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Israeli Press Review of 05.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 05.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel suspends cement deliveries to Gaza’s private sector

Israel this week temporarily suspended the delivery of cement to Gaza’s private sector after it discovered that Hamas was siphoning the material, which is intended to rebuild destroyed houses, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) monitors the flow of cement into Gaza to ensure that 
Hamas has not used it to construct tunnels to attack Israel. On Friday, COGAT posted on its Arabic Facebook page that it suspended the transfer of cement to Gaza because some deliveries had been diverted by Imad Elbaz, the deputy director-general for Hamas’s economics office.

“This is a blatant violation of agreements for the rehabilitation mechanism,” COGAT said in its Facebook post.

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, issued an unusually sharp response on Monday, accusing Hamas of theft.

“Those who seek to gain through the deviation of materials are stealing from their own people and adding to the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza,” Mladenov said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Army razes homes of three terrorists who killed Border Police officer

Israeli security forces demolished the homes overnight on Monday of the three terrorists who carried out a combined attacked at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, in which Border Policewoman Hadar Cohen was killed on February 3, Ha’aretz reports.

The demolition of the homes of Ahmed Nasser, Mohammed Kamil and Ahmed Abu Al-rub – reported by the Israel Defence Forces spokesman – was carried out by IDF forces, Border Police and the Civil Administration in Qabatiyah near Jenin, in the West Bank.

The three men had arrived at the Old City's Damascus Gate armed with rifles, knifes and explosive devices in order to carry out a terror attack in a crowded place. A Border Police force, which included an officer and two female fighters who had not yet completed their basic training, noticed two of the men and asked them to identify themselves. One terrorist handed over his ID card, while the second pulled out his weapon, fired at the women and killed 19-year-old Hadar Cohen from Or Yehuda.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Terror suspect will not be released for son’s circumcision

Administrative detainee and far-right terrorist suspect Meir Ettinger will not be allowed to leave detention to attend the ritual circumcision of his first son, the Be'er Sheva District Court ruled.

Ettinger's wife Moriya said she was not willing to hold the circumcision ceremony at the jail, adding they were planning on appealing the decision at the High Court of Justice, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The Ettinger family was looking into the possibility of holding the circumcision ceremony close to the Eshel Prison where Meir is imprisoned or in Be'er Sheva, in an effort to make the Israel Prison Service's security arrangement easier. 

Another option being considered is holding the event at Kfar Chabad or in Jerusalem, where more family and friends could be invited.

Judge Israel Pablo Akselrad noted in his ruling that there is a risk to releasing Ettinger, the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, for the ritual circumcision, and in the meeting with his family and friends.

Ettinger is on administrative detention following an investigation by the Shin Bet's Jewish Division, which claims that he was the main force behind the hilltop youth's "price tag" activities against Palestinians in the West Bank. 

He allegedly heads a cell that planned to carry out a series of violent acts against Palestinians as part of what he called "the rebellion". According to his view, unrest must be fostered among the Palestinians in order to bring about the overthrow of the regime in Israel, thus creating anarchy.  

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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