Joint Israeli-Palestinian Cancer Research Raises New Questions about Genes and Environment

Israelis and Palestinians may be in the midst of a conflict dating back many decades, but they’re also working together to fight a different battle altogether—the fight against cancer. Joint research by Israelis and Palestinian professionals looked at Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) tumors in both Arab and Jewish populations and concluded …

Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used …

Latest Israeli Missile Defense System—David’s Sling—Launches in 2 Weeks

In just a matter of days last week, Israel experienced missile attacks from both the north and south, a disturbing reoccurrence in a region rife with conflict. To better defend against such attacks, Israel will rely on not one, but four different missile defense systems—the final one of which will …

US Slams ‘Outrageous’ UN Human Rights Council Anti-Israel Agenda Item

It’s time once again for the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold their scheduled discussion of Israel’s imagined abuses, to which the United States has one response. “The United States will not participate… other than to vote against the outrageous, one-sided, anti-Israel resolutions that so diminish what the Human …

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Israel Intercepts Steel for Building Rockets in Gaza

November 16, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Terror smuggling caught by Israel again. Illustrative example of smuggling goods. Photo courtesy of the Israel Tax Authority.

Terror smuggling caught by Israel again. Illustrative example of smuggling goods. Photo courtesy of the Israel Tax Authority.

A truck supposedly laden with spare parts and home electronics was carrying cargo that could have been used to attack the Israeli homefront: stainless steel plates, which can be used for building rockets. The Facebook page for the Israeli group that administers the crossings into Gaza, known as Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), noted that the truck was supposed to have an innocent payload.

“Hamas, however, had other plans,” said the COGAT statement. “They attempted to hide stainless steal metal, which is used to build rockets, inside the goods. Those rockets could have been used to hit Israeli civilians and take innocent lives.” The post said they confiscated not only the goods, but for the first time captured the truck as well. “We must battle the deadly threat of terror with strong measures. The safety of Israel comes first,” said the statement. … Continue Reading

Dutch Aid Helps Israelis Build Medical Center in Arab Town

November 14, 2016 News
Israel's Magen David Adom is expanding to help more Arabs. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Israel’s Magen David Adom is expanding to help more Arabs. Israeli MDA ambulance. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

What do the Netherlands, Israeli Jews, and Arabs have in common? Well one thing for sure is the new Magen David Adom (MDA) medical station in the Israeli Arab town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye. The center, designed to provide quick emergency medical care to the 35,000 inhabitants of the town and the region around it, was donated by the Netherlands Friends of MDA. The MDA is Israel’s emergency medical organization, providing ambulance, paramedic, and blood donation services. In addition to life-saving care, the MDA said via press release that the Baqa al-Gharbiyye center will also be involved in teaching first aid in schools.

The Mayor of the Arab town, Mursi Abu Much, was quoted in the press release as thanking the MDA for the new facility. “The message here is that Muslims, Jews and Christians can do great things in this world,” said Abu Much. “Today is living proof that we are uniting in order to do good despite what is happening in the world.” … Continue Reading

Iranian Analyst Says Missiles Aimed at Israel Stopped US Strike of Syria

November 9, 2016 News
Did Iran almost attack Israel? Illustrative of Iranian-sponsored attack. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Did Iran almost attack Israel? Illustrative of Iranian-sponsored attack. Photo Courtesy of IDF Spokesperson.

Iran threatened to unleash thousands of missiles upon Israel three years ago in response to American plans to attack Syria over using chemical weapons, claimed a political analyst that reportedly has connections to the Iranian military. Sadollah Zareyee, who The Daily Beast has closely linked to Iranian armed forces, was recently quoted by the Fars News Agency as saying that the threat is still real today—and includes American targets. The analyst said that missiles from Iran and their terrorist ally Hezbollah “are ready to be fired at the US targets in the Persian Gulf and against the Zionist regime”—a capability he said existed in 2013.

Zareyee said that in 2013, it was not a Russian-brokered deal in which Syria disarmed of its chemical weapons that staved off American plans to strike Syria. Rather, he claimed that US intelligence realized that Iran was ready to launch their missiles. While Iranian media is prone to exaggeration, the aggressive claim may have some truth to it, as Iran’s government did threaten Israel at the time. … Continue Reading

US Gov’t Officials Have Concerns about Anti-Israel Bias at United Nations

November 7, 2016 Peace and Conflict
US Senator Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of rubio.senate.gov

US Senator Marco Rubio and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of rubio.senate.gov

The recent anti-Israel votes at the United Nations cultural body has led multiple US Senators to propose cutting ties with the organization, while separately, even the US government supporter of another U.N. body still voiced concerns about continued anti-Israel bias. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a former candidate to be the Republican nominee for president, joined three other senators urging U.S. President Barack Obama to “suspend ties” with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The move comes after a UNESCO vote that undermined the connection between Israel and Jerusalem’s holiest site—the Temple Mount—a move the senators called an effort to “delegitimize Israel” according to a copy of their letter to Obama posted to Rubio’s Senate office website. And UNESCO isn’t the only U.N. body under fire from the U.S. Even after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised the U.N. Human Rights Council for work it had done, he still called for an end to the “the Council’s excessive and biased focus on Israel,” according a press release on the U.S. State Department’s website. … Continue Reading

Don’t Expect New US President to Impact Israel Much, Regardless of Winner

November 6, 2016 News
U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right). Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Even in American politics where the sides can agree on next to nothing, there is one thing both sides generally accept—the United States’ unique relationship with Israel. Even US President Barack Obama, who has been critiqued on multiple occasions for his approach and tone towards Israel, nonetheless presided over a $38 billion aid package that will last 10 years. Israel will still be receiving money from the package well after the next president finishes their time in the White House.

In other words, the ties between the US and Israel are about more than any one administration. That does not mean the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton view Israel exactly the same or that one won’t be better than the other. But it does mean that the generally positive link between Israel and the US will continue, for the following reasons. … Continue Reading

Palestinian Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Israeli Soldiers

October 31, 2016 Peace and Conflict
Whose side are they on? Another Palestinian security service member turns criminal. Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Whose side are they on? Another Palestinian security service member turns criminal. Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Yet another member of the Palestinian security forces has turned criminal, as a police officer shot and wounded three soldiers near the Israeli settlement of Beit El and not far from the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah. The IDF Spokesperson Twitter feed said the gunman “approached IDF crossing near Ramallah & opened fire on soldiers, injuring 3.” The terrorist was eventually shot himself.

According to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, the terrorist—who was killed in the exchange of fire—was a 25-year-old Palestinian Police officer from the northern city of Jenin. Magen David Adom, the Israeli national Emergency Medical Service, reported on their Twitter feed that they treated and evacuated three victims—one severely and two moderately wounded. … Continue Reading

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