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The Daily TIP: BREAKING: In Major Escalation, Sirens, Explosions Heard, as Rockets Target Tel Aviv

Posted by Tip Staff - March 14, 2019

BREAKING: In Major Escalation, Sirens, Explosions Heard, as Rockets Target Tel Aviv
Appointing Iran to UN Women's Rights Panel Sends "Worst Possible Message"
For First Time U.S. Refers to Golan Heights as "Under Israeli Control"
Technion Designs Ride-Sharing App to Increase Mobility of Israeli-Arab Women


BREAKING: In Major Escalation, Sirens, Explosions Heard, as Rockets Target Tel Aviv

Rocket sirens were triggered in Tel Aviv, and residents reported hearing two explosions, as rockets targeted Israel's largest city, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

The IDF later confirmed that two projectiles had been launched from Gaza, the enclave to Israel's south that is controlled politically and militarily by the terror group, Hamas.

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a "security consultation" at the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv in "the near future."

Medics have been treating Tel Aviv residents for shock in the aftermath of the rocket strikes.

Hamas is reportedly evacuating personnel from their posts in anticipation of an Israeli response to the rocket attack.

According to reports, one rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome system, and the other landed in an open area. No injuries or significant damage were reported.

It is the first time that the sirens have been activated in Tel Aviv since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the two Fajr-5 rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest terror group in Gaza after Hamas. The Fajr-5 is an Iranian-built rocket that both PIJ and Hamas have used.

Later this month, Hamas will mark the first anniversary of its so-called Great March of Return.

Last month, the IDF issued a report that found that the violent riots on Gaza's border with Israel were orchestrated by Hamas to cover for other military activity. According to the report, since last March, “over 1,300 rockets and mortars have been launched towards Israel, resulting in death and injury, property damage, psychological injury and economic harm.” The army report also found that the majority of the rockets were fired on Fridays and Saturdays, “immediately after mass violent riots.”

Read more in The Tower.



Appointing Iran to UN Women's Rights Panel Sends "Worst Possible Message"

The Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the worst human rights abusers in the world and top state sponsor of international terrorism, has been appointed a seat on the United Nations’ Women’s Rights Committee, Hillel Neuer of the watchdog group UN Watch reported Wednesday. Neuer described the appointment as sending "the worst possible message" to the women of Iran.

A press release by the U.N., shared by Neuer on his Twitter account, said that Iran and Nigeria would serve on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is dedicated to promoting “gender equality and the advancement of women.”

On its website, CSW describes itself as “instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

“The United Nations was founded on moral clarity but sadly, all too often today we see moral relativism of the kind that allows the misogynistic regime of Iran to examine complaints alleging violations of women’s rights,” Neuer said Wednesday.

“Empowering Iran to hold any kind of symbolic position as a global guardian of women’s rights sends the worst possible message as to how the United Nations feels about the rights of oppressed women in Iran,” he added.

On the day the U.N. made the announcement, Iran sentenced Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, to an extra 10 years in jail on top of the five-year term she is already serving for defending protesters against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory hijab laws.

In a press release Thursday, a group of U.N. experts - including Ivana RadačIć, the chair of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice – sharply condemned the verdict.

Read more in The Tower.



For First Time U.S. Refers to Golan Heights as "Under Israeli Control"

The United States referred to the Golan Heights as an area "under Israeli control," instead of "occupied territory," for the first time in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday by the State Department, Axios reported.

Israel captured most of the Golan Heights from Syria during the June 1967 Six Day War. While the Jewish State ceded a portion of the land as part of a separation of forces agreement with Syria following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel has retained roughly two-thirds of the Heights. Foreign governments, including the U.S., to this date do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territory.

The change in language came amid intensified efforts by Israel to win U.S. recognition of its claim of sovereignty over the mountainous plateau in the northeast of the country. Israel sees the Golan Heights as an important strategic asset in the defense of its northern borders. The territory forms a critical buffer zone of about 450 square miles between Israel and Syria.

Recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has support of both parties in Washington.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) visited the Golan Heights on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and vowed to “start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu later praised Graham in a statement to Israeli journalists, saying, “I was very happy to hear him say those words. I think this is a very important direction, and very, very promising to our national security.”

In January, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the U.S. should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Earlier, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) had sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, calling for the official recognition. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is also supporting the move.

Read more in The Tower.



Technion Designs Ride-Sharing App to Increase Mobility of Israeli-Arab Women

One of the most significant barriers to integration of Arab-Israeli women into the job market, as well as greater involvement in the public arena, is transportation. Bus service from Arab villages in the north of Israel is sporadic at best.

Catching a ride with a stranger is also a non-starter. A survey conducted by researchers at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with 117 women from 10 communities in the northern part of the country found that most participants said that, for personal security concerns, they would only feel comfortable traveling with drivers with whom they are familiar.

To address both these concerns, the Technion’s Transportation Research Institute and Kayan, a feminist nonprofit organization, have developed Safarcon (Arabic for “your travels”), a new ridesharing application built specifically for women in the Arab-Israeli sector. Safarcon has the support of the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Transportation.

The Arabic-language Safarcon is free to users; it connects drivers with passengers who need to reach the same destination.

Ninety-eight percent of women in Israel’s Arab villages have access to a smartphone, the researchers point outed, and 73 percent have a driver’s license.

“While the app is also available for men, its main goal is to increase transport mobility among women,” emphasized Prof. Yoram Shiftan of the Technion, who led the development.

The app’s team included Dr. Robert Ishaq and Ebtihal Shety at the Technion’s Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Rafah Anabtawi and Mona Mahajneh of Kayan.

“The problem of accessibility to public transportation is considered one of the most significant barriers that women face,” Anabtawi said. “This application, which was designed according to the needs of Arab women, [takes] into account gender and cultural sensitivity [and] may provide a solution, if only partial, to the inter-locality and inter-city mobility limitations.”

(via Israel21c )


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