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Israeli Press Review of 28/07/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 28/07/2016

Major Headlines
  • Israel opens border to Syria for entry of humanitarian aid

For the first time since the Syrian civil war began, Israel’s government authorised the delivery of humanitarian aid into Syrian territory near its border, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Israel finally agreed to allow in three types of aid: medical, educational and food,” said Moti Kahana, a businessman and founder of the NGO Amaliah, who sold his company in 2010 and since then has been using his own money to aid the Syrian rebels.

The aid is being brought to the Israeli border with Syria, but no Amaliah employees are going into Syria, he explained.

The aid is being transferred into what Kahana calls a “safe zone” adjacent to the border and comprised of the town of Quneitra and its surrounding area.

Kahana has been pushing the government to allow such aid and the deliveries are being coordinated with Amaliah.

One of the first goals is to provide urgently needed medical supplies in order to construct a field hospital, so that Syrians can be treated there without having to leave the country.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Terrorist who killed rabbi killed in firefight with IDF

Israel’s security forces overnight killed the Hamas terrorist who murdered Rabbi Miki Mark in a July 1 shooting attack in the West Bank, the Times of israel reports.

Three other members of the terror cell that planned and executed the attack were arrested, the army said on Wednesday.

The terrorist identified as 29-year-old Muhammad al-Fakih was killed when clashes broke out between Israeli troops and the armed cell in the West Bank village of Surif, north of Hebron.

The soldiers were conducting a joint IDF, Shin Bet and Israel Police operation to arrest the four-member cell.

Fakih opened fire at the Israeli troops from inside the house in which he was hiding, and the IDF responded by firing several anti-tank missiles, the IDF said. The IDF then used a bulldozer to knock down most of the building, and when the troops finally entered the destroyed home they found Fakih dead inside.

No Israeli troops were hurt in the operation.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israel to display mummy with modern day afflictions

Israel's national museum is set to display a 2,200-year-old Egyptian mummy of a man who was afflicted with some modern-day illnesses such as osteoporosis and tooth decay, the museum said on Tuesday.

The illnesses, discovered using a CT scan, indicate that during his lifetime, the man was largely sedentary, avoided manual labour in the sun and probably ate a carbohydrate-heavy diet.

The mummy is the only such relic in Israel, named the "Protective Eye of Horus," after a pharaonic deity. It was kept for decades at a Jesuit institute in Jerusalem before it was loaned to the Israel Museum. It was displayed in a museum setting for the first time starting on Wednesday.

"Osteoporosis is a disease that is characteristic of the 20th century, when people don't work so hard. We are glued to screens," said Galit Bennett, who curated the mummy exhibit. "We were very surprised that there were people who didn't do physical work and that it affected their bodies like this man here."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


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