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Israel Press Review of 01/11/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 01/11/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Three soldiers wounded in shooting attack in West Bank

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded, one moderately and two lightly, in a shooting attack at a checkpoint close to the West Bank settlement of Beit El on Monday, Ha’aretz reports.

The Palestinian assailant, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, was shot and killed at the scene. Israel's Shin Bet security service identified the assailant as Mohammad Turkamen, a 25-year-old from Kabatia, who worked as a security guard for a government office. Palestinian media reported that he was a Palestinian police officer.

 Palestinian intelligence sources said they were investigating whether Turkamen may have carried out the attack as revenge after security agents searched his house on Monday, suspecting he may be concealing weapons and ammunition that he did not need for his police work.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Labour Party to salvage Rabin Tel Aviv memorial event

The annual memorial ceremony to mark the assassination of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin has been cancelled due to lack of funding but an alternative event will be held by the Labour Party, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Organisers initially announced that the event would not be held for the first time since Rabin was murdered 21 years ago after being unable to raise sufficient funds. Though the artists and other celebrities who participate in the memorial appear for free, funds are needed to cover expenses such as security.

Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995 following a pro-peace rally at a plaza in central Tel Aviv now known as Rabin Square. His assassin, Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, opposed Rabin’s goal of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

A memorial ceremony has been held each year in Rabin Square on the Saturday night closest to the date of the assassination, bringing together tens of thousands of Israelis to remember Rabin’s legacy and call for peace with the Palestinians. In recent years, the memorial ceremony was sponsored by the coalition Remembering the Murder – Fighting for Democracy, led by youth groups and social organisations. 

Instead of the ceremony, this year round-table events will be held to discuss Israel as a democracy and other issues important to Israelis in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa on November 13, the official memorial day for Rabin in Israel.

Some 100,000 people attended the ceremony last year marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination. The event featured speeches by former US president Bill Clinton, who appeared in person, and President Barak Obama, who spoke via video.

Following the announcement of the cancellation of the memorial, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog announced that the Labour Party, which Rabin had headed, would hold its own memorial for the slain prime minister.

“We, the Labour party, will organize an alternative rally,” read the statement. “It should also be noted that the rally was always the responsibility of private and external bodies, but that since this involves the murder of our leader, former Labour leader Yitzhak Rabin, we insist on conducting an alternative rally, taking into account the time constraints and conditions.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Airline group seeks Israeli technology to improve travel

Sometimes taking a flight can be a torment and arriving at a gate a real odyssey. Many flight companies are investing significant amounts of money to improve their services, but the new ideas are never enough. For this reason, International Airlines Group, one of the world’s largest airline groups, has created Hangar 51 — a global startup accelerator programme to scout for new ideas in Israel among other places, the Times of Israel reports.

IAG — the parent company of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling — is eager to attract Israeli startups to its programme. “The wealth of start-ups and innovation in the market makes Israel a key target for Hangar 51,” IAG said in an emailed statement. “IAG is keen to discover and work with disruptive Israeli start-ups” that can help “transform the aviation industry.”

The programme will focus on four areas: to develop solutions to make customers’ journeys through the airport easier; to create new digital tools and processes to speed up and simplify the business; to enable the use of data to see how to increase customer satisfaction; and any other idea startups may have that can improve the customer experience.

“We’re launching this programme to attract the best global start-ups to the aviation industry. We want them to tell us what we don’t know,” Glenn Morgan, IAG’s head of digital transformation, said in the statement. “This initiative is a great opportunity for early stage businesses to fast-track their innovative ideas by working closely with IAG. We’ll fully support them through mentoring and funding to improve customer journeys with new disruptive and innovative ideas.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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