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Turkey's Erdogan Expected to Spit Fire at OIC Meeting on Jerusalem
By The Jerusalem Post
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use a special meeting of the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the American recognition of
Jerusalem as Israel's capital, to better position himself domestically and in the Muslim
world, a senior Israeli diplomatic official said on Tuesday.
According to the official, Erdogan is following a pattern of behavior he used in 2010
following the MV Mavi Marmara protest ship incident, in which he rode his confrontational
approach to Israel to a position of great popularity in the Arab and Muslim world.
Erdogan whose rhetoric over the Jerusalem issue throughout the last week has
been vitriolic is convening an "extraordinary meeting" of the OIC to discuss
President Donald Trump's recent decision, in the hopes of issuing a joint Muslim reaction
Turkey is currently the president of the 57-member organization that includes Muslim
countries on four continents, and Erdogan is scheduled to address both the opening and
closing sessions of Wednesday's summit, taking advantage of the gathering to cast himself
in the role of the Muslim defender of Jerusalem. Erdogan has accused the United States of
ignoring Palestinian claims to east Jerusalem and "trampling on international law."
Trump: 'The Jewish People are a Light to All Nations'
President Donald Trump wished the Jewish people a happy Chanukah as the Festival of
Lights got underway at sundown on Tuesday. "Chanukah is a time for Jewish families around
the world to come together around the lighting of the menorah and celebrate the miracles
of the past and promises of the future. Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and
sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the
company of those they love," Trump said in a statement.
"The miracle of Chanukah began more than 2,000 years ago, when the practice of Judaism
was made punishable by death. A small band of Jewish patriots rose up and reclaimed their
Jewish identity by vanquishing a mighty army. In their pursuit to rededicate their holy
Temple, the Jewish heroes found only enough oil to light the Temple's menorah for one
night. However, a miracle occurred and with God's grace the oil lasted for eight
"On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to
all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish State, which has itself a
miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds. We hope that those observing the
holiday here, in Israel, and around the world have a wonderful holiday," he concluded.
Last week, Trump hosted a Chanukah reception at the White House, continuing the annual
tradition started by former President George W. Bush. In his remarks at the reception,
Trump noted that this is an "especially special" Chanukah, and mentioned his declaration
recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital which was made a day earlier.
"Chanukah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of
the past and the promises of the future. We are proud to stand with the people of Israel
and renew our enduring bond," said Trump. "And right now I'm thinking about what's going
on and the love that's all over Israel and all about Jerusalem," he added.
Female Soldier Rescued from Lynch: 'I Saw Death'
Shelly Rodriguez, who was rescued a year ago from a lynching in the Palestinian
Authority city of Tulkarm, decided on Tuesday to tell about the moments of terror she
experienced during the ordeal.
Rodriguez and her friend, both young women in IDF service at the time, were driving in
her car and after making a wrong turn, entered the Arab city and were attacked with rocks.
"I'm glad it's behind me, I saw death in front of my eyes," she said in a conversation
with Five with Rafi Reshef on News 10. "You have to avoid shock and just function."
When Rodriguez was asked how she made the mistake of entering Tulkarm, she explained
that the settings delineating Palestinian Authority areas A and B of Judea and Samaria in
the Waze navigation software were turned off.
Area A of the Palestinian Authority is not under Israeli control in any way, while
Israel oversees security for Area B. Area C is not part of the PA and contains all the
Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria and about 4% of the total Palestinian Arab
population. Tulkarm is in Area A.
"When I see them (Arabs, ed.) in the street, I'm afraid something will happen," she
admitted today, a year after the incident. "Shortly after the incident, I had a period
when I couldn't drive my car because I was afraid someone would appear and begin hurling
rocks at me. If someone would cut in front of me in traffic I would jump up and down in
the from the tension."
Israeli Researchers: Surgery on Children May Cause Chronic Trauma
By The Jerusalem Post
One-third of children who undergo operations develop pediatric medical traumatic
stress, or PMTS, according to newly published study by researchers at the Ariel University
Department of Behavioral Sciences.
While the psychological distress disappears spontaneously for many, a significant
portion of youngsters might develop chronic mental distress and dysfunction including
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PMTS refers to a set of psychological and physiological responses of children and their
families to pain, injury, serious illness, medical procedures and invasive or frightening
treatment experiences. These responses can include symptoms of arousal, re-experiencing
the trauma and avoidance.
PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event either
by experiencing or witnessing that event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares,
severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PMTS causes reluctance
to follow doctor's instructions, fear of medical staffers and injections, sleep
difficulties, restlessness, repeated bad dreams even nervousness at seeing white
Tens of thousands of Israeli children undergo surgery each year. As part of their
treatment, many of them are exposed to pain, uncertainty, helplessness, fear of disability
and life-threatening situations.
The study was carried out on children who underwent operations in the pediatric surgery
department of Hadassah University Medical Center, in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem, in cooperation
with Ariel University researchers.
Children's emotional reactions to surgery had not been studied before, said doctoral
student Amihai Ben-Ari, who worked under the direction of Prof. Dana Margalit and Dr.
Porto Ben-Harosh. A total of 230 children who underwent surgery 79 girls and 151
boys were included in the study. The majority of operations had been planned in
advanced, while one-quarter of the procedures were emergency surgeries. The average length
of hospitalization was 4.5 days. During the study, two tests were performed the
first was done close to the time of surgery and the other, after about three months.
The findings showed that a significant proportion of the children in the study reported
persistent mental distress, with 31.7% of developing PMTS and 11.3% reporting PTSD. Risk
factors include: parental anxiety, duration of hospitalization, number of invasive medical
procedures and the family's socioeconomic status.
Today, many children with chronic post-surgical PTSD remain undiagnosed and untreated
due to lack of awareness about the subject and insufficient allocation of resources for
treatment, the authors wrote. Identifying children at high risk for the condition can
bring about effective intervention, despite limited resources. There appears to be a need
for a future screening tool to identify children at risk of developing a medical-stress
syndrome, they concluded.
Agreement Reached: High School Teachers' Strike Ends
The high school teachers' strike has ended after the Teachers' Associated reached a new
employment agreement with the Finance Ministry on Monday, setting teachers' starting
salary at NIS 8,000 ($2,265).
The turning point in negotiations came after the Teachers' Association decided to
cancel all tests, including tests preparing students for the matriculation exams' winter
dates, putting pressure on the government to reach an agreement.
The main points of the agreement: The starting salary for a new teacher will be NIS
8,000 starting Sept. 1, 2018. All educators under the collective agreement will receive
an additional NIS 480, paid in increments over 4 years. The maximum stipend for continuing
education programs for teachers who are part of the "Oz Latmora" reform will be increased
from 18% to 19%.
Teachers will receive additional pay for any additional roles they take on at the
school. Teachers who serve as educational advisor will see an increase of 3% to their
additional pay, which will be done in two stages: 2% starting January 2020 and 1% starting
January 2021. All educators will receive a one-time bonus of NIS 1,000.
The Teachers' Association has committed not to strike over issues covered in the
agreement until February 28, 2022. After reaching the agreement, the head of the Teachers'
Association, Ran Erez, thanked the teachers, saying their "strength and determination"
helped bring to the achievements in the agreement.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon welcomed the agreement, saying it would "lead to the
improvement of the quality of teaching, narrow the gaps in the education system and
increase motivation to work in the field of education. The teachers are precious assets
who protect our children, and our job is to protect them and give them the tools they need
to do their job."
Education Minister Naftali Bennett also welcomed to agreement. "Today, we are putting
the teachers of Israel at the top of the national list of priorities," he said. "The
starting salary for teachers will increase by 20%. This is a real hike to salaries, which
would greatly help teachers who are only starting out. We will continue to do whatever it
takes to bring talented and ideals-driven people into the education system."
Education Ministry Director-General Shmuel Abuav noted the increase to a teacher's
starting salary, saying it "would allow us to recruit young, quality teachers to the
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