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Israelis suffer series of terror attacks, PA spokesman derides Israeli self-defense

Posted by Tip Staff - September 16, 2016


Israelis were struck by four terror attacks on Friday: two stabbings, one car-ramming, and an incident in which rocks and glass bottles full of paint were thrown at a bus driver traveling down a highway. Glass shards splintering from the broken window cut the bus driver. A soldier was lightly wounded in one of the attempted stabbings, and three people were injured after the car-ramming attack, in which two Palestinians drove into a civilian bus stop. Israeli security forces responded to the assaults with gunfire; three assailants were killed. More than 300 terror attacks have taken place over the past year, killing 40 and wounding more than 500, Israeli officials estimate.A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reacted to the attacks by condemning Israel for shooting the attackers, calling the neutralizations “a crime and an execution.” The PA’s criticisms of Israeli self-defense raise questions around their true commitment to peace and a two-state solution. Abbas has refused to condemn multiple terror attacks—including the recent stabbing a of a 13 year-old girl—and has paid visits to terrorists’ families, telling one group of mothers, “your sons are martyrs.”


Palestinians must seek normalization with Israel in order to achieve independence, a Palestinian professor who has been ostracized in his community for arranging trips to Auschwitz said in an interview on Tuesday.Mohammed S. Dajani was targeted by the Palestinian anti-normalization movement for his efforts to achieve mutual understanding—he was denounced as a “traitor” by his fellow professors at al-Quds University in Jerusalem and his car was set on fire.
The failure of the movement, Dajani said in an interview with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is that it “it fails to see that the Palestinian cause must be won inside of Israel and that normalization is an essential step in the process to end the conflict.” By ostracizing Israel, Palestinians threaten to alienate the Israeli people from the “cause of peace,” making peace “improbable, if not impossible.” He also noted that the anti-normalization campaign violates the terms of the Oslo Accords because it “called for the end of incitement and encourages the process of normalization….Anti-normalization undermines the peace process, blocking the possibility of reconciliation and conflict resolution.”
Dajani pointed out that he has not been alone in being targeted by anti-normalization activists. Earlier this year, when an Israeli leftist group traveled to the West Bank to celebrate an Iftar meal during Ramadan, they had stones thrown at them and their car was torched. “These intimidation tactics aim to shut down interpersonal reconciliation, weakening Palestinian civil society and NGOs,” Dajani said.
Dajani blamed the anti-normalization campaign on both Fatah and Hamas, who “weaken the role of civil society organizations in order to remain in control of the political agenda” and become the exclusive representatives of the Palestinians.
Contrary to the claims of the anti-normalization movement that their actions are necessary to bring an end to to the occupation, engaging with Israelis would create a “trusting environment that would usher in a new era of reconciliation and peace through a negotiated peaceful settlement,” Dajani said.
Dajani commended a number of organizations, including Wasatia, which he founded, for bringing “Israelis and Palestinians together in school, agricultural, high-tech and advocacy programs, or camps.” The relationships formed through the work these organizations “construct bridges of understanding between Palestinians and Israelis to advance the causes of moderation, reconciliation, peace, and coexistence.”
“Without cooperation, without communication and normalization,” Dajani concluded, “peace is impossible. And that’s precisely our goal.”
Dajani was the subject of a profile this week in Haaretz, in which he explained how he developed his interest in the Holocaust:
The first time I heard about the Holocaust was at the American University in Beirut, and that, written in Arabic, was the denial narrative. My encounter with the term ‘Holocaust’ was that it didn’t happen or was part of the atrocities of World War II, but not something that was uniquely Jewish or aimed at the annihilation of the Jews. Eventually, I coauthored a book about the Holocaust in Arabic, because I couldn’t find a text that documented it in terms of what really happened. We felt we had to fill that gap.”

Also this week, Khaled Abu Toameh profiled Sheikh Abdullah Tamimi, a member of a prominent Hebron clan who also promotes dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. Tamimi has also been ostracized for his efforts.”We need to sit together and understand each other,” Tamimi said. “This will help the leaders make decisions. We want both peoples to live a dignified life.”
Abu Toameh reported that Tamimi “represents an increasing number of Palestinians who have lost confidence in their leaders’ ability to improve their living conditions and achieve peace and stability in the region.” To Abu Toameh, Tamimi and those like him are seeking to feel a “vacuum” left by Palestinians leadership, which has “once again failed their people” by postponing upcoming local elections. “Who will triumph,” he asked, “Palestinians and their Jewish neighbors in the West Bank who wish to live in peace, or the anti-Palestinian, anti-Israel, ‘anti-normalization’ activists who seek to derail a true peace at any cost?” (via TheTower.org)

Seeing a huge unmet need in the area of medical compression stockings, Israeli electrical engineer and self-described tech junkie Omer Zelka jumped in to fill it. Zelka’s startup, ElastiMed,  has developed a “smart” medical compression stocking made from a low-cost polymer that stretches and contracts to stimulate blood flow via an electric pulse generated by a 3V battery. About 40 percent of all adults suffer chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), causing pain, swelling, ulcers, varicose veins and spider veins as blood pools in their legs. A common reason for CVI is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which puts 600,000 Americans in the hospital each year and is considered the leading causes of preventable death. In addition, 3 million Americans suffer leg swelling from chronic lymphedema caused by surgery and cancer treatment. Compression stockings are usually prescribed to improve circulation, reduce swelling and prevent blood pooling and clotting in the legs. (via Israel21c)


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