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The Daily TIP: Top Abbas Adviser: It Would be "Insane" for Palestinian Authority to Stop Paying Terrorists

Posted by Tip Staff - May 04, 2017

Top Abbas Adviser: It Would be "Insane" for Palestinian Authority to Stop Paying Terrorists
Survey: Men in Palestinian Authority Resistant to Equality for Women
IDF Troops Find Weapon Under Child's Bed During West Bank Terror Raid
Israeli Chef Wins Prestigious Award for Contributions to American Food Culture


Top Abbas Adviser: It Would be "Insane" for Palestinian Authority to Stop Paying Terrorists

A top adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday harshly rejected the United States' "insane" demand that the Palestinian Authority stop paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families.

Nabil Shaath, a foreign policy adviser to Abbas, told Israel Radio that halting the payments to terrorists would harm prospects for peace negotiations with Israel, the Times of Israel reported.

He called Palestinian prisoners, many of whom were convicted for gruesome murders, "victims of Israel and the result of occupation."

Shaath told local media in January that Palestinians have an "indisputable" right to "armed resistance," a popular euphemism for terrorism, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board argued in November that payments to Palestinian terrorists “are an official incentive program for murder that in any other context would be recognized as state sponsorship of terror.”


Survey: Men in Palestinian Authority Resistant to Equality for Women

Inequitable gender attitudes remain common across the Middle East and North Africa, according to research undertaken by the International Men and Gender Equality Survey. The study which covered the Palestinian Authority and three Arab states in the region found that a substantial proportion of men in those areas are resistant to gender equality.

The poll was conducted on nearly 10,000 individuals - both men and women aged between 18 and 59 - from the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. The study revealed that a majority of men, and a significant minority of women, are holding a range of patriarchal and stereotypical sexist attitudes, including on issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, and honor killings.

One-third of men surveyed in Palestinian Authority believe that “there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten” and more than half of men and women agree that “a woman should tolerate violence to keep the family together." In Egypt, more than half of male respondents condoned physical violence against women and 90 percent asserted that women should tolerate abuse to preserve the family.

Victim-blaming in relation to sexual harassment and assault is widespread and a vast majority of men surveyed hold the view that a woman’s behavior and dress code directly affect a man’s honor. Almost half of Egyptian men believe that “women like the attention when men harass them” and a majority of both men and women in Palestinian Authority agree that “if a woman is raped, she should marry her rapist."

Almost half of male respondents in Palestinian Authority also condone honor killings and believe that “the girl or woman usually deserves such punishment (being killed) from her family."

The study concluded that across the four countries, around half of the men, and a significant minority of women, hold the view that gender equality is not “part of our traditions or culture."


IDF Troops Find Weapon Under Child's Bed During West Bank Terror Raid

Israeli security forces found a weapon hidden in a child's bedroom while breaking up a Palestinian terror cell near Jenin last month, the military announced Thursday.

In a joint operation, the IDF, Israeli Police, and Shin Bet internal security agency captured two suspects believed to be behind several shooting attacks against military and civilian targets in the Samaria region.

One of the weapons used to commit these attacks was found in a child’s bed frame.

The terror cell was affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was planning other attacks against civilians traveling on local roads.

The military noted that this was not the first time that Palestinian terrorists were found to have hidden weapons in children's bedrooms. In December, security force uncovered weapon parts hidden between stuffed toys and art supplies while searching a home in Nablus.


Israeli Chef Wins Prestigious Award for Contributions to American Food Culture

Monday night, on the eve of Israel's 69th Independence Day, Israeli-born U.S. restaurateur Michael Solomonov was honored with the Outstanding Chef award at the James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago.

The award recognized his work at Israeli fusion restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia, which Solomonov and partner Steve Cook opened in 2008 with the aim of putting Israeli-inspired dishes and Israeli-produced ingredients on American plates.

Solomonov also co-owns other eateries in Philadelphia, including hummus and Israeli salads restaurant Dizengoff; falafel joint Goldie; and Abe Fisher, which serves up Jewish world cuisine.

Solomonov is no newcomer to the James Beard Awards. He was a semifinalist Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010 was nominated in the Best Chefs in America category. He also was semifinalist Outstanding Chef in 2015 and was nominated as Outstanding Chef again last year. In 2016, Solomonov and Cook won two Beard awards for their cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is “to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”

(via Israel21c)


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