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Israel Press Review of 14/12/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 14/12/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Interior Minister Deri: Jews must raise voice in light of Aleppo massacres

Jews must not remain silent in the face of the massacre taking place in Syria, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said on Tuesday.

Amid reports of the slaughter of civilians in Aleppo by the Syrian army, Deri said he turned to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to issue a call for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to bring about an end to the slaughter in Aleppo, the Jerusalem Post reports.

“Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust and the world was silent,” Deri said in an interview with Radio Kol Hai. “As Jews, it is forbidden for us to be silent in the faces of the horrors that are taking place in Syria now for nearly six years.”

According to Deri, “the acts of slaughter in Aleppo – the killing of babies, children, women and the aged – obligates us as Jews, a nation that knew the Holocaust and horrible massacres, to raise a shout and cry.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists over Christmas period

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and representatives from his ministry hosted on Tuesday the traditional pre-Christmas reception for leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israel at the Shimshon Centre, Beit Shmuel, in Jerusalem, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The minister sent season’s greetings to the Christian communities and invited the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Also participating in the reception were Tourism Ministry Director General Amir Halevi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III, Armenian Orthodox Patriarch Nourhan Manoogian, Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton, Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Lazzarotto, representative of the Latin Patriarchate Bishop William Shumali, Executive Director of the Christian Embassy Dr. Jurgen Buhler and representatives from many other Christian communities in Israel.

According to Tourism Ministry statistics, over half of all incoming tourists to Israel were Christian. It estimates that approximately 120,000 tourists will visit Israel in December, of whom half are Christian.

From 3pm on Christmas Eve until 3am on Christmas Day, the ministry will offer free shuttle transportation for pilgrims travelling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Buses will leave every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from Jerusalem. The bus will also stop near the entrance to the Mar Elias Monastery, and at the Rosmarin junction, before continuing via Rachel's Crossing to Bethlehem before returning to the capital.

Tourists and pilgrims at Rachel’s Crossing will be greeted with a small gift in the spirit of the holiday. During the traditional Christmas parade in Nazareth, a firework display will take place.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Police question art student behind picture of Netanyahu with noose

Israel Police questioned an art student on Tuesday after she put up 12 posters printed with the face of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a noose hanging in front of him at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Ha’aretz reports.

Earlier on Tuesday, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit approved the launching of an investigation on suspicion of incitement.

Teachers and students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem were confronted on Monday with the 12 posters printed with Netanyahu's face with a noose superimposed in front of it. The works were put up in a stairway in the art department of Bezalel building on Mount Scopus, and were taken down after a few hours, though it is not clear who removed them. Putting up student art work in the hallways is routine at art schools such as Bezalel.

The wall where the posters were stuck up became a focus for more artwork on Tuesday. Someone put up a sign that said: "In every Israeli hides a little 'Shin Betnik’. The sign was done amateurishly and the writing was on a background of yellow smileys. 

Another handwritten sign said: "I want to be on Channel 2 too," and underneath were two drawings of a noose and Netanyahu; along with a picture of a young woman, seemingly an Arab, saying: "Incitement!"

The posters are a take-off on the famous poster of U.S. President Barack Obama, though the word "Hope" in the Obama poster has been replaced by the word "Rope" for Netanyahu. The posters of Netanyahu were taped up surrounding an old poster of incitement against former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in which Rabin was labelled a "traitor," and alongside them was stuck another sheet of paper reading: "This is called incitement..."

The student's lawyer told Haaretz that she is 18 of age and on her first year at Bezalel. "She was asked, as an exercise in Photoshop, to superimpose two images." The poster, he said, has nothing to do with the incitement suspicion because the noose was not around Netanyahu's neck. By changing the word "hope" in the original Obama poster to "rope," the artist tried to say that Netanyahu was choking out hope, he explained.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev rushed to respond on Monday and posted the image on her Facebook page. "Artistic freedom is not freedom for incitement!" said Regev in a press release, adding that the time has come place a boundary on art for incitement and to stop funding for Bezalel. "If it had been a picture of [opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog] arrests would have already been made. I call on Education Minister Naftali Bennett and say: The time has come that you too set the boundary between art to incitement and stop the funds to Bezalel." 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Israel’s national emergency service presents new life-saving app

Israel’s national emergency service Magen David Adom showcased its technological innovations at the organisation’s annual New York fund-raising gala on Monday night, including a smartphone app aimed at increasing the overall efficiency of the group’s emergency response, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Among its features, the “My MADA” app allows users to summon and track the emergency service with one touch, provides precise geolocation to emergency medical technicians, enables users to contact MDA via text messages instead of calling and offers the option to send live footage of the scene of an emergency to MDA dispatchers.

In addition, “My MADA” allows users to upload their or their family members’ medical information, including pre-existing medical conditions and the medicines each one takes. The medical information is kept confidential from MDA until the user summons it through the app.

“There are a lot of details that we need when we receive the emergency call. The application helps us help you as a citizen, so you can get a faster response with the right resources,” MDA’s chief information officer, Ido Rosenblat, told The Jerusalem Post in New York. “All emergency services want to be as fast as possible.” “Today, everybody can see everything: you can send me a picture through Whatsapp, or do a video call,” Rosenblat said. “But unfortunately in our world, in the emergency dispatch centers all over the world, the call takers, the operators, they are blind. They work only with their hearing sense and the ability to talk and to ask the right questions.”

“Magen David Adom is the first emergency organisation in the world that has the ability to see the patient, to see the scene and not to be blind anymore,” he added. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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