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Israel Rejects Independent Probe into Deadly Violence Against Palestinian
By VOA News & World Israel News
Friday's violence along the Gaza Strip was the deadliest day between Israelis and
Palestinians since 2014. More than 1,400 people were wounded. Israel said 10 of the up to
17 Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli gunfire were "documented" terrorists who tried
to sneak across the border.
The Israel military said its soldiers opened fire at the demonstrators only when a number
of them tried to damage the border fence and threw rocks and firebombs. There are also
allegations some demonstrators tried to goad soldiers into a gunfight.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the soldiers deserve medals for defending the
country's borders. He said Israel will not cooperate with any independent investigation
into the violence, and accused Hamas of "cynically exploiting women and children"
protesters as a cover while it carries out acts of violence. "I do not understand the
chorus of hypocrites who want a commission of inquiry," Lieberman wrote on Twitter
Saturday. "They got confused and thought Hamas organized a Woodstock festival yesterday,
and that we should give them flowers."
The United States blocked a U.N. Security Council statement expressing "grave concern at
the situation on the border" and urging a U.N. probe into the violence.
According to the AFP, the draft council statement presented by Kuwait called for an
"independent and transparent investigation of the violence," and "called upon all sides to
exercise restraint and prevent a further escalation." The draft also referred to the
Palestinian "right to peaceful protest" and expressed "sorrow at the loss of innocent
On Saturday night, the IDF posted the names and photos of 10 of the protesters killed,
identifying them as members of known terrorist organizations. IDF spokeswoman Keren
Hajiott, released a video statement on Facebook summarizing the riot and Israel's
response, stating that "the IDF has an obligation to protect the citizens of Israel, which
is exactly what we did."
Many of the Palestinians who were wounded said they were not part of the more militant
marchers. Some said they were shot for merely standing close to the fence. Other witnesses
said some victims were hit by bullets while running away from the violence, not toward it.
"It's important to show that we suffer under the occupation, we suffer from the policies
of the Israeli government, and we will not stay silent," Palestinian church leader Jamal
Khader said in the West Bank Sunday. Other Palestinians were more militant, calling for
After Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
Sunday over harsh criticism of Israel's handling of violent rioting in Gaza, Erdogan shot
back with a number of insults aimed at the head of the Jewish state.
Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu spoke at a press conference in Paris alongside French
President Emmanuel Macron, referring directly to Erdogan, "I am not used to receiving
lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villages in his native Turkey, who
jails journalists, who helps Iran go around international sanctions, and who helps
terrorists, including in Gaza, who kill innocent people. That is not the man who is going
to lecture us."
Netanyahu warned Erdogan that with a record such as this, he "should not preach to us
about values and morality." Erdogan responded by calling Israel a "terrorist state and
occupier" and Netanyahu a "terrorist."
Israelis are preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of
Israel. Palestinians have set up tent camps along the entire length of the Gaza Strip.
They called May the anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe," when hundreds of thousands
of Palestinians, unwilling to live under Israeli law, fled their homes in the war that led
to the creation and U.N. recognition of the Jewish state. Israel has deployed more than
100 snipers along the Gaza Strip as it plans a nationwide celebration for its 70th
Google Israel Introduces Hummus Taste Stick Cloud Technology- for April Fools'
Google Israel in a video for April 1 announced an application programming interface
that detects what kind of hummus its customers enjoy. "We're extremely excited to share
with you our latest Google Cloud groundbreaking technology: After enabling our customers
to address senses through Speech & Vision API, we are now releasing a subset of Taste
APIs started with a dish we all love Hummus!" reads the introduction to the video
The video, a joke for April Fools' Day, purports to show how Google researchers came up
with the "taste stick" to determine the variety of hummus that an Israeli would most enjoy
based on an analysis of their taste buds, and then pinpoint a local hummus restaurant, one
of 20,000 in the country, that serves the appropriate variety of hummus.
One woman who speaks in the video said she did not feel Israeli enough because she had not
been able to find a hummus she liked prior to using the Hummus API technology. Another
praises the API for helping her find a spicy hummus.
Soon there will be an API for pizza in Rome and tacos in Cancun, Mexico! Other Google
videos for April 1 include a Where's Waldo for Google Maps, the "Bad Joke Detector" that
clears space on your phone by deleting all the bad jokes sent to you by family and
friends, and a redesign of Google in Australia called Googz.
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