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Israel To Double Water Supply For Gaza Despite Hamas Threats

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

(JNS.org) Israeli officials say they are doubling the amount of water the Jewish state provides to the Gaza Strip, despite ongoing threats from the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) chief Major General Yoav Mordechai said that Israel would increase water supplies from 1.3 to 2.6 billion gallons to help ease the ongoing water crisis in Gaza.

A recent report by the Israeli non-governmental organization B’Tselem said that more than 90 percent of Gaza’s water is un-potable due to decades of over-pumping of Gaza’s coastal aquifer, the territory’s main water source, leading to contamination from seawater and saline groundwater as well as a lack of wastewater treatment.

Mordechai added that he hopes Hamas “would not steal water from civilians as they steal construction materials intended for the reconstruction of houses,” the Associated Press reported.

The news concerning Gaza’s water supply comes after a recent false report repeated by several news outlets, including Al-Jazeera and Agence France Presse (AFP), that Israel purposely opened dams in southern Israel and flooded parts of Gaza. No such dams exist in southern Israel. Al-Jazeera later retracted and apologized for the false reporting.

Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups such as Islamic Jihad regularly use building materials sent from Israel, such as concrete, for the construction of tunnels used to launch attacks inside of Israel.

Will Gaza ‘Go Better With Coke’?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The prospect of a future with 3,000 new jobs and the sparkling fizzle of sweet chocolate-colored liquid might finally tame the Gazans.

At least, one can always hope.

Coca Cola was given a green light to build a new factory in the Karni industrial area, thanks to the courage of a Palestinian Authority Arab entrepreneur and Israel’s willingness to risk it.

Although “dual use” materials have in the past been stolen by Hamas in order to be used for construction of terrorist tunnels, this time it is hoped supplies will be more closely controlled.

In order to build the factory, its franchise owner and operator had to first submit his request to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

Mordechai then made his recommendation to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who gave final approval for the construction, which is expected to take only six months.

The initiative will ultimately bring up to 3,000 new jobs to Gaza for residents of the enclave.

It will also make things easier for local merchants who until this point have imported their Coca Cola from Ramallah.

Although the Karni crossing is now closed, its industrial area is being used as a storage site by PA Arab merchants and international organizations.

IDF Officer’s Role Was to Ensure Protection of Gazan Civilians [video]

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Despite the anger of some who believe the IDF expends too many resources on protecting the civilian population of Gaza, it is still a kiddish haShem to see how dedicated the Israeli Defense Force is to caring about and for the lives of the noncombatants.

Much greater care is taken by the IDF to protect Palestinian Arab civilians during the conflict than was taken by the Hamas leadership and Hamas fighters to protect their own.

Of course, only Israel is investigated for possible war crimes and humanitarian violations. Perhaps those who complain about Israel’s actions would like to produce a video of the many Hamas fighters who are tasked with the job of ensuring the protection of Israeli civilians and structures. Good luck finding that.

Watch the story of just one Israeli soldier, whose job it was to ensure the greatest safety possible for Gazan civilians during Operation Protective Edge.

Another Synagogue, Mikvah Destruction Ahead in Judea-Samaria

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Settlers in Judea, Samaria and the Binyamin region are getting ready for government forces intent on more demolitions. This time a synagogue and mikvah are among the targets.

Leaders of the Residents’ Council of Judea and Samaria (Yesha Council) have been negotiating for six months with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and other officials over the looming destruction. The problem stems from a High Court of Justice order forcing the state to demolish 28 buildings said not to be constructed according to code or built “on private Palestinian land.”

Similar orders are rarely issued, let alone carried out against the thousands of illegally-constructed Bedouin and Arab structures dotting the Israeli landscape within the 1949 Armstice lines (known as the “pre-1967 lines,) let alone the hundreds of thousands carpeting the hillsides in those in the disputed territory of Area C.

All but three of the targeted Jewish structures have since been rebuilt to meet the demands of the state.

But authorities have been ordered to demolish those last three that have yet to meet the regulations. They include a synagogue and a mikvah and are to be destroyed by May 18, this Friday, Ynet reported Wednesday. Since the IDF allegedly does not carry out expulsions on Shabbat, it is expected the evictions will begin on Thursday.

It is expected that orders declaring the surrounding area a “closed military zone” will be issued within the next 24-48 hours in order to prevent interference from protesters.

Hundreds of IDF soldiers, Border Guard personnel and police officers are preparing for the operation along with the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT). Generally roadblocks leading into the affected areas are placed to prevent others from coming to the aid of those being evicted.

Israel Hospitals Took Care of Nearly 220,000 PA Arabs in 2012

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A report published by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT) shows a 10 percent increase in the number of Palestinian Authority Arabs who received treatment in Israeli hospitals in 2012.

The total number of 219,464 patients, 21,270 of them children, includes the companions accompanying the patients in Israel.

The numbers represent  a dramatic increase in the number of PA Arabs who receive treatment by Israelis medical professionals, compared with 197,713 patients in Israeli hospitals in 2011 and only 144,838 in 2008.

COGAT, a military unit which is responsible for implementing the Israeli Government’s policy in Judea and Samaria, stated, “The Civil Administration, through its health department (HDCA), works closely with the Palestinian Ministry of Health to support the medical needs of the Palestinian population throughout Judea and Samaria.” The HDCA manages all issues relating to Israeli-Palestinian healthcare coordination, primarily the transfer of Palestinian patients to hospitals in Israel.

The HDCA further works to enable professional medical training for Palestinian Authority Arabs by Israel through the encouragement of medical conferences and the training of Palestinian medical staff in Israeli hospitals. Training sessions take place several times a year, initiated by both the HDCA and the Palestinian Authority.

In 2012, the Civil Administration paid $560,000 to send PA Arab doctors, nurses, and paramedics for training in Israel. The Civil Administration has also set aside a budget to finance critical medical procedures for patients who are not covered by Palestinian or UNRWA health insurance and are not able to pay privately.

Tazpit’s Anav Silverman reported last year that Suhila Abd el-Salam, the sister of Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, accompanied her husband for treatment in Israel. Her husband was admitted to Bellinson Hospital, in Petach Tikvah, for immediate medical treatment following a serious heart condition.

Haniyeh’s sister and her husband requested permission to travel to Israel to receive the necessary medical treatment because Gaza hospitals could not properly treat the condition.

This was not the only time that a Gaza resident was treated in Israel. This past March, a 15-year-old boy in Gaza was transported to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot after suffering from severe burns and shrapnel injuries from an alleged rocket launching pad that was set up in Jabalya, a neighborhood in northern Gaza.

The Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Hanni Abadin, paid an unprecedented visit to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem at the beginning of this past May.

Dr. Yuval Weiss, director of the hospital, reported that at any given moment there are some 60 Palestinian Authority medical personnel in training at the hospital. Dr. Abadin thanked Hadassah for the opportunity to visit and for its services, visited Arab children hospitalized at Hadassah and gave them gifts.

The Civil Administration Health Department declared that it will continue in 2013 to cooperate closely with their PA counterparts and international organizations in Judea and Samaria to advance healthcare for the benefit of all residents in the region.

Israel, PA Coordinating Fuel Transfer to the Gaza Strip

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Israel has allowed a special transfer of fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, in order to accommodate the dire needs Palestinian civilians, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s office. Altogether, 10 tankers will move 112,500 gallons of diesel and gasoline to a power plant in Gaza.

The fuel transfer will be carried out as quickly as possible—to avoid sabotage efforts by local terrorist gangs—by the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA), in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, the Southern GOC, the Land Crossing Authority and the Dor Energy Company.

The power plant in Gaza which will be receiving the fuel provides one third of Gaza’s power supply.

Earlier this month—for the first time since the terrorist organization Hamas first overtook the Gaza Strip in 2007—the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) approved the export of two trucks loaded with dates from the Gaza Strip to Judea and Samaria.

And a ago COGAT facilitated the export of Gaza Strip tomatoes for the first time since 2007. 30 tons of produce were exported to markets in Jordan via the Allenby Bridge.

COGAT will continue its work with the Erez District Coordination Liaison to enable a gradual export from the Gaza Strip to markets abroad.

Those Sneaky Zionists

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Dateline – Israel. 9:15 PM

This post was updated and corrected at 11:45PM from the original version following the release of additional information from the COGAT office.

A 15 year old Palestinian teenager from Gaza has been transported to Israel for emergency medical treatment in the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The Arab teenager was seriously injured while preparing to launch a Palestinian Qassam rocket at Israeli civilians in Southern Israel, when the rocket suddenly malfunctioned and exploded. COGAT indicates that a second boy was killed in the attempted attack, and that the Palestinians tried to blame Israel for his death.

The explosion took place in Jabalya in Gaza.


Photo Illustration: Palestinians in Gaza prepare to shoot Qassam rockets at Israeli civilians in southern Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/those-sneaky-zionists/2012/03/13/

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