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October 24, 2014
Israel Blames Abbas, Hamas for
By IsraelNationalNews.com. AFP & Reuters
Israeli officials said that terrorist organization Hamas was responsible for a
"The baby was an American citizen," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told
reporters in a briefing on Thursday. She gave no other details on the infant or
the family, citing privacy concerns. US officials in
A Palestinian resident of east
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson, Mark Regev, blamed Hamas and
Abbas for the incident. "Today's terror attack in
The prime minister convened an emergency security consultation, where he said
that "this is how Abbas' partners in government operate -- the same Abbas who
only days ago incited to violence against Jews in
The Palestinians were quick to praise the terrorist and the outcome of the attack. Top Hamas official Mushir al-Masri lauded the attack as an "act of heroism and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy sites."
Speaking on al-Quds radio, an Islamic Jihad spokesman said that "it is the right
of the Palestinian people to defend themselves and their holy places in light of
The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, rejected
On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that "The
United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack
The grandfather of the baby, who was visiting
President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attack, saying, "The terrible murder of a
tender infant, who fell victim to indiscriminate terrorism, would horrify anyone
with a heart. The growing incitement on the Arab street and across
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett also responded to the attack. "The devil has not yet invented appropriate revenge for the murder of a three-month-old baby," he said. "The Israel Police and the Public Security Ministry must treat every incident of stone-throwing as a terrorist act."
Shaludi, 21, from Silwan in east
The incident triggered clashes between police and stone-throwing Palestinians
But chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat accused Netanyahu of turning a
blind eye to
Relatives said Shaludi had been recently released from prison where he served 14
months for disturbing the peace, a euphemism for participating in unrest.
Palestinian community officials say the wave of unrest is fuelled by a sense of
hopelessness resulting from
Much of Palestinian anger over Jewish settlements in east
Silwan hit the headlines in the past month when settlers acquired another 35
apartments there, triggering outrage from the Palestinians and
The groups are looking to establish a contiguous Jewish presence in the area,
thereby preventing any future division of the
"The Israeli establishment did its part in fanning the flames of the growing
anarchy -- Jews going to live in Silwan (and) forbidding Muslims from entering
"The government must stop permitting private (Jewish settlement) organizations
from invading neighborhoods in east
The deal stipulates that citizens ages 18-30 with no children will be able to
request a one-year work visa. 500 such visas will be allotted for Israelis
seeking to work in
"The agreement is another important means of strengthening the good bilateral
The Israeli and Australian governments are set to work on implementing the legal and administrative measures required to put the agreement into effect; the process is expected to take a few weeks.
Japan is Coming to
That alliance is advancing rapidly under the guidance of the Japan External
Trade Organization (JETRO), a government-related group whose representatives at
the Japanese Culture Week in
Kei Takagi, manager of JETRO’s branch in Tel Aviv, explained how his
organization aids Japanese export to
The food industry is a natural and easy first step in trade as the two countries
grow closer. Kosher certification to ensure food products meet Jewish dietary
laws are “a relatively new thing in
“On the one hand there aren’t many Jews in Japan; on the other hand the demand for kosher certification is not only in Israel, it’s also in the United States, in the West and Europe,” adds the JETRO manager, explaining how his organization has recently led a campaign to explain to Japanese companies the benefits of “going kosher.” Their efforts have been rewarded, with a major Japanese sake label recently taking the plunge into the kosher – and the Israeli – market.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If that idiom is true,
Born sake brewery and the Japanese and Israeli companies it has partnered with
seem to have the recipe to sealing an alliance between
The sake brewery was founded in 1860, eight years before the Meiji period began,
and its Born brand has won a staggering number of gold medals at sake and wine
competitions both in
French Entrepreneurs Launch Test to Detect Pork in Food
Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Jews who abide by kosher laws or Muslims who abide by dietary laws. The test, similar in size to a pregnancy test, aims to help consumers detect traces of pork not just in food, but also in cosmetics or medicines.
The kit comes with a small test tube in which a food sample is mixed with warm water. A test strip is then inserted into the water which delivers its verdict after a few minutes: one line means no trace of pork; two lines means pork is present.
Frenchmen Jean-Francois Julien and Algerian-born Abderrahmane Chaoui came up with the idea at university two years ago in the midst of a Europe-wide scandal over mislabeled frozen meals containing horsemeat instead of beef. Julien was already developing tests for people suffering from food intolerance or more serious allergies.
"Abderrahmane tells me 'you know, food allergies and food intolerance are very interesting of course but you should really diversify yourself in animal proteins'," Julien said. "That's when we got the idea to develop a specific anti-body for porcine DNA."
Their company, Capital Biotech, argues no other existing test allows the end
user to analyze the content of a food product as easily and cheaply as theirs.
The tests cost €6.90 per unit and are 99% accurate. Called "HalalTest," it will
be mainly marketed to the large Muslim population in
Despite its name, Capital Biotech says no test can tell whether a meat dish is fully kosher or fully halal. As well as shunning pork, both Judaism and Islam dictate that animals be slaughtered according to a strict method. Even so, Capital Biotech said it had received pre-orders for 10,000 testing kits within 24 hours of the launch on Wednesday.
Julien and Abderrahmane, who have also launched an alcohol test, have developed several other tests which could, they believe, interest millions of food intolerance sufferers. The first will detect cow's milk proteins, while another will detect traces of gluten in food for people who have an intolerance to gluten or those who have developed celiac disease, said Capital Biotech co-founder Thomas Nenninger.
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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 29th 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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