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Dec. 9, 2016, Vol. 24, No. 233
and American intelligence agencies have spied on Israeli government officials,
as well as on diplomats and defense industry officials the French daily Le Monde
reported. The report was based on documents leaked by American whistleblower
Edward Snowden. The report alleged that spying after
a former NSA subcontractor, made headlines in 2013 when he leaked classified
information about numerous global surveillance programs. He fled the
documents revealed that Israeli ambassadors in
British also monitored the Israeli Agency for International Development
Cooperation at the Foreign Ministry, as well as several universities research
centers, specifically the
further reported that in a document from 2008 stated that "the Israelis remain a
real threat to the stability of the region, in particular because of the
position of this country with respect to the Iranian dossier." The documents
also revealed that, other than the
The leaked documents disclosed that the British also monitored the Palestinian Authority, as communications between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian delegations worldwide were also found to have been hacked between 2008 and 2009.
this year, the German daily Der Spiegel reported that the GCHQ and the NSA had
succeeded in collecting 18 years of drone transmissions after cracking the
Israeli military's encryption for communication among fighter jets, drones and
military bases, using it to monitor IDF forces in Judea and
interview to the Syrian Arabic daily newspaper Al-Watan, Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad said that
Syrian president was referring to the “hostile policies” of Persian Gulf states
the “hostile positions” taken by
“occupied Syrian territory” refers to the parts of the Golan Heights region that
were won by
Activist Urges Probe of 'Trial' Circumcisions on Ethiopian Babies
Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid) is calling for an investigation
into the members of the Israeli rabbinate who encourage trainee mohel to
"practice" on babies of Ethiopian extraction and babies of foreign laborers in
came to light this week in a Channel 2 expose that revealed the contemptuous
attitude of some rabbis in
The report set off a stormy debate in the Knesset Immigrant Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on Monday, in which committee chairman Avraham Neguise (Likud) called the facts that came to light "a new low in discrimination against the [Ethiopian] community, which is portrayed as a weak community ... this matter must be investigated, and those guilty put on trial, but the Health Ministry is evading responsibility."
Rabbi Pinchas Frenkel, the Health Ministry official responsible for overseeing religious matters, stressed that a ritual circumcision was not considered a "medical procedure" and therefore the Health Ministry and the Chief Rabbinate were jointly responsible for overseeing it.
Tamano-Shata attended the committee meeting, making an impassioned call to
investigate the allegations: "There needs to be an investigative committee! Let
the rabbis come and explain what they think of us! Who gave them permission? Why
do they have a monopoly [on circumcision]? I want to know why! If it was
European Jews, the media would be making noise. But what does it matter? It's
In an interview with Israel Hayom, Tamano-Shata said: "I can't believe that after the babies were hurt -- there is evidence -- no one has done anything. That isn't my country; these aren't the Jewish values on which I was raised. "If we don't know how to take care of the rights of the weakest populations, what are we worth? Babies must not be exposed to danger because of the color of their skin," Shata declared.
"For a week I've been traveling around my country, and waiting to hear that there's been a follow-up, that the relevant ministers are addressing it, that an investigation has been launched. I myself went and filed a complaint with the police, but no one is doing anything. Unfortunately, the decision-makers are detached from the public.
"It is unacceptable that people, because they aren't Jewish, are subject to 'experiments' that hurt babies. My shouts [in the Knesset committee] came as a mother, as a Jewish woman, who is no longer willing to be a victim," she said.
Tamano-Shata noted she was happy that the clip of her outburst in the Knesset
had gone viral, as it proved that there were people in
Haredi Youths Train for All-Haredi Paratrooper Unit
Forty-five haredi youths participated this week in a preparatory program for the "Haredim Tzanhanim" (Hetz) unit, an all-haredi paratroopers unit. Applicants to the security services spent two days in preparation for consideration for the unit. The preparation included workshops, mental and spiritual preparation, classes in Krav Maga, and lessons in Jewish and Israeli history in the community of Beit Meir. The youths met paratroopers, including commanders, soldiers performing their mandatory service, soldiers in the reserves and IDF rabbis.
The paratroopers brigade will enlist new soldiers on December 19. Basic training will last four months, and will be followed by a further four months of advanced training. At the end, the soldiers will receive the red beret of the paratroopers.
Security Minister Avigdor Liberman said: "Integrating the youth from the haredi community into the IDF is not only an important element in strengthening the integration [of the haredi community] into the [larger] population and increasing their contribution to society. It is an important element in strengthening Israeli society and unity [as a whole]. The first formation of the Haredim Tzanhanim is another milestone, which joins the service of hundreds of haredim" in other units. He said that the Defense Ministry would continue to work towards the increased recruitment of haredim to the IDF.
In a related story, the head of haredi recruitment in Bnei Brak was threatened by extremists against the recruitment of haredim to the IDF. A note was pinned to the door of Mendy Katz, threatening him if he did not cease recruitment efforts among the haredi community. "To Mendy Katz, hunter of the neighborhood," the letter read, "if you desire a peaceful life, cease your work and stop secularizing our community. You will pay for everything in heaven!"
The letter claims that Katz pretends to be religious to fool haredim and says that eating pork would be preferable to Katz's activities. "We know all about you." the letter continues. "Keep your sidelocks under your kippah. This letter is designed to bring you to repentance." Katz has been harassed by extremists in the past. This is the first time that he has been threatened, however.
Poll: Israelis Love Their Internet, Enamored with Online Romance
Israelis have embraced the digital era, with 90% using the WhatsApp mobile messaging app, according to a report on internet use nationwide published Wednesday by Bezeq telecommunications group. The report reviews Israeli internet usage and behavior and is based on in-depth research conducted in conjunction with the TNS global market research institute among 1,000 respondents, including teens.
According to the report, 38% of internet users met their current romantic partners online, compared to 32% in 2014. But the people surveyed were also aware of the cost of being constantly plugged in: Over three-quarters (77%) of respondents said that because of smartphones and the internet, we don't spend enough time talking with the people we are closest to.
Other negative aspects of online culture also came to light, according to the survey: 2016 saw an increase in the amount of online "shaming," with 70% of respondents saying they had witnessed it, 10% more than in 2015. One out of every five users had their email, Facebook, or other online accounts hacked. But despite the increase in online shaming and the number of hacking incidents, the report indicated that over 50% of youth still keep potentially embarrassing pictures on their smartphones, compared to 7% of users age 55 and over.
One-third of respondents said they did nothing when confronted with shaming posts or images on social media, whereas 22% said they deleted them immediately, 12% said they discussed such cases and 13% shared them.
The report also revealed that in 2016, some 6.4 million Israelis were internet users. Approximately one-third watch movies and TV shows online on their computers or mobile devices. The report also said that it was hard for Israelis to unplug, even while on vacation: most respondents said that when traveling abroad, they preferred to purchase roaming internet packages rather than roaming phone service.
Jew Forced to Counterfeit Banknotes by Nazis Dies at 99
Burger, a Holocaust survivor who was forced by the Nazis to counterfeit British
banknotes during WWII, has died in
In 1944, Burger was selected to take part in Operation Bernhard, a Nazi effort to destabilize the British economy by flooding the country with forged pound banknotes. He was moved to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where he worked in a special section of the camp devoted to the counterfeiting operation.
thought somehow I would survive
war, Burger settled in
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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