News Nosh 12.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, December 10, 2018

*Please note that News Nosh will be truncated and limited to the English Israeli media through Thursday, December 13, while Orly Halpern is away.
 

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Seven Israelis were wounded in a terrorist shooting at a bus stop near the Ofra settlement in the West Bank. Among the injured was a pregnant woman who was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for an emergency c-section - the woman is stable, but the baby is in critical condition. The IDF is searching for the shooter in the nearby village of Silwad. Wafa News in Ramallah reported that the IDF raided their offices on Monday and clashed with Palestinian youth in the area, possibly in the course of its manhunt for the Ofra shooter. 

The Jewish Home party called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to legalize the settlement and grant it the status of a "normal Israeli town." Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked tweeted: “The draft legal opinion is ready. To counter Mahmoud Abbas’ 'terror menu,' we must post our own menu: every attack will strengthen the settlement enterprise instead of weakening it, and every potential terrorist will know in advance that bolstering the settlements would be registered in his name.” The Times of Israels reports that privately Prime Minister Netanyahu is resisting calls from within and beyond his party to respond by legalizing Jewish homes in the settlement.

Hamas praised the terrorist attack - “Despite all the attempts to uproot the resistance to the occupation, the action on [Sunday] evening proves that the principle of resistance is still alive and beating" - leading the US administration to again criticize the UN for failing to pass last week's resolution condemning the organization.

 
Quick Hits:
  • Inside the evangelical money flowing into the West Bank: A Haaretz investigation reveals that Christian groups have invested $65 million into the West Bank, "the biblical heartland," in addition to providing services free of charge. Haaretz says a growing number of these evangelical groups are working exclusively in the West Bank.
  • Listen to Haaretz's podcast interview with two of the organizers behind last week's mass protest against violence against women. They discussed the struggle not only for government protection against violence but also "for a greater voice in running what is still a highly militaristic and male-dominated society."
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu privately told Israeli ambassadors that he is considering restoring authority to the Foreign Ministry - Bibi serves as Foreign Minister - over areas of responsibility that have been delegated to other ministries, such as Strategic Affairs and Diaspora Affairs. (Haaretz)
  • 28 protestors were arrested in B'nai Brak in an ultra-orthodox demonstration against the military draft. (Times of Israel)
  • After years of negotiations, the Israeli Defense Ministry and HALO Trust, a British anti-mine organization, are making progress clearing away landmines from the area around the Qasr al Yahud baptism site near Jericho. (Times of Israel)
  • Two New England police departments pull out of a training seminar in Israel after protests from residents and groups such as Vermonters for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. (Jerusalem Post)
  • B'tselem CEO Hagai El-Ad said in accepting France's Human Rights award: “The occupation is organized, continuing state violence that leads to dispossession, killing and oppression. All of the mechanisms of the state are partners in it: The ministers and the judges, the officers and the planners, the MKs and bureaucrats. Those who lead the resistance to this unjust reality are the human rights organizations, because we completely oppose violence and harm to civilians.” (Jerusalem Post)

 

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