Israel is very sensitive to the so-called BDS movement. Which urges boycotting, divestiture and sanctions of Israel. Over its policies toward the Palestinians. Much of the BDS effort is taking place on campus. So it comes as a surprise that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu targets one such effort by students in the UK for special condemnation.
Two Israelis are being held in Gaza after crossing the border. An Ethiopian Israeli and a Bedouin Israeli. Little is known about the Bedouin captive. But the family of the Ethiopian is calling for his release. Calling his imprisonment “a serious humanitarian case.”
The family is imploring the Israeli government to bring him home, “safe and sound.”
The Israeli government, lifting a gag order over the cases of two Israelis who are being held in Gaza, one by Hamas.
One of the men went voluntarily into the Gaza 10 months ago. He is a Ethiopian Israeli who may have gone over because of psychological problems.
The other is a Bedouin Israeli. Little is known about his case.
This time it’s UNESCO issuing a report critical of Israel.
UNESCO is condemning Israel for what excavating in Jerusalem that, according to the report is damaging Islamic holy sites and Muslim artifacts and “endangering” the Old City. The report In particular, they are concerned about the building of a light rail system close to the Temple Mount.
Israeli’s foreign ministry was quick to slap back. Calling the report one sided for ignoring both the Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem. And for only viewing the Temple Mount as a Muslim holy site of worship.
In a statement, Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold says, given the deliberate destruction by ISIS of artifacts throughout the Middle East, the report critical of Israel is “misplaced and hypocritical at best.”
There’s talk about the possible lifting of sanctions against Iran. Something Israel says is not a good idea.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says, the fact that there’s a road map toward lifting of sanctions should there be agreement – doesn’t mean anyone is close to signing anything, yet. He says the talks could go “either way.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader says the talks really have nothing to do with his nation’s nuclear aspirations. But a devious plan to rob Iran of “civilizational position.”
But Iran’s foreign minister says a final deal is closer than it’s ever been before.
The negotiators continue to meet in an attempt to do just that.
A senior negotiator on the iranian side says, all sanctions should be immediately lifted if an agreement is reached.
Islamic State’s Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards “occupied Palestine” earlier in the day. Israeli security forces said earlier that two rockets landed in open areas in Israel’s Negev region. No damage or injuries were reported. A short time beforehand, rocket sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border, after which security forces began a search for the projectiles. Both rockets have since be located.
The 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Friday to adopt a resolution condemning Israel over the findings of a UN report into the Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
Forty-one countries voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution, while only the United States voted against.
Photo by United Nations Photo
Two rockets fired from Sinai landed in southern Israel Friday afternoon, the first such attack from Sinai into Israel since last summer.
The rockets, which hit in the Eshkol Regional Council, caused no injuries and did no damage, according to police, but the strikes come at a time of increased tension along the Israel-Egypt border.
Security cameras captured a group of Palestinians Thursday, throwing Molotov cocktails at two police squads in Ma’ale ha-Zeitim in East Jerusalem while the neighborhood of Beit Hanina also displayed a disturbing sign supportive of violence – graffiti of the flag championed by ISIS.
Photo by Anti Terror TV