27 Adar 5778
14 March 2018
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli motorists with “rocks” and Molotovs at such places as Carmela, Tekoa, the Yitzhar Junction, Bashan, Karnei Shomron, Gilad, Burin, Halhul, Deir Istiya, and Ni’lin.
Palestinian terrorists attacked IDF forces at Azzun, Hawara, Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, Hevron, Kabiya, and elsewhere.
Palestinian terrorists used Molotovs to try to burn down the perimeter security fence at Kiryat Netafim.
All told there were nearly 30 terror attacks reported yesterday to Rescue 443, Rescue Judea and Samaria, rotter, and hakolhayehudi.
Speaking of terrorists . . .
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, otherwise known as UNRWA, is desperately lurching about for money to be able to continue perpetuating Palestinian victimhood and terrorism.
Tomorrow, an international conference in Rome will attempt to raise money to offset the amount of money cut from the UNRWA budget by the Trump Administration.
UNRWA claims that it now has a $300 million dollar shortfall and will have to close its so-called “schools” and other institutions in May unless more handouts are forthcoming.
Almost certainly UNRWA will get the money from the European Union which already sponsors numerous organizations and programs which have as their sole purpose the delegitimization of Israel and support of Palestinian terrorism.
For a real change of pace today . . .
Click on this youtube link, dear reader, to hear Neta Barzilai singing Israel’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Contest.
In three days, the song has had nearly 2 million hits, and Barzilai’s song is given a good chance of winning the contest. If you click on the above link, listen all the way to the end to get some sense of the range of Barzilai’s voice.
It is hard to overstate how seriously Israelis regard the Eurovision contest.
What are the best Israeli cities to live in? . . .
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, here is the list of the top 14 (with Rehovot being the best):
Of course the above list is highly subjective, but the CBS used this extensive list of criteria to make it as objective as possible: employment rate, job satisfaction, vehicular accident mortality and serious injuries, pedestrian mortality and serious injuries, infant mortality, life expectancy, trust in the health system, self assessment of health, residential density, area of residence satisfaction, apartment satisfaction, number of 30 year olds with high school or academic diplomas, voting rate in 2015 elections, satisfaction with life, and expectations regarding the future and the feeling of being able to handle problems.
An exciting opportunity . . .
Your humble servant will be adding his name to the signature page of the Israel Declaration of Independence during the next month!
Actually, every Israeli can do so. The government has established a website to which each Israeli can go and add his or her digital signature to the Declaration. The website will open about 10 days before Independence Day.
The Government Admits The Duma Defendants Were Tortured
As regular readers of israelstreet know, an Arab home in Duma belonging to the Dawabsheh family was firebombed back on July 31, 2015. Eventually 3 out of 4 members of the family died from their injuries.
Despite extensive evidence that the arson was the result of clan warfare in Duma (numerous other houses belonging to the other members of the extended Dawabsheh family had been firebombed previously, and have been firebombed since), Israeli security forces embarked on a campaign against Jewish “hilltop youth.”
More than 20 were rounded up without warrants, subjected to torture by the Shin Bet, and detained for months without charges or trial.
Eventually, two young men “confessed.”
This week, the trial of those two men has begun in Lud. However, the defense is seeking to throw out the confessions on the basis that they were the result of torture.
In an amazing development yesterday, the Chief Prosecutor admitted that the torture–“special means”– took place, but asked the court to admit the confessions anyway.
The Prosecutor went on to claim that the torture was legal because of the extraordinary circumstances involved. Incredibly, he claimed that despite the torture, the confessions were given of “free will” and are legally admissible.
Can you believe this?
Your humble servant cannot. Israel is not a banana republic. To allow the admission of these confessions which were admittedly extracted by torture is morally indefensible and cannot be allowed to stand.