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July 29, 2016 / 23 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Beit Shean’

Israel Exports 500 Million Predatory Insects, Bumblebees, to Russia

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Israel has sent Russia 500 million predatory insects as part of its assistance in developing an independent Russian agriculture.

Following the European boycott on Russian produce as a result of the Russian invasion of Crimea, Russian agriculture was abruptly cut off from its traditional economic base, and so the state is investing great efforts in developing and sustaining the local agriculture — which is where Israel’s superior agricultural know-how comes into the picture. Israeli companies are now working to construct hothouses for Russian farmers, and consult them on utilizing innovative methods, including using natural, non-toxic methods to get rid of pests.

BioBee Biological Systems, in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, just south of Beit She’an in northern Israel, is a unique company which breeds and implements beneficial insects and mites (swirskii, phytoseiulus persimilis) for agricultural purposes. These have proven priceless in pest control in tomatoes, cucumbers and roses.

BioBee also sent Russian farmers its home-grown bumblebees for pollination, without which there is no horticulture.

Part of the collaboration involves experiments being carried out by BioBee in using bumblebees to pollinate cherry orchards in Crimea. The company expects that should the trials prove a success this would open new markets for Israel in pollinating cherry trees around the world.

Crop pollination by insects has been estimated at $14.6 billion to the US economy, for instance, but bee diversity has declined considerably in the US and Europe, with many species disappearing from much of their former range, and some species going extinct. The UK alone has lost three species of native bumblebee, and six more are listed as endangered. Four bumblebee species have gone extinct from Europe, and similar declines are seen in China.

Chinese agricultural publications have described falling and increasingly unpredictable yields of insect-pollinated crops, particularly in the areas with the most intensive farming. Where crops are grown in vast fields, there are not enough insects to go around. And where insecticides are sprayed frequently, those vital little pollinators cannot survive.

Israeli innovation offers a viable solution to a major problem plaguing world agriculture, combining non-toxic pest control in a growing number of crops, with a complementary plan to revitalize the bumblebee hives around the world.

JNi.Media

Arab Teen Turns from Innocent Salesman to Terrorist at Checkpoint [video]

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Security guards at a checkpoint at in the northern Jordan Valley shot and killed a 16-year-old terrorist Saturday morning after he stopped selling snacks and charged at them with a knife.

The guards initially had ignored the teenager, who seemed to be just an innocent youngster trying to eke out a few shekels by hawking chocolate-covered marshmallows (Krembo) to motorists waiting in line at the checkpoint several miles south of Beit Shean in the Jordan Valley, east of Jenin.

As seen in the video below, the boy suddenly decided to turn himself into a terrorist and ran at the guards, who sprung into action. They shot and killed the “salesman.”

The Palestinian Authority’s version of the incident is that the boy “attempted to cross the checkpoint through one of the metal gates” even though the video, which WAFA did not post, clearly shows him rushing at the guards.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

ISIS Sign Displayed in Arab-Israel City East of Netanya

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

A Facebook photo on Sunday shows the Islamic State (ISIS) symbol displayed outside a building in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, headquarters of the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement.

The city, with a city of approximately 50,000 Arabs, is located several miles northeast of Hadera and southwest of Haifa and on the main highway connecting the Mediterranean Sea with Afula and Beit Shean.

No Jews live in Umm al-Fahm. When right-wing activists wanted to stage a rally there two years ago and in previous years, complete with Israel flags, their numbers were limited as a security measure, and they were escorted and protects by dozens of police.

Umm al-Fahm, which borders smaller Jewish communities and is located next to northern Samaria towns, is a hotbed of radical Islam.

Arabs are Israeli citizens but risk their lives if they say anything in favor of the country.

MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) posted last week a sermon by an Umm al-Fahm and shown on the Internet, supporting  ISIS and calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a “Jewish dog.”

Elsewhere in Israel Sunday, police continue to prohibit Jews from “inciting” Muslims by praying on the Temple Mount.

Below is video of a Jewish rally in Umm al-Fah, with explanations of Iran’s PRESS TV, which referred to the city as being “Palestinian” and located in the “occupied” territories.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Update: Armed Terrorist Shot by IDF at Jordan Valley Highway Checkpoint

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and critically wounded a Palestinian Authority terrorist who shot at them at a Jordan Valley checkpoint several miles south of Beit Shean Friday morning.

The soldiers, Reservists, were not injured. Sappers are checking to determine if the terrorist was carrying explosives.

The terrorist had stopped his car at the checkpoint, got out of the vehicle and then shot at the soldiers as he approached them.

Highway 90, the only north-south road that links the Dead Sea with Beit Shean through the Jordan Valley, has been closed in both directions.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Islamic Prisoners Try to Tunnel Out of Israeli Jail.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Israel’s Prison Services (IPS) caught a group of Islamic Jihad prisoners trying to escape from Shateh prison near Beit Shean, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

The jailed terrorists had dug a 4 meter long tunnel from one of the bathrooms into the prison yard. They had made fake ID cards and prison guard uniforms.

The prison guards found the tunnel by accident when they were searching for weapons, after they received reports of a planned kidnapping attack on the guards by the inmates.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Beit Shean On Alert

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

On Wednesday evening, there were reports of an attempted cross-border infiltration into Israel from Jordan. The attempt happened near Beit Shean.

Some security forces in the area are remaining on high alert. Police are saying everything is normal.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Missing US Tourist Found Dead in Israel

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The body of an American tourist missing since last week was discovered near Beit Shean.

A large-scale search was mounted over the weekend for the missing tourist.

Herman Kuehn, 80, of Platte County, Missouri, was separated from his group on May 26, while visiting the antiquities sites in Beit Shean, in north eastern Israel. His body was discovered Tuesday in an industrial zone north of the town.

There were no signs of violence or foul play on his body.

Kuehn and his wife, Mary, were in Israel for a tour through the St. Paul School of Theology; they are members of the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Kuehn had suffered a head injury several years ago and sometimes became confused, the family told Israeli media. On Monday the family released a statement thanking people who had been praying for the return of Herman Kuehn.

JTA

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