whether to create a reality in which a state ceremony in Gush Etzion is a unifying event marching Israel towards a future that realizes the Zionist vision, or a divisive event marching Israel towards its end as the Jewish people’s democratic state.
Continued Palestinian Authority-Hamas Rift Is Good News for Netanyahu (Amos Harel, Haaretz+) As far as Israel is concerned, Palestinian reconciliation could lead to calm on the Gaza border for a relatively long period, although there are still many question marks.
Before the Spaniards preach morality to us, they better look at their own deeds (MK Ksenia Svetlova, Maariv) A country that frequently criticizes us uses oppressive methods against its citizens. Many in Catalonia oppose separation. However, from the moment they saw Madrid's attempt to deny them the right to decide, they took to the streets.
Israel, Partner in Genocides (Yair Auron, Haaretz+) Sending weapons to a government that’s guilty of genocide is very similar to sending weapons to Germany during the Holocaust.
In the end, we will win: The vote in the (Catalonia) referendum was for me more than a vote to support independence (Jordi Kahlo, Maariv) I am sober and know that independence doesn’t come from today to tomorrow. But it is important to show Madrid, precisely because it did not hesitate to send us riot dispersal units to beat and injure, that we will defend our human rights and our human dignity to the end.
Who Are the True Heirs to the Land of Israel? (Odeh Bisharat, Haaretz+) The way the current Israeli government talks about ‘the land of the forefathers’ in the real estate sense of the term is appalling. Yet there’s always an Achilles’ heel.
Hamas masquerade (Prof. Eyal Zisser, Israel Hayom) Israel cannot allow Hamas to mimic the Lebanese model, whereby Hezbollah is the driving military force without bearing governmental responsibility for the country's fate.
Netanyahu Wants to Destory Even More (Haaretz Editorial) Inserting political considerations into the professional bureaucracy out of a desire to distribute jobs to cronies would deal a critical blow to the functioning of the government.
In the future, Israeli society will thank (Chief Justice) Naor and (IDF Chief of Staff) Eisenkot for preserving the stateliness of the country (Dr. Revital Amiran, Maariv) It is to be hoped that the next High Court Chief Justice, Esther Hayut, will be equipped with the courage of Chief Justice Naor, and that the shortening of Elor Azaria's sentence was a one-time mistake by the Chief of Staff.
Netanyahu gets an extra year in office on a silver platter (Yossi Verter, Haaretz+) Don’t look for an economic reason for the weird budget-in-advance idea; there isn’t any. The answer lies in the political arena.
'Reconciliation Is Just a Lie': Skepticism in Gaza at Yet Another Attempt at Palestinian Unity (Mohammed M., Haaretz) Ordinary Gazans have paid the price for the brinkmanship between Hamas and Fatah. They don't see that changing.
The Rift Between the Israeli Army and Mossad Started Long Before the Yom Kippur War (Amir Oren, Haaretz) Recently declassified IDF documents show that during the 1956 Sinai Campaign, Military Intelligence and the spy agency clashed as well.
I Opposed Building Israeli Fighter Jet Based on the Truth (Kobi Richter, Haaretz+) My modest contribution to making the decision to scrap the Lavi wasn’t based on any lies, Mr. Arens, and I’m proud of it.

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