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The Daily TIP: U.S. Blocks Security Council Resolution Condemning Israel over Violent Hamas Protests 

Posted by Tip Staff - April 02, 2018

U.S. Blocks Security Council Resolution Condemning Israel over Violent Hamas Protests

IDF: Ten of the Fifteen Violent Protesters Killed on Friday Were Members of Terror Groups

Israel Announces Int'l Agreement to Resettle Thousands of Migrants in West

State-of-the-Art Light Show Celebrating King David and History of City Opens in Jerusalem (21c)

 

U.S. Blocks Security Council Resolution Condemning Israel over Violent Hamas Protests 

The United States on Saturday blocked a draft United Nations Security Council statement expressing “grave concern” over Israel’s handling of the Hamas-led “March of Return” along the border with Gaza and calling for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the violence.

The resolution, tabled by Kuwait which represents the Arab states in the council, reaffirmed “the right to peaceful protest” and expressed “sorrow at the loss of innocent Palestinian lives.” It also called “for respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including protection of civilians,” Agence France-Presse reported.

The Israeli military has so far identified ten of the fifteen Palestinians killed as members of terrorist organizations.

The draft statement was circulated to the council, but on Saturday the United States raised objections and said it would veto the resolution. The United Kingdom reportedly also blocked the passing of the statement.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Saturday charged that the U.S. and U.K. were “accomplices in the horrific massacre committed by the Israeli occupation army against our defenseless people,” for preventing Arab efforts to condemn Israel at the U.N.

On Sunday, the PA launched a personal attack on the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley.

“The US ambassador insists on taking positions in support of the occupation and in defense of its crimes and violations,” said a statement issued by the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ramallah. Blaming Haley for adopting a “barefaced hostile position” against the Palestinians, the ministry attacked the ambassador’s “blind bias in favor of Israel and its crimes.”

IDF: Ten of the Fifteen Violent Protesters Killed on Friday Were Members of Terror Groups

At least ten of the fifteen Palestinians killed at the Gaza border during a violent march orchestrated by the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas on Friday were known members of Palestinian terrorist groups, the Times of Israel reported.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday night published a list of their names and positions in the organizations. Eight of the men killed were members of Hamas, which is in complete political and military control of the Gaza Strip. One served in the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, which is affiliated with Fatah, the political party headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and another was identified as a global jihadist activist.

Earlier that day, Hamas publicly acknowledged that five members of its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, were among the fatalities and were hiding among the civilian population, using them as human shields – a war crime under international law.

The military said that at least one of the Hamas members, Sari Abu Odeh, was a member of the terror group’s elite Nukhba force and that another, Muhammad Abu Amro, served in its tunnel operations. The IDF also identified Mussa’b al-Saloul as one of the two Hamas members who shot at Israeli soldiers on Friday evening and attempted to breach the security fence before he was killed.

On Friday, some 30,000 Palestinians took part in the Hamas-led “March of Return” demonstrations along the Gaza border, focused at six main protest sites, where rioters threw firebombs and stones at troops, tried to bomb and breach the security fence, burned tires, and in one case opened fire at Israeli soldiers.

The IDF said that its sharpshooters targeted only protesters taking explicit violent action against Israeli troops and those trying to damage or breach the security fence.

The army further charged that Hamas was deliberately putting civilians at risk to exploit any casualties as propaganda against the Jewish State. The army cited the case of a seven-year-old girl, who was pushed towards the fence in an apparent attempt to draw Israeli fire. The army spotted the child and returned her unharmed.

IDF spokesman Ronen Manelis said the IDF faced “a violent, terrorist demonstration at six points” along the fence. He said the IDF used “pinpoint fire” wherever there were attempts to breach or damage the security fence. “All the fatalities were aged 18-30, several of the fatalities were known to us, and at least two of them were members of Hamas commando forces,” he said.

The IDF said it was remaining on high alert.



Israel Announces Int'l Agreement to Resettle Thousands of Migrants in West

Israel announced that roughly half of thousands of African migrants residing in south Tel Aviv will be resettled in the West, primarily Canada, Italy and Germany, while the remainder will be dispersed throughout Israel, The Times of Israel reported Monday.

In announcing the deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said that the government would give priority to rehabilitating south Tel Aviv in addition to abiding by the international agreement.

Netanyahu termed the agreement “the best possible” outcome of a difficult situation after a plan to deport the migrants to Rwanda and Uganda was cancelled due to “legal constraints as well as political difficulties.”

According to the terms of the agreement, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will seek to resettle at least 16,500 of the asylum seekers in Western countries, and the remainder, estimated to be 18,000 will be granted temporary residential status for five years, after which their status will be re-evaluated.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri notes the agreement is a result of “months of under-the-radar talks” with the United Nations that had produced “the best possible outcome” for residents of south Tel Aviv.

The agreement was hailed by both the Likud and opposition politicians.

Shelly Yachimovich of the Zionist Union Party tweeted that the agreement was “a tremendous victory for a citizens’ campaign and the voice of morality and reason against racism and hatred of the stranger. The framework that the government is presenting appears to be fair and moral, both on the international level and out of concern, first of all, for the residents of southern [Tel Aviv] neighborhoods.”



State-of-the-Art Light Show Celebrating King David and History of City Opens in Jerusalem

 

The epic story of King David has inspired great painters and sculptors for centuries. Now that story is depicted in 18 larger-than-life projections on the ancient stone walls of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

The “King David” nighttime sound-and-light show, which opened April 1, is powered by 18 high-definition laser projectors, 20 speakers and 10 kilometers of cable.

 

System designer Eli Geffen from Showlogix of Tel Aviv says it is the largest installation of 18,000-lumen single-chip M-Vision Laser projectors in the world, illuminating the citadel with 250,000 lumens and 35 million pixels.

 

“The movement and the sharpness of the laser technology brings the subjects to life in three dimensions and makes the show that much more remarkable,” says archeologist Renee Sivan, the show’s concept creator and curator.

 

The experience begins with a 15-minute pre-show amid the museum’s archaeological findings that bear witness to the history of Jerusalem, from the 13th century Crusader walls to the remains of King Herod’s palace from 2,000 years ago.

 

The show opens with works of art inspired by the biblical account of David’s life from artists such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Matisse, Chagall and Michelangelo. The grand finale is an orchestral celebration of Psalm 122’s prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.

 

The show’s original music score was composed by the French musician Alexandre Lévy, performed on 40 instruments and piped through a six-channel surround sound system.

 

Artistic directors Jean-Michel Quesne and Hélène Richard from Collectif K2A, Paris, combined film, live actors, animation, art and illustration.

 

(via Israel21c)


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