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January 24, 2017 / 26 Tevet, 5777

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Israel Hits All-Time Record for Incoming Tourism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Against the security background in the Middle East and despite the drop in incoming tourism in many countries in the region, Israel has registered a 3.6 percent increase in incoming tourism for 2016, with 2.9 million tourist entries.

Tourism Ministry officials say they’re not surprised by these statistics, however; they attribute the increase to a strategic shift in marketing and an increase in the marketing budget.

The marketing program adopted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and implemented under the direction of Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi focused on creating demand within Israel — domestic tourism — by building sub-brands suited to different target markets. This was supported by wide-ranging campaigns and including new foreign markets such as India and China, which have each registered major increases in incoming tourism.

The Tourism Ministry also promoted collaborations with the largest international online travel agents such as Expedia and TripAdvisor. In addition, the ministry worked with international airlines to expose them to the economic potential of opening routes to Israel and, among others, by giving incentives for every passenger flying into Ovda Airport near Eilat, and for opening new routes into Ben Gurion International Airport.

“This increase does not come from thin air,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “The increase in tourist entries to Israel is the result of significant budgets that were allocated for marketing and attractive campaigns, investment in new markets and the development of relevant sub-brands for different target markets.

“The strategic plans are adapted to fluctuations and changes in the tourism industry worldwide. I will continue to advance the activities of the ministry with strategic international partners so that the tourism market in Israel will continue to develop and flourish.”

With a budget of nearly half a billion shekels, the highest ever for tourism marketing, the focus was placed on campaigns in key markets with the highest numbers of incoming tourism and the largest potential for additional growth.

Those included the United States, Russia, Germany, France, England and others. Focus was also placed on investment in new and significant markets with high potential for increased tourism, particularly India and China, Levin said.

Israel won a prize from the Indian Travel & Leisure Magazine as the best destination for history and heritage, for example, and won the 2016 Best Destination in Chinese media awards.

Hana Levi Julian

Reports: Israel Attacked Syrian Airport Overnight [video]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Hezbollah affiliated Al Mayadeen on Wednesday morning reported an overnight bombardment by Israeli planes of the Mezzeh military airport south-west of the old center of Damascus, Syria. The bombardment was apparently carried out from Lebanese airspace.

According to Syrian media, “in the capital, Damascus, residents woke at about four o’clock in the morning to loud explosions and high pillars of fire and smoke inside the military Mezzeh airport near the capital, the result of what appeared to be the targeting by a missile of the Zionist military. The site experienced strong and intermittent explosions over half an hour, while fire trucks and ambulances were rushing to the scene.”

The statement added that “until this moment the Syrian military has not issued an official statement to explain what happened, but it is almost certain that what happened is the targeting by a Zionist missile of the Mezzeh military airport out of Lebanese airspace.”

Several Arab social media news sources insisted the explosions were the result of a fire in an ammunition armory on base, and not an Israeli attack.

 

JNi.Media

Arrests Made as Israel Burns

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A number of arrests have been made by security personnel as Israeli firefighters continued on Thursday to battle blazes raging across the center and north of the country, with communities in the south opening their doors to those who were forced to flee the flames.

“It’s likely that there is a nationalist motive in some of the arson cases,” Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters at a briefing in the northern city of Haifa on Thursday.

“We have a special integrated investigation team that is monitoring everything that is happening across the country,” he said. “I don’t want to get into questions regarding where [we suspect] arson and where we do not. If this is… arson, it could be nationalistically motivated. It’s certainly not just [simple] pyromania,” he emphasized. “And there have been arrests. But Alsheikh declined to share further details.

“There are some cases of arson, and lots of cases that are not arson,” he allowed, but revealed little else.

Four Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested so far on suspicion of having deliberately set the fires that continue to blaze across the Jerusalem Corridor.

Officials from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said in a statement they are investigating the possibility that some of the fires are actually terrorist attacks.

Earlier in the day, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement that up to half of the fires raging across the nation were, in fact, caused by arson. High winds and dry weather, he said, meant that a spark as small as a cigarette butt could ignite a blazing forest fire.

In Haifa, a state of emergency was declared. Some 60,000 people were evacuated from their homes, at least 100 were sent to city hospitals suffering from smoke inhalation. More than a dozen neighborhoods were evacuated, local trains stopped running and the local airport was shut down.

Fires near the Paz Bridge, Haifa Bay and the city stadium were reported, with high winds and dry conditions helping the flames to spread.

Some 350 firefighters and Home Front Command rescue personnel working with 115 fire trucks battled dozens of blazes across the port city.

Southern Israeli communities have again swung into action — as they did during prior wars — and are asking families on a pre-arranged list to take in those who were forced to flee their homes.

In the northern Negev city of Arad, the S. family told JewishPress.com, “We’ve really got no room, since we moved into a smaller house since that last time, but we might take in a couple. We’ll probably put the kids in the living room; they’re still pretty small.”

Hesder yeshiva students from the Ohr Yeshu’a Yeshiva in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood caught an Arab teen red-handed as he made kindling from cardboard boxes to start another fire, Rotter.net reported. The teen managed to escape, but the students were at least able to put out the fire.

Four road workers were arrested Wednesday in the mixed-population community of Nataf, near Jerusalem, for not properly extinguishing a fire they started in order to cook a meal. They were freed Thursday.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Arrest Brothers Who Harassed Jewish Family in Connecticut Airport

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Police arrested two brothers, residents of Prospect, CT, late Thursday night for shouting anti-Semitic slurs at and threatening a Jewish family at Bradley International Airport, the Hartford Courant reported. According to reports, the head of the family was wearing a yarmulke. The two brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Diorio, 27 and 29 respectively, face charges of intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and interfering with police. Both brothers had to post $10,000 bail and will be arraigned Nov. 9 at Superior Court in Enfield.

According to the Courant, airport State police were notified shortly after midnight Thursday about two men who were shouting slurs at and threatening the family, who kept away but took ample photos of the brothers, their car and their car license plate. State police later arrested the brothers in their Prospect home.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday strongly condemned the “verbal assault of a visibly identifiable Jewish traveler at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT,” and applauded the Connecticut State Police for their “swift and appropriate response.”

“We have seen a recent spike in anti-Semitism around the state and country, and this act apparently fueled by bias is an unfortunate reminder that we have significant work still to do to combat anti-Semitism,” said ADL Connecticut Regional Director Steve Ginsburg. “When a victim is chosen because of his or her religion, the impact resonates beyond just the person targeted it can leave the entire community feeling vulnerable. This lack of civility, respect and kindness ignore our country’s shared value of religious diversity. We applaud the Connecticut State Police for their swift action and investigation.”

JNi.Media

Kurds Shoot Rockets at Turkish Airport, Kill 11 Police in Truck Bomb Attack

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Turkish authorities blame the Kurdish PKK of shooting rockets at a civilian airport in Diyarbakir in southwestern Turkey Saturday night, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, Dogan news agency reported. There were no casualties. According to Dogan, four rockets were shot at a police checkpoint outside the airport’s VIP lounge just before midnight. According to Turkish TV, the rockets did not hit their target but landed instead in an open field nearby. Diyarbakir governor Huseyin Aksoy told the TV news channel there was no disruption in the flights schedule.

The PKK has been fighting the Turkish government since 1984, and is considered a terrorist organization by the US and the EU.

On Friday morning, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reported that 11 police officers were killed and 78 wounded, including three civilians, in a truck-bomb attack in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.

According to Dogan, the attack took place at a police check point outside a riot police station in the Konak neighborhood on the Cizre-Şırnak highway. After some shooting, the bomb on the truck was detonated, destroying the riot police building.

Speaking at a press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov in Istanbul, Yildirim vowed to overcome all attacks against his country, saying, “No terrorist group could hold Turkey captive,” and “the brotherhood will not be damaged.”

“Let our nation know that we have opened a total war against these terrorist groups,” Yildirim announced, then quoted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founding father of modern Turkey, who paraphrased on Patrick Henry when he declared, “Give me independence or give me death.” Yildirim added that “these vile people” would get their just deserts.

David Israel

JFK Terminal Evacuated After Gunshot Reports [video]

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Source: Courtesy Albert Salas (via NY Post)

Police evacuated New York’s JFK airport’s Terminal 8 on Sunday night, after multiple reports came in of shots fired inside the terminal. There were also reports of shots heard in Terminal 1.

The first call came in at 9:30 PM (NY Time), and a second call came in at 10:15 PM.

Following searches and an investigation, the Port Authority and the Police say there is no indication that any shots were fired inside the airport.

By 11:30 PM (NY Time), police began reopening the terminal.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Delta Malfunction Drama Still Paralyzing Passengers Worldwide

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A malfunctioning power control module at the Delta Airlines technology center in Atlanta has destroyed the travel plans of tens of thousands of people around the world — and it’s still happening.

The module went offline for just six hours starting at 2:30 am on Monday, but more than 1,600 flights have been cancelled since then.

Delta’s global computer system shut down, stranding thousands of passengers in various cities around the world and sending inaccurate information to the few airport screens that were still lit. No boarding passes would print, so agents were writing them out by hand in the few airports where Delta personnel tried to continue operations. Many of the travelers who were left hanging — and more — continue to be stranded 48 hours later.

Backup systems that were supposed to provide a safety net in exactly such a situation failed to do so, and it’s not clear why.

Worse, more delays and cancellations are still expected, according to Delta officials, although the carrier hopes to resume regular operations by Wednesday afternoon.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a second video posted to the airline’s website Tuesday that by Monday, the airline had already cancelled 800 flights; triple the number of Delta cancellations in all of 2015.

“This isn’t the qualify of service, the reliability that you’ve come to expect from Delta Air Lines,” Bastian said. “We’re very sorry, I’m personally very sorry.”

Hana Levi Julian

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