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Israel Press Review of 13/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 13/10/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Palestinian shot dead at riots in east Jerusalem on Yom Kippur

A 20-year-old Arab man who threw firebombs at border police during a riot in south-east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood was shot dead shortly after Yom Kippur commenced on Tuesday night, as police responded to two other riots in Arab areas of the capital.

According to police, rioting broke out in Isawiya, Jebl Mukaber and Silwan less than an hour after Judaism’s holiest day began, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Arabs living in these neighbourhoods threw petrol bombs and rocks at officers who responded to a dangerous and life-threatening situation,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld on Wednesday night.

“One resident in Silwan, who threw a petrol bomb at officers at close range, was injured critically and died. Police attempted to treat him for his injury, but local residents removed his body from the scene and he died a short time later.”

The dead man was identified in Arab media as Silwan resident Ali Atef Ebrahim Shoyoukhi, 20, who was released from prison earlier this year after serving a 15-month sentence.

Police dispersed the remaining rioters using non-lethal force, Rosenfeld said, adding that no other serious injuries were reported.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Hundreds of Israelis gather to pray for people of war-torn Syria

Some 1,500 Israelis gathered in cities across the country on Monday to pray for the people of war-torn Syria, hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Times of Israel reports.

Under the banner “The world is silent, we are not,” and with the involvement of rabbis and communal leaders, people gathered in Beersheva, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, the Golan Heights and other places in prayer, music and silent meditation.

The events were organised and coordinated via Facebook by the son of the late peace activist Rabbi Menachem Froman, Shivi Froman.

“Hundreds of people, men, women and children, are slaughtered daily and the world is silent,” he told Walla News. He said that the pre-Yom Kippur gathering was “to cry out, to pray, to hope, to sing, to identify and to awaken the mercy of the world in general and about the suffering that is taking place here next to us.”

“I have been preoccupied with the issue over the past few months, and it has greatly pained me,” Froman said. “We continue with our lives. This gives me déjà-vu of the world’s silence about the Holocaust.”

More than 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, according to the latest United Nations figures, and millions have been displaced since it first erupted in the form of popular protests in March 2011.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Tel Aviv to assist in development of new Kenyan tech hub

Tel Aviv Global, a corporate entity of the city’s municipality, and the Republic of Kenya have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of a new “smart city” in south-eastern Kenya, as part of the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival of 2016, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), also dubbed “Silicon Savannah” city or “Techno City,” is a $14.5 billion project that will feature a science and business park, convention centre, shopping malls, hotels and international schools, among other facilities. Kenyan innovators and entrepreneurs will participate in the Tel Aviv Global local start-up acceleration and skills training programme.

The agreement was signed in Tel Aviv by Chief Executive Officer of KoTDA Engineer John Tanui and Eytan Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of Tel Aviv Global.  

“The knowledge economy is the way of the future,” said KoTDA engineer John Tanui. “It flourishes where international networks are there to nourish it with new ideas.

“Since Israel is one of the undisputed leaders in the global innovation space, we are confident that this partnership will provide our community of innovators with a collaborative platform that will position them in the global scene,” he added.  

According to the MoU, KoTDA will choose Kenyan start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in three Tel Aviv Global initiatives aimed at creating urban and technological models for the new city. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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