News Nosh: 10.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 9, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“I’ve worked with Arabs for many years, and I'm not afraid … they are very respectful people, and many Palestinians I work with told me that they are saddened by what happened to me, and to two other victims,” she reiterated.
—Sarah Vettori was shot and injured Sunday at the Barkan industrial zone by a Palestinian, a former employee who shot and killed two other Jewish employees. She was then saved by a Palestinian employee, who ran to help her.

Front Page:
Haaretz
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Turning over every stone - Two brigades and special units searching for the terrorist
  • Oversight on the fence - Palestinians rioted on Gaza border and succeeded in infiltrating Israel and burning IDF post
  • “One Palestinian murdered, another saved my life” - When Sara Vitori was injured from the bullet of the terrorist at the factory, it was the warehouseman, Basel, who rushed to help her
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
  • Waiting for the terrorist’s mistake
  • 12 years to save the world - Dramatic UN report to world leaders
  • The map of cancer
  • The party of the ruler - Organizers of the Likudiada event considering changing event name to ‘Bibiada'
Israel Hayom
News Summary:
The latest news following the attack by a Palestinian at an Israeli factory in the West Bank, the report that revealed that Haifa has the highest cancer rates in the country and the announcement by the head of the Israel Bar Association that he will suspend himself from the committee that appoints judges after it was revealed that he helped smuggle his mistress out of and into the country and he lied about it to police - making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

Israeli security forces are still hunting for the Palestinian young man who murdered two Israelis at an Israeli factory in the West Bank, and they detained his brother and his sister, a university lecturer. The papers also reported that the Jewish Israelis and the Palestinians still working together at the Barkan industrial zone want to continue their co-existence (also Maariv. But, security checks of Palestinians were far stricter and Palestinian cars were no longer allowed to enter. The Israeli military began reviewing security protocols for the industrial zone, but officials said it was ‘impossible to inspect 3,000 Palestinian workers in one hour.’

*Yedioth revealed that the woman, who was shot and injured by the Palestinian attacker, was saved by a Palestinian employees of the factory. Sarah Vettori, who was shot in the stomach by the killer, said that Basel, a Palestinian man who has worked at the factory for years, ran to her office when he heard the shots, pulled her out from under the table and put pressure on her wound with a roll of paper (towel?) to stop the bleeding and he kept her conscious by stroking her face and whispering ‘my dear, my dear,’ until the ambulance arrived. "Basel saved my life,” she said, adding, “I’ve worked with Arabs for many years, and I'm not afraid … they are very respectful people, and many Palestinians I work with told me that they are saddened by what happened to me, and to two other victims,” she reiterated. [Note: Interestingly, this was the main front page story in Yedioth, however, Israel Hayom, which also interviewed Vitori, buried deep in the article the part about Basel saving her. Yedioth also revealed that the killer was not the one who tied the hands of one of the people he shot dead. The killer reportedly forced under threat of death a 20-year-old Palestinian cleaner at the factory to tie up Kim Levengrond Yehezkel. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to “settle accounts” with the murderer.

GAZA NEWS:
  • Videos Show Gazan Protesters Cross Border Fence, Set Fire to Unmanned Israeli Army Post - Palestinians report 11 wounded by Israeli army fire in clashes. Some 7,000 demonstrate in northern Gaza. Explosive devices, grenades and firebombs hurled at Israeli troops. (Haaretz and Ynet)
  • Egypt to press Abbas: Cooperate with Gaza talks or we'll quit efforts - Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel to hold series of meetings in the PA, Israel and Jordan in effort to promote agreement to end the violence in Gaza; Cairo sees Abbas's intransigence as an obstacle. (Ynet and Maariv)
  • World Jewish Congress petitions UN against Hamas - In the wake of 5 months of arson terror in the south, WJC CEO Robert Singer tells the UN 'Hamas is committing consistent environmental crimes,' calls upon the UNEP to join 22,000 signatories in condemning the terror organization.  (Ynet)

DIPLOMACY:
  • Netanyahu says will discuss Iranian aggression on northern border with Putin - On the backdrop of the arrival of the S-300 from Russia to Syria, Netanyahu warned that if Israel withdraws from the Golan Heights, 'Iran and Hezbollah will sit on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.' (Haaretz+)
  • U.S. envoy Greenblatt denies Trump's peace plan includes Jordanian-Palestinian confederation
  • Abbas claimed in September that Trump' -  peace team offered him a plan based on a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli Labor leader discusses two-state solution with Jordanian king - In Amman, Avi Gabbay told King Abdullah that two-state solution is 'the best way to bring peace and long-term security to Israel.’ (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • EU's Mogherini: Two-state solution being 'dismantled piece by piece' - EU foreign policy chief adds that Gaza desalination plant 'closer than ever' to being completed. (Haaretz)
  • EU parliament member says she prefers 'devil' to Israeli MK Dichter - At European Parliament, Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes calls ex-Shin Bet chief Dichter a "warmonger" • Spanish MEP Javier Couso Permuy accuses him of bombing civilians before exiting hall in protest • Dichter: I am very proud of Israel's anti-terror efforts. (Israel Hayom)
  • China's vice president to visit Israel - Wang Qishan will be in Israel October 22-25 to head the fourth China-Israel Innovation Committee. He may be joined by Jack Ma, Alibaba's founder. (Haaretz and Yedioth/Ynet)
 
Quick Hits:
  • In photos: Palestinian prisoner dressed as Israeli soldier - Israeli forces raided the home of Hasan Karajeh, a human rights youth activist who was the Ambassador of Arab Youth at the Arab League. Forces dressed him in an Israeli soldier's uniform and then led him to his family’s home with his hands tied and raided that home and damaged furniture and personal belongings, and physically assaulted his brother.  (Maan+PHOTOS)
  • Policeman suspected of assaulting Israeli Arab leader in custody to be tried - Jafar Farah was arrested following a protest in Haifa in May against Israel's policies in Gaza. He says that while in custody, the cop knocked him to the ground and handcuffed him with force. [Farah’s leg was broken.] (Haaretz+)
  • 'You help brothers before cousins': Party running for Haifa municipal elections to create Jews-only merchant list - As part of city council campaign, chairman of right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party vows to boost business of Jewish merchants in Talpiot produce market. (Haaretz+)
  • In First Since 2015 'Knife Intifada,' Police Blocks Road in East Jerusalem Neighborhood - Residents say action was taken because some Palestinian children had been throwing stones at the Border Police outpost near the neighborhood. Police claim perpetrators were 'masked men,' add blocks were removed shortly after. (Haaretz+)
  • Incendiary balloon lands in Jerusalem suburb - Police sappers neutralize device at the scene in Samaria community of Givat Ze'ev north of Jerusalem • Incendiary balloons also land in Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Dorot in Gaza periphery. Gaza Health Ministry says 11 Palestinians wounded in border riots. (Israel Hayom)
  • News of Jews Taking Over House Next to Jerusalem's Temple Mount Spur Palestinian Media Uproar - Internal Palestinian political rivalries ultimately led Palestinian Authority to sell property to a broker, who immediately transferred it to a right-wing Israeli NGO, reports say. (Haaretz+)
  • In Rare Move, Hebrew University Asks to Join Appeal of U.S. Student Detained by Israel - University calls on ministers to allow Lara Alqasem's entry. Court orders she remain in detention until a ruling on the matter. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel's committee chairman blocks early release of security prisoners - The chairman warned of shutting down the bill to alarly release of some 300 Palestinian prisoners to assure 'no terrorist or security prisoner is released by it.’ (Haaretz+)
  • UNRWA says Israeli inspectors tried to raid its East Jerusalem clinic - Palestinian sources call the inspection a very unusual step because the clinic doesn't work under an Israeli Health Ministry permit. Incident comes after Jerusalem mayor announces Israel will take over UNRWA's services. (Haaretz+)
  • Falashmura immigration will make denying Palestinian family reunification harder, AG tells ministers - In letter to ministers, attorney general says government plan to allow 1,000 Ethiopian non-Jews whose children are in Israel to immigrate will make it legally harder to defend denying other family reunification schemes. (Haaretz+)
  • Hundreds attend funeral of father of three, killed in West Bank terror attack - 'You left us three amazing grandkids and we will support Natalie and help them get through this difficult period. I love you, Ziv,' said Iris Hajbi at her son's funeral. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Senior Israeli prison officer targeted in car bomb - No one was injured. Unclear if the intention to hurt or kill the officer, or just to send a threatening message. (Haaretz)
  • European soccer body to Israel: Don't air games in West Bank settlements - Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation won the bidding process to broadcast World Cup preliminary games. But under pressure from a Qatari broadcasting company, UEFA is barring the airing of the games beyond the Green Line. (Haaretz+)
  • Canadian Doctors Quit World Body Over Israeli Leader’s ‘Plagiarism’ - Denial issued on behalf of World Medical Association head Leonid Edelman. (Haaretz+)
  • Launch of Far-right AfD's Jewish Faction Flops as Hundreds of Counterprotesters Rally Nearby - While Jews in the far-right German party celebrated in muted fashion in Wiesbaden on Sunday, some 400 demonstrators attended a counterrally and all major Jewish-German groups united to criticize the new faction. (Haaretz+)
  • Missing dissident: Turkey requests to search Saudi consulate, summons ambassador again - Turkish officials believe the prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Missing Dissident: Trump’s Saudi Policy Lets MBS Think He Can Get Away With Murder, ex-U.S. Officials Say - As fears grow about fate of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish authorities believe was killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, experts warn that White House silence is part of the problem. (Haaretz+)
  • Mueller Probe: Israeli Firm, Trump Campaign Discussed Smearing Rivals in 2016 - The contacts between Rick Gates, Trump’s deputy campaign manager in 2016, and Psy-Group, are being examined by the special counsel, NYT reports. (Haaretz)


Features:
Letters to the Editor: Let Me Tell You About Lara Alqasem, the American Student Detained by Israel. (Haaretz)
 
Commentary/Analysis:
Liberal Jews of the world, unite! The only thing you have to lose is your pain (Chemi Shalev, Haaretz+) American Jewry and the Israeli left should issue a joint Declaration of Independence from Trump and Netanyahu and their dangerous assaults on democracy
A powder keg in the West Bank (Yossi Yehoshua, Yedioth/Ynet) The IDF must reexamine the security arrangements at the industrial zones and find out how the Barkan terrorist got a rifle in despite metal detectors. And unless the incitement in the Palestinian Authority stops, the West Bank might blow up even before Gaza.
Israel Closing UNRWA in East Jerusalem: Assuming Responsibility or a Political Move? (Nir Hasson, Haaretz+) Plans to shut down all UNRWA activities would force Jerusalem to take responsibility for all Palestinians living in the city when it can barely provide necessary services to its Palestinian residents.
Israel continues to nurture the source of the constant fire of terrorism - the Palestinian Authority (Nadav Haetzni, Maariv) As long as there is an entity in the field that educates the children of the kindergarten and the Palestinian schools that we are descendants of the monkeys and pigs and that we have no right to live in Barkan (West Bank) and Tel Aviv, terrorism will continue to strike.
Turkey, jailer of journalists, now slams Saudi Arabia - for murdering a journalist (Simon A. Waldman, Haaretz+) Two of the world's biggest suppressors of freedom of expression are about to go head to head over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, while the West, keen to keep Riyadh's billions onside, will only muster a silent displeasure, a whisper in a thunderstorm.
The issue of the student Lara Alqasem - the right to refuse (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth) Alqasem lied and hid facts during the process of receiving a visa (to Israel), which would have prevented her entry to half of the European countries. In the US, they would have expelled her immediately, without allowing her to hold a media festival from the detention facility at the airport. It doesn’t matter where she will be next week, what is important in that this story is the hypocrisy whenever it’s about an Israeli interest.
Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, the ‘PR Guy’ With an Unusual Weakness for the Spotlight (Raviv Drucker, Haaretz+) Cohen has a knack for being near the cameras during official ceremonies and his relationship with journalists is much closer than what was customary in the past, signs pointing toward a possible future in politics.
A Test to Equality Before the Law in Israel (Haaretz Editorial) The importance of the case of Israel Bar Association President Efraim Nave lies more than anything else in providing a litmus test for Israel's democracy.
Rudy Giuliani Backs Calling George Soros the 'anti-Christ.' Is That anti-Semitic? (Jonathan S. Tobin, Haaretz+) When President Trump and his close allies blame Jewish billionaire Soros for funding and inciting anti-Kavanaugh protests, is that a dog whistle for anti-Semites?
Incitement breeds a despicable murderer (Dr. Haim Shine, Israel Hayom) It is the murderous narrative perpetuated by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas that prompted a Palestinian man to kill two people and wound a third on Sunday – not economic distress or lack of Israeli deterrence.
When Your Favorite Vacation Destinations Are Run by Dictators (Ofri Ilany, Haaretz+) Where can one flee? To anti-liberal Hungary? Oligarchic Bulgaria? Nationalist Austria? Rapidly deteriorating Italy? More and more countries are succumbing to the powers of darkness.
What Will You Say When Your Kids Ask About Trump, and the End of America? (Bradley Burston, Haaretz+) Trump, meantime, knows exactly what he wants your kids to think, do, know. As president – that is, as the primary role model for America's children – he is teaching your kids by his every word, grimace, dog-whistle and tweet.
Race for Jerusalem mayor heats up with mud-slinging and conspiracies (Nir Hasson, Haaretz+) With less than a month to go, battles are raging over the ultra-Orthodox vote and continuing attempts are being made to blacken the name of the leading candidate.

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