The "settler violence" campaign is meant to offset real Arab violence and Five children killed, 4 seriously injured after winds sweep up bouncy castle in Australia and Israel Police Nab 4 in Ashdod Coin Counterfeiting Ring By Hana Levi Julian and 3 Arabs Arrested for Theft of Ancient Archaeological Artifacts and Airobotics, Solar Drone Sign Deal for Drones to Clean Solar Panels By Hana Levi Julian and Ukraine to Open Embassy Branch in Jerusalem, Israel’s ‘One and Only Capital’ and Family violates quarantine, causes mass infection
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The "settler violence" campaign is meant to offset real Arab violence
Israel's public security minister gives us slogans, not facts as part of a well-orchestrated campaign by anti-Zionist left-wing groups to wage a moral counterassault to the explosion of Arab violence in the last six months. Opinion.
It's hard to envy Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev. On one hand, he is one of the few qualified appointments of the Bennett-Lapid government. On the other, what can be said about someone who believes that all the recent terrorist attacks had "personal" motives, even though they come on the heels of the ongoing Palestinian Arab violence on both sides of the Green Line in the last six months?
It's hard to believe that Bar-Lev truly believes that one terrorist murders because his wife left him and another terrorist was motivated by a family squabble, and that a car-ramming happened because some teenager argued with his dad. Maybe we should send in Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton to handle Palestinian Arab family troubles.
Bar-Lev has to hang on to the supporters to his left. So, much like his legendary father, he barricades himself in local battles: He fights Palestinian terrorism as if there is no settler violence, and fights settler violence as if there was no Palestinian terrorism. What he isn't taking into account is that the very phrase "settler violence" is a slogan. It's a campaign that left-wing groups have been working to promote for six months or more, as a moral counterassault to the wave of terrorism and rioting that erupted during Operation Guardian of the Walls in May.
It started at the end of July. Israel Defense Forces Maj. Gen. (res.) Yair Golan dared to sign a letter condemning the Ben & Jerry's boycott. His fellow Meretz member, Mossi Raz, attacked him and informed him that the "settlements" in Judea and Samaria weren't part of Israel.
Golan withdrew his signature. At the same time, we started to see billboards that warned about the people in charge of the defense and public-security portfolios, Benny Gantz and Bar-Lev. This was the work of the Breaking the Silence NGO. "Settler violence—not on your watch," they said. The threat went along with quotes from the two ministers.
Bar-Lev's recent meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland proves how deeply the radical anti-Zionist left has penetrated. The left-wing groups have inserted this narrative into the core of the discourse among American Democrats and media, including, of course, left-wing "Jewish" organizations. J Street is passing it along on its social media to people whom it sees as propaganda targets.
In one case, images show clashes between a few masked settlers and a group of left-wing activists and Arabs. It's not clear when or where this happened. In another, images show the demolition of a house in the middle of nowhere, while a Palestinian Arab woman makes gestures of despair. There are doubtless other scenes in this campaign that seeks to instill hatred of Israel through isolation incidents of this kind.
A minister in the Israeli government, even one who holds a Labor Party-style view of how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be solved, should be expected to present the truth to the American diplomat. To put the systematic Palestinian attacks and a few isolated cases of violence by Jews, which Israel is able to handle, in proportion.
Amnon Lord is an Israeli journalist with the daily newspaper "Makor Rishon." His articles and essays about media, film and politics have been published in "The Jerusalem Post," "Mida," "Azure," "Nativ" and "Achshav."This article first appeared in Israel Hayom
Family violates quarantine, causes mass infection
Family from Jerusalem which returned from South Africa violates quarantine despite testing positive for Omicron variant.
A family from Jerusalem who returned from South Africa, which is defined as a "red" country, violated quarantine despite being confirmed as positive for the Omicron strain of COVID-19 and caused mass infection, Channel 12 News reported on Thursday.
According to the report, the parents continued to send their children to school, the infected grandmother continued her work as the director of an educational institution and the infected grandfather continued to visit his synagogue every day.
The report said that even after the discovery of the chain of infection, the family members, most of whom are not vaccinated, are refusing to cooperate with the authorities.
An investigation by the Home Front Command unit in charge of dealing with cases of COVID-19 revealed that even though the family members returned from South Africa, they violated home isolation after receiving negative PCR test results and sent their children to educational institutions even though they were supposed to stay in isolation for seven days.
On the fifth day of quarantine, most of the family members were confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant and even then, they continued to send the children to school. An investigation by the Home Front Command revealed that another person, who lied during the investigation, was also connected to the contagion incident.
An outbreak reported Thursday at a school in Jerusalem may also be related to this incident.
Ukraine to Open Embassy Branch in Jerusalem, Israel's 'One and Only Capital'
The branch will be responsible for promoting bilateral trade and technological ties.
By United with Israel Staff
Ukraine's Israel envoy said his country will open a branch of its embassy in Jerusalem in the coming year.
Speaking Thursday evening at the Kyiv Jewish Forum, an online event marking three decades of Israel-Ukraine ties, Yevgen Korniychuk, Ukraine's ambassador to Israel, referred to Jerusalem as Israel's "one and only capital."
In attendance were, among other dignitaries, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky and several Ukrainian and Israeli government ministers and world Jewish leaders.
Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin, who hails from Ukraine, expressed his hope that the eastern European country would open an embassy branch in the Israeli capital. He made his remarks and gave Korniychuk a 2,700-year-old artifact bearing the word "Jerusalem" in Hebrew immediately before Korniychuk spoke.
The embassy's Jerusalem branch will be responsible for promoting bilateral trade and technological ties.
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Five children killed, 4 seriously injured after winds sweep up bouncy castle in Australia
Students at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, were celebrating their last day of the school year on Thursday morning when the tragedy unfolded.
By Chantal Da Silva
What started as a youthful celebration ended in tragedy at an elementary school in Australia on Thursday.
Children and staff at the school in Devonport, Tasmania, were enjoying their last day of the school year with a morning of fun activities. But the festivities were brought to an abrupt and shocking end when heavy winds swept a bouncy castle into the air — and then sent nine children plunging to the ground, killing five and seriously injuring four.
In a statement, police said the nine students at Hillcrest Primary School had fallen from a height of around 10 meters (32.8 feet) after a "significant local wind event" caused the jumping castle and several inflatable "zorb" balls to lift into the air.
The incident happened at around 10 a.m. local time (7 p.m. E.T. Wednesday), Tasmanian Police said, with officers and emergency services, including two helicopters, racing to the scene within two minutes and beginning to administer first aid.
"Sadly, four children — two girls and two boys — died and another five suffered critical or serious injuries and are in hospital," the island state's police department said in an initial statement.
Hours later, police confirmed to NBC News that a fifth child had died. They said they could not provide any updates on the condition of the four other children hospitalized.
Police said the students were in grades 5 and 6, which means they were likely between the ages of 10 and 12.
Israel Police announced Tuesday that four suspects have been arrested in a coin counterfeiting ring in Ashdod.
The Financial Crimes Unit of the Israel Police 443 Major Crimes Unit made the arrests following a months-long undercover investigation into the operation, Israel Hayom reported.
One of the accused is suspected of using numerous bank accounts to launder more than NIS 5 million ($1.6 million). Another suspect, who owns a local factory in the Israeli port city, is suspected of cooperating with the three other suspects on a plan to convert his facility into a counterfeiting production plant.
The suspects are accused of making fake five shekel and ten shekel coins.
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit and officers of the Bank of Israel Currency Department raided the factory early Tuesday morning. They seized dozens of loose five shekel and ten shekel coins as well as raw materials, printing blocks and sophisticated machinery allegedly used to produce the counterfeit coins.
Two of the suspects were allegedly caught in the act of counterfeiting the coins. More of the counterfeited coins were seized during raids on some of the suspects' homes.
The four suspects face charges of producing counterfeit currency; installing or owning tools to produce counterfeit currency; fraudulent receipts of goods; and tax evasion and money laundering.
Three of the suspects were remanded into custody until Dec. 9 after a hearing before the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court. The fourth was remanded until Wednesday (Dec. 8).
The Israeli police arrested on Tuesday night three Arab suspects in the heart of Jerusalem with dozens of archaeological items in their vehicle, some of them from the period of the Bar-Kochba revolt in 130 CE.
A detective team from the Lev HaBira police station in the Jerusalem district noticed a vehicle with three people in it who aroused their suspicion, and they asked to inspect the vehicle.
During the vehicle's inspection, detectives noted many archaeological items in the possession of the suspects, two of them residents of eastern Jerusalem and the third from the Palestinian Authority.
A professional inspection by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) identified the items from the Bar Kochba Revolt, and the Roman and Byzantine periods.
The suspects were transferred to the police station for further investigation, in coordination with IAA.
This is the second case in recent days in which police from the Jerusalem District located archaeological items illegally held in the possession of Arab suspects.
On Sunday, detectives located archaeological items thousands of years old in the possession of an eastern Jerusalem resident in his 30s, including a Hasmonean coin from the time of Matityahu Antigonus bearing the Temple Menorah, a biblical seal with an ancient Hebrew inscription, and an oil candle from the Hasmonean period.
Felons committing antiquities-related offenses can face up to five years in prison under Israeli law.
Airobotics, Solar Drone Sign Deal for Drones to Clean Solar Panels
Just one day after the government accepted a bid to build Israel's largest-ever solar field comes the announcement that an Israeli drone manufacturer has inked a deal to develop and supply UAV cleaning services for solar panels.
Airobotics, an Israeli manufacturer of autonomous drones and aerial data platforms signed the agreement with Solar Drone, an Israeli company focusing on solar farms services.
The two companies announced Tuesday that Airobotics will develop and supply Solar Drone with a unique solar panel cleaning drone system.
The system, which will be fully automated, will include a drone docking station for automatic battery replacement and cleaning fluid replenishing. This will allow the system to operate continuously.
The two companies are also aiming to create and market a new drone-based cleaning solution, according to Israel Hayom.
"Our agreement with Solar Drone can leverage Airobotics' advanced core technology to help monitor and maintain solar farms. This is another step for us into a multi-billion-dollar market," said Meir Kliner, Airobotics co-founder and CEO.
"Today's solutions are unwieldy, uneconomical, and unable to cope with modern solar farms," added Shmuel Yanai, founder of Solar Drone.
"We believe the entry of Airobotics' drone technology into the market is a game changer, with significant economic potential."