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The Daily TIP: In Wake of Rocket Attack on Beersheba, Israel Says It Will "Act Forcefully" against Hamas

Posted by Tip Staff - October 17, 2018

In Wake of Rocket Attack on Beersheba, Israel Says It Will "Act Forcefully" against Hamas
How Mahmoud Abbas Distorted History and Made Peace Less Likely at the United Nations
Jewish Woman Assaulted While Protesting Labour Party Anti-Semitism
Israeli Techology Wins Global Climate Action Award

In Wake of Rocket Attack on Beersheba, Israel Says It Will "Act Forcefully" against Hamas

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that Israel would "act forcefully" to a rocket attack from Gaza that severely damaged a house in Beersheba, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

A rocket launched from Gaza, which is dominated politically and militarily by the terrorist group Hamas, struck a house in Beersheba at 4 in the morning Wednesday. According to news reports, a mother who was awakened by sirens woke her children and brought them to a bomb shelter before the rocket hit. A second rocket from Gaza landed in the Gush Dan area, near Tel Aviv. There was no reported damage from the second strike.In response to the rocket, the IDF carried out attacks on 20 sites associated with Hamas and other terror groups based in Gaza.

Hamas, and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is the second largest terrorist group in Gaza, said that they were not responsible for the rocket attack, calling the attack "irresponsible" for upsetting negotiations being conducted by Egypt.

“Israel views with utmost gravity the attacks against it on the fence, on the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, on Beersheba — everywhere. I said at the start of the cabinet meeting this week that if the attacks don’t end, we’ll end them,” Netanyahu said from the IDF's Gaza Division Headquarters.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who is a member of the security cabinet, told Israel Radio, "We must aggressively respond with force to the rocket strike on Beersheba, but there is a difference between that and being drawn into a full campaign in Gaza."

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan said that Israel could place an Iron Dome battery near Beersheba as early as Wednesday evening.

How Mahmoud Abbas Distorted History and Made Peace Less Likely at the United Nations

“We will maintain peace and we will arrive at our independent state through peace because God is with us, our issue is just, our people sacrificed a lot and you all are supporters of peace,” said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last month at the United Nations General Assembly. These are superficially nice words from a man who promised in July to “never stop” paying terrorists and their families. However, one doesn’t even have to go outside the text of his UNGA speech to see why the words are a sham.

For instance, Abbas called Israel a “colonial occupation,” revealing much about his ideology. Using such terminology to describe Israel denies facts and history. Jews are indigenous to the land of Israel, and the Jewish connection to the land dates back thousands of years.

He also said that, “Israeli settlers and even the Israeli army trample daily on the holiness of holy sites including the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.” The mosque to which he refers, of course, is located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, which he doesn’t acknowledge. When Jews visit it, according to Abbas, they are apparently “trampling” their own sacred site.

One part of his speech, however, stood out, even among the many distortions and falsehoods. Abbas insisted that all of what he referred to as “East Jerusalem” become his capital, and that without it – all of it – there would be no peace.

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Jewish Woman Assaulted While Protesting Labour Party Anti-Semitism

A Jewish woman was attacked outside a pro-Jeremy Corbyn event in north London on Tuesday night, where she demonstrated against the Labour Party’s handling of its anti-Semitism problem, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The victim, identified as pro-Israel activist Sharon Klaff, sustained minor injuries to the head, when she was kicked in the face by two female attackers.

“70-year-old Jewish lady had her phone stolen and beaten by two girls, I was threatened and told I would be ‘dealt with’,” Cliff Dixon, an eyewitness, wrote on Twitter. “When myself and some others tried to stop the second girl attacking her, we were shoved away by security including a particularly vile man in a grey sweatshirt who accused me of being far right and said he would ‘deal with me’ later as he knows who I am,” he added.

Klaff took part in a protest outside a “Corbyn Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine” gathering in Islington, one part in a series of events organized by Corbyn supporters to defend the Labour leader against charges of anti-Semitism. The event featured speakers from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition and Jewish Voice for Labour.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police confirmed that officers were called to the scene and are looking into the matter. “Enquiries continue and officers from the Central North Command Unit are investigating,” they said in a statement.

Jewish community leaders and officials from across the political spectrum have accused Corbyn, who called Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends,” of not doing enough to tackle the increase of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the Labour Party.

Israeli Techology Wins Global Climate Action Award

Paulee CleanTec of Tel Aviv has announced that its affiliate company Epic CleanTec of California won the grand prize in the Climate Innovation Showcase at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

The Epic system uses Paulee’s proprietary technology to separate out all the solid waste generated by occupants of a high-rise building and convert it into dry, odorless, sterile, organic fertilizer for landscaping. The system also redirects the building’s used water to toilets, irrigation and cooling towers.

After two days of pitching to dignitaries including California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross, a panel of investors chose Epic CleanTec to receive the $5,000 prize. CEO Aaron Tartakovsky will be featured in a forthcoming article in Inc. magazine.

Paulee CleanTec CEO and Epic CleanTec cofounder Ilan Levy tells ISRAEL21c that the Global Climate Action Summit, a follow-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, revealed the revolutionary technology to some 4,000 world leaders, executives, investors and activists.

“They acknowledged Epic CleanTec technology as one of the most promising vehicles that will promote the significant reduction of the urban carbon footprint. Paulee and its affiliate companies are on the path of providing the tools for that reduction,” says Levy.

Founded in 2014 in partnership with San Francisco-based CB Engineers, Epic CleanTec was recognized by the Obama administration as one of 10 US water industry innovations selected to present at the technology showcase of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Water Summit in 2016.

Paulee CleanTec founder and chairman Oded Halperin, also cofounder of Epic, tells ISRAEL21c that the affiliate company “will soon share developments concerning our activities in Brazil and Asia.”

(via Israel21c)

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