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Abbas, Israel Pull The Power Plug On War-Torn Gaza Strip

The nearly two million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, under the dual thumbs of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, have faced waves of military destruction, along with enforced shortages of basic goods and services. Israel, at the Authoritys request, has cut off most of Gazas electricity as well.

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Israel: 50 Years of Occupation Abuses | Human Rights Watch

Palestinian Bedouin school children walk towards their tents on September 15, 2010 at their Bedouin camp outside the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumin. Israel does not recognize the Bedouins property claims and has demolished homes and schools in the area.

At least five categories of major violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law characterize the occupation: unlawful killings; forced displacement; abusive detention; the closure of the Gaza Strip and other unjustified restrictions on movement; and the development of settlements, along with the accompanying discriminatory policies that disadvantage Palestinians.

Many of Israels abusive practices were carried out in the name of security. Palestinian armed groups have carried out scores of lethal attacks on civilians and launched thousands of rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas, also in violation of international humanitarian law.

As the occupation enters its second half-century, the focus should be on increasing the protection of the rights of the population of the occupied territory, Human Rights Watch said.

In the West Bank, Israeli security forces have routinely used excessive force in policing situations, killing or grievously wounding thousands of demonstrators, rock-throwers, suspected assailants, and others with live ammunition when lesser means could have averted a threat or maintained order.

Armed Palestinian groups also committed war crimes during these conflicts and at other times, including rocket attacks targeting Israeli population centers. Between the start of the first Intifada in December 1987 and the end of February 2017, attacks by Palestinians killed at least 1,079 Israeli civilians, according to the Israeli human rights organization BTselem.

Israeli official investigations into alleged security force abuses during the Gaza conflicts and in policing situations failed to hold the abusers accountable, with rare exceptions. Palestinian authorities have also failed to investigate violations and hold those responsible to account.

Illegal Settlements Israeli authorities have since 1967 facilitated the transfer of its civilians to the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. In 1967, Israel established two settlements in the West Bank: Kfar Etzion and East Talpiot; by 2017, Israel had established 237 settlements there, housing approximately 580,000 settlers. Israel applies Israeli civil law to settlers, affording them legal protections, rights, and benefits that are not extended to Palestinians living in the same territory who are subjected to Israeli military law. Israel provides settlers with infrastructure, services, and subsidies that it denies to Palestinians, creating and sustaining a separate and unequal system of law, rules, and services.

The law of occupation, designed to regulate the exceptional and temporary situation in which a foreign military power displaces the lawful sovereign and rules by force, grants an occupier broad but limited powers to restrict individuals and their rights to meet security needs.

However, in a prolonged occupation in which occupiers have the opportunity to develop more narrowly tailored responses to security threats, exemptions to rights protections should be reduced and the balance shifted toward respecting, protecting, and fulfilling all fundamental rights of the population. In addition, the occupiers obligation to restore normal civilian life for the local population increases with the passage of time, as do its obligations to progressively realize the social, economic, and cultural rights of residents of the occupied territory.

After decades of failure to rein in abuses associated with the occupation, the international community should take more active measures to hold Israeli and Palestinian authorities to their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. Other countries and businesses should cease activities carried out inside settlements and change policies that support settlement-related activities and infrastructure, in keeping with their respective human rights responsibilities.

Fifty years of occupation and decades of a fruitless peace process should put firmly to rest the notion that downplaying human rights will ease the path to a negotiated solution to the conflict, Whitson said. Concerted action for rights and accountability is urgently needed, including through the International Criminal Court.

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Israel jails 19-year old woman for refusing military service – Telegraph.co.uk

A 19-year old woman has been jailed by the Israeli authorities for refusing to be conscripted into the Israel Defence Force.

Noa Gur Golan is currently being held in a military prison near Haifa, having been detained for more than 30 days.

She is being held in a room with nine other women and is only allowed to see her family once every two weeks.

Israel expects all Jewish, Druze and Circassian Israeli over the age of 18 to do their military service, with women being conscripted for two years and men two years and eight months.

Ms Golan’s brothers, aged 29 and 24, have completed their service with the Israeli Defence Force.

She had sought to avoid military service on the grounds of her being a pacifist, but her plea has been rejected in the two hearings she has had so far, the Independent reported.

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Trump to Send Kushner to Middle East for Israel-Palestine Talks – Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is dispatching a team led by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to Israel in pursuit of a Middle East peace deal.

Trumps sending the delegation to try to take advantage of a period of relative calm following violent clashes last month over Israeli security arrangements at the Jerusalem shrine known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, said a senior administration official who requested anonymity to discuss the negotiations.

Kushner will be joined by Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell on the trip, which will include meetings with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The U.S. president wants to set an ambitious agenda for the talks, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, efforts to combat extremism, and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the official said.

Trump has said he is hopeful his son-in-law can help restart a peace process that has made little headway over the past 25 years. He made addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict an early priority, hosting leaders from both sides at the White House during the opening months of his presidency and visiting Israel during his first international trip as president.

During the visit of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in May, Trump said a peace agreement is frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.” He told reporters that negotiators would get a deal done, even while acknowledging that he had heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Lets see if we can prove them wrong, OK? Trump continued.

But his early forays into diplomacy have also run into some hiccups. He suggested during a state visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February that the U.S. wouldnt necessarily press for a two-state solution, a seeming reversal of long-standing U.S. policy that reflects a key Palestinian demand.

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Kushner is a longtime friend of the Israeli prime minister, who is facing a slew of domestic legal troubles. Netanyahus former chief of staff, Ari Harow, has signed a deal to cooperate with prosecutors there, and police have confirmed theyre investigating the prime minister as a suspect in a bribery, fraud, and breach of trust case. Netanyahu has blasted the media and critics over the controversy and accused opponents of attempting a governmental coup.

The last round of U.S.-led talks, a pet project of former Secretary of State John Kerry, broke down three years ago amid mutual recriminations.

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Rare 2,000-year-old stone workshop and quarry discovered in …

Archaeologists excavating a site in Reina, in the Lower Galilee region of Israel, have uncovered what they believe was a production site for the manufacture of stone mugs and bowls that were used by Jews in the area who adhered to very strict purity laws 2,000 years ago.

The excavators unearthed a cave in which they found thousands of chalkstone cores and other types of production waste, including fragments of stone mugs and bowls in various stages of production, the Israel Antiquities Authority reported.

The stone vessels provide a tantalizing link to the New Testament story of the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle transforming water held in six stone containers into wine.

LOST ROMAN CITY THAT WAS HOME TO JESUS’ APOSTLES FOUND, SAY ARCHAEOLOGISTS

Most tableware, cooking pots and storage jars at the time were made of pottery, but Jews throughout Judea and Galilee also used tableware and storage vessels made of soft, local chalkstone, said the excavations director, Dr. Yonatan Adler, a senior lecturer at Ariel University. Reina is located 26 miles east of the city of Haifa.

According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken, Adler said. Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure, and as a result ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone.

The excavators found thousands of stone cores, the industrial waste from stone mugs and bowls produced on a lathe, along with hundreds of unfinished vessels they believe were damaged during production and discarded. The large number of cores and vessel fragments suggests that the location was a production site.

EXPERTS HUNT FOR BIBLICAL TABERNACLE THAT HOUSED THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

Although chalkstone vessels are well-known at many Jewish sites throughout the country, Adler said, it is extremely unusual to uncover a site where such vessels were actually produced.

The production waste indicates that this workshop produced mainly handled mugs and bowls of various sizes. The finished products were marketed throughout the region here in Galilee, and our finds provide striking evidence that Jews here were scrupulous regarding the purity laws.

The current excavations will hopefully help us answer the question of how long these laws continued to be observed among the Jews of Galilee during the course of the Roman period

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Yardenna Alexandre, who specializes in the study of Roman Era Galilee, said fragments of stone vessels have been found in other excavations, but Now, for the first time, we have an unprecedented opportunity to investigate a site where these vessels were actually produced in Galilee.

The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well.

It is possible that large stone containers of the type mentioned in the Wedding at Cana of Galilee story may have been produced locally in Galilee, she said.

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Why Israel Is Spending $800 Million on a Hidden New Wall – Newsweek

President Donald Trump has said repeatedly he is an admirer of Israels controversial wall building program, and the Middle Eastern country is giving him another structure to envyIsrael’s army has announced construction details ofa new underground wall to run along the country’s border with Gaza.

The $800 million barrier willstretch across the countrys 40-mile frontier with the territory, measuring19 feet high, but alsodelving131 feet underground, principally to counter the threat of attack tunnels dug by Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has controlled Gaza since 2007.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)revealed details of the wall, first announced in 2014, on Wednesday. Work is scheduled to begin on the wall in October and it is expected to take two years to complete. According to The Times, Israel has built factories to produce concrete along its border, and construction workers, who will be part of the round-the-clockeffort, will reportedly include east African asylum seekers and others from Spain and Moldova.

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The wall will be constructed mainly from concrete, reinforced with iron bars and pipes and covered in sensors. It will also extend into the Mediterranean in an attempt to stop Hamasfighters from swimming ashore.

GeneralEyal Zamir, the Israeli head of the Southern Command said the army was concerned about Hamas trying to stop construction, and another military official told The Times of Israelthat they planned to defend the barrier and that it would be “built at any price.”

I think the other side will have to re-evaluate the situation in view of the barrier, Zamir, the Israeli head of the Southern Command said.

TheNew York Times reported Israeli military officials being tight-lipped about further plans for the wall.

Heavy machinery can be seen at work along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, as seen from Kfar Aza, southern Israel on February 28. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

Israel has long had ambitions to close off tunnels Hamas uses to attack it. During the summer-long war of 2014 Hamas used attack tunnels to ambush Israeli military posts and to transport weapons and ammunition across the border. After the 50 days of fighting Israel had put dozens of Hamas tunnels out of action, including a number that led into Israeli territory and threatened civilians.

On Thursday, Israeli military officials distributed aerial photographs and GPS coordinates of two residential buildings in Gaza that they say hid entrances to Hamas tunnel networks. Zamirsaid that in wartime the buildings would be legitimate targets. One of the two is home to a Hamas member with five children, connecting to a nearby mosque, according to the IDF. These are said to be two in bank of targets.

The IFDs Brig. Gen. Oshri Lugassy said that there were now hundreds of kilometers of tunnels running under the Gaza Strip.

“Our intelligence shows without any doubt that Hamas is building its infrastructure for the next round of fighting in the civilian arena,” Zamir added.

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Israel, the land of milk and honey _ and now whiskey? – News & Observer


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Iran bans two footballers for life for playing against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv – Telegraph.co.uk

Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy committee, told the semi-official Mehr news agency: Agreeing to play in a game against athletes of a regime that has given humanity nothing other than occupation, murder, aggression and betrayal is disrespectful of the rights of thousands of martyrs and those displaced and affected by the occupying Zionist regime.

The Israeli foreign ministry tweeted: “Well done to Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajisafi who broke the taboo of not playing in matches against Israeli athletes.”

The Iranian football team, managed by former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, hasqualified for next year’s world cup in Russia.

The loss of the midfield duo is expected to harm their chances at the tournament.

When they signed for Panionios in July, Hajisafi had 84 caps and six goals, while Shojaei had 71 caps and eight goals.

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Netflix picks up new Israeli shows – The Jerusalem Post

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Netflix has gotten a taste of Israeli drama – and it wants more.

After the critical success of Fauda, the Israeli spy thriller that has audiences around the world buzzing, the streaming service has ordered two more shows from the series creators, it announced Thursday.

Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, who were behind Fauda, will be producing two new original programs for Netflix – one unnamed series and another titled “Hit and Run.”

The unnamed series is based on real events, and follows CIA and Mossad agents working to track down the world’s most wanted terrorist.

“Hit and Run,” meanwhile, will see a happily married man watch his life turn upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident, said Netflix.

Fauda was originally created for the Israeli TV network Yes in 2015. In 2016 Netflix picked up the show and added it to their lineup – keeping the Arabic and Hebrew dialogue and adding subtitles for viewers around the globe. The streaming service then bought the rights to the second series as well. The show won six Ophir Awards in Israel.

“Lior and Avi are excellent storytellers and were proud to expand our relationship with them, said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.

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Abbas, Israel Pull The Power Plug On War-Torn Gaza Strip

The nearly two million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, under the dual thumbs of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, have faced waves of military destruction, along with enforced shortages of basic goods and services. Israel, at the Authoritys request, has cut off most of Gazas electricity as well.

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Israel: 50 Years of Occupation Abuses | Human Rights Watch

Palestinian Bedouin school children walk towards their tents on September 15, 2010 at their Bedouin camp outside the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumin. Israel does not recognize the Bedouins property claims and has demolished homes and schools in the area. At least five categories of major violations of international human rights law and humanitarian law characterize the occupation: unlawful killings; forced displacement; abusive detention; the closure of the Gaza Strip and other unjustified restrictions on movement; and the development of settlements, along with the accompanying discriminatory policies that disadvantage Palestinians. Many of Israels abusive practices were carried out in the name of security. Palestinian armed groups have carried out scores of lethal attacks on civilians and launched thousands of rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas, also in violation of international humanitarian law. As the occupation enters its second half-century, the focus should be on increasing the protection of the rights of the population of the occupied territory, Human Rights Watch said. In the West Bank, Israeli security forces have routinely used excessive force in policing situations, killing or grievously wounding thousands of demonstrators, rock-throwers, suspected assailants, and others with live ammunition when lesser means could have averted a threat or maintained order. Armed Palestinian groups also committed war crimes during these conflicts and at other times, including rocket attacks targeting Israeli population centers. Between the start of the first Intifada in December 1987 and the end of February 2017, attacks by Palestinians killed at least 1,079 Israeli civilians, according to the Israeli human rights organization BTselem. Israeli official investigations into alleged security force abuses during the Gaza conflicts and in policing situations failed to hold the abusers accountable, with rare exceptions. Palestinian authorities have also failed to investigate violations and hold those responsible to account. Illegal Settlements Israeli authorities have since 1967 facilitated the transfer of its civilians to the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. In 1967, Israel established two settlements in the West Bank: Kfar Etzion and East Talpiot; by 2017, Israel had established 237 settlements there, housing approximately 580,000 settlers. Israel applies Israeli civil law to settlers, affording them legal protections, rights, and benefits that are not extended to Palestinians living in the same territory who are subjected to Israeli military law. Israel provides settlers with infrastructure, services, and subsidies that it denies to Palestinians, creating and sustaining a separate and unequal system of law, rules, and services. The law of occupation, designed to regulate the exceptional and temporary situation in which a foreign military power displaces the lawful sovereign and rules by force, grants an occupier broad but limited powers to restrict individuals and their rights to meet security needs. However, in a prolonged occupation in which occupiers have the opportunity to develop more narrowly tailored responses to security threats, exemptions to rights protections should be reduced and the balance shifted toward respecting, protecting, and fulfilling all fundamental rights of the population. In addition, the occupiers obligation to restore normal civilian life for the local population increases with the passage of time, as do its obligations to progressively realize the social, economic, and cultural rights of residents of the occupied territory. After decades of failure to rein in abuses associated with the occupation, the international community should take more active measures to hold Israeli and Palestinian authorities to their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. Other countries and businesses should cease activities carried out inside settlements and change policies that support settlement-related activities and infrastructure, in keeping with their respective human rights responsibilities. Fifty years of occupation and decades of a fruitless peace process should put firmly to rest the notion that downplaying human rights will ease the path to a negotiated solution to the conflict, Whitson said. Concerted action for rights and accountability is urgently needed, including through the International Criminal Court.

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Israel jails 19-year old woman for refusing military service – Telegraph.co.uk

A 19-year old woman has been jailed by the Israeli authorities for refusing to be conscripted into the Israel Defence Force. Noa Gur Golan is currently being held in a military prison near Haifa, having been detained for more than 30 days. She is being held in a room with nine other women and is only allowed to see her family once every two weeks. Israel expects all Jewish, Druze and Circassian Israeli over the age of 18 to do their military service, with women being conscripted for two years and men two years and eight months. Ms Golan’s brothers, aged 29 and 24, have completed their service with the Israeli Defence Force. She had sought to avoid military service on the grounds of her being a pacifist, but her plea has been rejected in the two hearings she has had so far, the Independent reported.

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Trump to Send Kushner to Middle East for Israel-Palestine Talks – Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is dispatching a team led by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to Israel in pursuit of a Middle East peace deal. Trumps sending the delegation to try to take advantage of a period of relative calm following violent clashes last month over Israeli security arrangements at the Jerusalem shrine known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, said a senior administration official who requested anonymity to discuss the negotiations. Kushner will be joined by Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell on the trip, which will include meetings with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The U.S. president wants to set an ambitious agenda for the talks, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, efforts to combat extremism, and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the official said. Trump has said he is hopeful his son-in-law can help restart a peace process that has made little headway over the past 25 years. He made addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict an early priority, hosting leaders from both sides at the White House during the opening months of his presidency and visiting Israel during his first international trip as president. During the visit of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in May, Trump said a peace agreement is frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.” He told reporters that negotiators would get a deal done, even while acknowledging that he had heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Lets see if we can prove them wrong, OK? Trump continued. But his early forays into diplomacy have also run into some hiccups. He suggested during a state visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February that the U.S. wouldnt necessarily press for a two-state solution, a seeming reversal of long-standing U.S. policy that reflects a key Palestinian demand. Get the latest on global politics in your inbox, every day. Get our newsletter daily. Kushner is a longtime friend of the Israeli prime minister, who is facing a slew of domestic legal troubles. Netanyahus former chief of staff, Ari Harow, has signed a deal to cooperate with prosecutors there, and police have confirmed theyre investigating the prime minister as a suspect in a bribery, fraud, and breach of trust case. Netanyahu has blasted the media and critics over the controversy and accused opponents of attempting a governmental coup. The last round of U.S.-led talks, a pet project of former Secretary of State John Kerry, broke down three years ago amid mutual recriminations.

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Archaeologists excavating a site in Reina, in the Lower Galilee region of Israel, have uncovered what they believe was a production site for the manufacture of stone mugs and bowls that were used by Jews in the area who adhered to very strict purity laws 2,000 years ago. The excavators unearthed a cave in which they found thousands of chalkstone cores and other types of production waste, including fragments of stone mugs and bowls in various stages of production, the Israel Antiquities Authority reported. The stone vessels provide a tantalizing link to the New Testament story of the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle transforming water held in six stone containers into wine. LOST ROMAN CITY THAT WAS HOME TO JESUS’ APOSTLES FOUND, SAY ARCHAEOLOGISTS Most tableware, cooking pots and storage jars at the time were made of pottery, but Jews throughout Judea and Galilee also used tableware and storage vessels made of soft, local chalkstone, said the excavations director, Dr. Yonatan Adler, a senior lecturer at Ariel University. Reina is located 26 miles east of the city of Haifa. According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken, Adler said. Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material which can never become ritually impure, and as a result ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone. The excavators found thousands of stone cores, the industrial waste from stone mugs and bowls produced on a lathe, along with hundreds of unfinished vessels they believe were damaged during production and discarded. The large number of cores and vessel fragments suggests that the location was a production site. EXPERTS HUNT FOR BIBLICAL TABERNACLE THAT HOUSED THE ARK OF THE COVENANT Although chalkstone vessels are well-known at many Jewish sites throughout the country, Adler said, it is extremely unusual to uncover a site where such vessels were actually produced. The production waste indicates that this workshop produced mainly handled mugs and bowls of various sizes. The finished products were marketed throughout the region here in Galilee, and our finds provide striking evidence that Jews here were scrupulous regarding the purity laws. The current excavations will hopefully help us answer the question of how long these laws continued to be observed among the Jews of Galilee during the course of the Roman period DNA DISCOVERY IDENTIFIES LIVING DESCENDANTS OF BIBLICAL CANAANITES Yardenna Alexandre, who specializes in the study of Roman Era Galilee, said fragments of stone vessels have been found in other excavations, but Now, for the first time, we have an unprecedented opportunity to investigate a site where these vessels were actually produced in Galilee. The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well. It is possible that large stone containers of the type mentioned in the Wedding at Cana of Galilee story may have been produced locally in Galilee, she said.

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Why Israel Is Spending $800 Million on a Hidden New Wall – Newsweek

President Donald Trump has said repeatedly he is an admirer of Israels controversial wall building program, and the Middle Eastern country is giving him another structure to envyIsrael’s army has announced construction details ofa new underground wall to run along the country’s border with Gaza. The $800 million barrier willstretch across the countrys 40-mile frontier with the territory, measuring19 feet high, but alsodelving131 feet underground, principally to counter the threat of attack tunnels dug by Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has controlled Gaza since 2007. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)revealed details of the wall, first announced in 2014, on Wednesday. Work is scheduled to begin on the wall in October and it is expected to take two years to complete. According to The Times, Israel has built factories to produce concrete along its border, and construction workers, who will be part of the round-the-clockeffort, will reportedly include east African asylum seekers and others from Spain and Moldova. Daily Emails and Alerts – Get the best of Newsweek delivered to your inbox Related: Israel tried to derail Syria cease-fire at secret meetings with U.S. and Russia over Iran The wall will be constructed mainly from concrete, reinforced with iron bars and pipes and covered in sensors. It will also extend into the Mediterranean in an attempt to stop Hamasfighters from swimming ashore. GeneralEyal Zamir, the Israeli head of the Southern Command said the army was concerned about Hamas trying to stop construction, and another military official told The Times of Israelthat they planned to defend the barrier and that it would be “built at any price.” I think the other side will have to re-evaluate the situation in view of the barrier, Zamir, the Israeli head of the Southern Command said. TheNew York Times reported Israeli military officials being tight-lipped about further plans for the wall. Heavy machinery can be seen at work along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, as seen from Kfar Aza, southern Israel on February 28. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo Israel has long had ambitions to close off tunnels Hamas uses to attack it. During the summer-long war of 2014 Hamas used attack tunnels to ambush Israeli military posts and to transport weapons and ammunition across the border. After the 50 days of fighting Israel had put dozens of Hamas tunnels out of action, including a number that led into Israeli territory and threatened civilians. On Thursday, Israeli military officials distributed aerial photographs and GPS coordinates of two residential buildings in Gaza that they say hid entrances to Hamas tunnel networks. Zamirsaid that in wartime the buildings would be legitimate targets. One of the two is home to a Hamas member with five children, connecting to a nearby mosque, according to the IDF. These are said to be two in bank of targets. The IFDs Brig. Gen. Oshri Lugassy said that there were now hundreds of kilometers of tunnels running under the Gaza Strip. “Our intelligence shows without any doubt that Hamas is building its infrastructure for the next round of fighting in the civilian arena,” Zamir added.

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News & Observer Israel , the land of milk and honey _ and now whiskey? News & Observer The warmer climate in Israel allows for a speedier aging process in the barrel than whiskey made in colder climates, according to Ran Latovicz, an Israeli whiskey connoisseur and bar owner. “In colder climates like Scotland or Ireland, whiskey usually … and more »

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Iran bans two footballers for life for playing against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv – Telegraph.co.uk

Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy committee, told the semi-official Mehr news agency: Agreeing to play in a game against athletes of a regime that has given humanity nothing other than occupation, murder, aggression and betrayal is disrespectful of the rights of thousands of martyrs and those displaced and affected by the occupying Zionist regime. The Israeli foreign ministry tweeted: “Well done to Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajisafi who broke the taboo of not playing in matches against Israeli athletes.” The Iranian football team, managed by former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, hasqualified for next year’s world cup in Russia. The loss of the midfield duo is expected to harm their chances at the tournament. When they signed for Panionios in July, Hajisafi had 84 caps and six goals, while Shojaei had 71 caps and eight goals. The two players were supported by football fans on social media:

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Netflix picks up new Israeli shows – The Jerusalem Post

Netflix logo. (photo credit:REUTERS) Netflix has gotten a taste of Israeli drama – and it wants more. After the critical success of Fauda, the Israeli spy thriller that has audiences around the world buzzing, the streaming service has ordered two more shows from the series creators, it announced Thursday. Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, who were behind Fauda, will be producing two new original programs for Netflix – one unnamed series and another titled “Hit and Run.” The unnamed series is based on real events, and follows CIA and Mossad agents working to track down the world’s most wanted terrorist. “Hit and Run,” meanwhile, will see a happily married man watch his life turn upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run accident, said Netflix. Fauda was originally created for the Israeli TV network Yes in 2015. In 2016 Netflix picked up the show and added it to their lineup – keeping the Arabic and Hebrew dialogue and adding subtitles for viewers around the globe. The streaming service then bought the rights to the second series as well. The show won six Ophir Awards in Israel. “Lior and Avi are excellent storytellers and were proud to expand our relationship with them, said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. Share on facebook

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."