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Palestinian Authority Activists Sue for Billions from Sheldon Adelson, Pastor John Hagee, Ahava and More

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

A group of Palestinian Authority activists hope to win billions from United States supporters of post-1967 development in Judea and Samaria.

They’re suing Jewish and Christian business tycoons, religious groups and companies involved in Israeli communities developed after the Six-Day War, and hoping to reap $34.5 billion.

The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of Washington D.C. this week by PA activist Bassem Tamimi and 35 others, according to Qatar-based Al Jazeera.

Unsurprisingly, the Arab network did not name the other plaintiffs in the suit, nor did it reveal details about the charges leveled against the defendants.

The trial is not expected to start until at least five years from now – if at all.

Named in the lawsuit are: Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson Real estate tycoon Irving Moskowitz World-renowned Pastor John Hagee Christian Friends of Israeli Communities Dead Sea cosmetics firm Ahava Industrial mega business Israel Chemicals Ltd

All of the above have allegedly had some type of involvement in communities located on territory claimed by the Palestinian Authority to be land the entity wishes to take for its hoped-for independent future state.

Hana Levi Julian

Foreign Ministry Slams Video Showing EU Ambassador to Israel as Hannibal the Cannibal

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The Israeli government is very displeased with a video produced by the Jerusalem’s Periphery Forum depicting the European Union Ambassador to Israel as a killer cannibal.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold condemned the use of a cannibal mask on the image of a diplomat as being disrespectful.

European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen was depicted as Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer featured in The Silence of the Lambs.

The group posted the film clip to its Facebook page on Sunday night.

On the video, the narrator says: “He’s the man that stands behind the illegal building around Route 1. He is creating facts on the ground so that there can be contiguous territory for a terrorist state in the future.

“It would be unthinkable for Israeli ambassadors in Europe to create outposts for the refugees. In that same way we can’t let Andersen challenge us by acting in a way that endangers all of us. We’ll have to restrain Andersen.”

The outposts referred to in the video are the illegally-built structures built by Arabs – many funded by the European Union – that keep popping up among the Judean Hills along Route 1 as it descends to the Dead Sea from Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Arad Mayor, Chabad Rabbi Invite Tourism to Israel’s Sunny South

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Two completely different people, albeit both “Aradniks,” both turned up at the International Tourism Expo in Tel Aviv last week.

Arad Mayor Nisan Ben Hamo personally led a team at the Arad booth in promoting his city as an attractive tourist destination with “magic in the air,” as the city slogan says. Arad has long been renowned for its excellent air quality; it’s the place where doctors in Israel have always sent children and adults with asthma and other breathing difficulties.

The city is located on a ridge overlooking the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea at approximately the same elevation as Jerusalem, so its air is crisp, but dry with a Negev breeze. Because it is farther south, however, the temperature is warmer. Tourists often have to be reminded to drink due to the breeze and the dry heat, which does not register as much.

Also at the Expo were Dead Sea Chabad emissary Rabbi Shimon Elharar and Associate emissary Rabbi Tzachi Francis, promoting their project, the Masada Experience.

For several years Elharar has performed Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies atop the windswept fortress of Masada. Francis – who has also been a professional actor – also participates as “The Ancient Rabbi of Masada” for the young honoree and family.

“It’s amazing that the mayor would be so dedicated that he would come to an expo to answer questions and advocate for his city,” Elharar told JewishPress.com. “I was impressed. He came to our booth and it really added to our traffic!

“People came by to make a “l’chaim” with Mayor Ben Hamo in honor of Rosh Hodesh Adar (the first day of the Hebrew month of Adar) – it really created a festive atmosphere, and set the stage for the upcoming holiday of Purim,” he said.

More than 25,000 people turned out for the Expo, held Feb. 9-10.

Hana Levi Julian

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Hana Levi Julian

Ministers Aim To Reduce Vacation Costs In Israel

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon presented a national plan earlier on Wednesday, November 11 that aims to reduce vacationing costs in Israel.

“We are jointly presenting today a broad national program that, for the first time, deals with the core issues of tourism and creates a historical procedure which, according to professional sources, will reduce the cost of vacationing in Israel by about 20% over five years,” explained Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “This is a step that will be felt in the pocket of each and everyone of us.”

As part of the plan introduced by Ministers Levin and Kahlon, approximately 15,000 hotel rooms will be built over the next five years and 27,000 hotel rooms over the next ten years. The increase in the number of hotel rooms is meant to increase competition, helping to reduce vacation costs by about twenty percent.

Additionally, hotels will be considered “national infrastructure,” allowing for the approval process of hotel construction by the National Infrastructure Committee, to be much more fluid and quick.

In particular, the plan seeks to make an easier business environment for entrepreneurs in the hotel industry. “The program will ensure that entrepreneurs will not be forced to go through the bureaucratic ordeals, and the construction of a hotel in Israel will no longer be a dream,” Levin said.

The plan also attempts to minimize risk for entrepreneurs. Independent local committees for example, will be able to approve up to 20% of hotel rights for residential purposes, helping to reduce risk assumed by entrepreneurs in a hotel project.

“We are providing an answer and a solution to entrepreneurs and investors from Israel and overseas that, until now, have been prevented from investing in hotels in Israel, and we are reducing the economic risk inherent in investment,” explained Levin pointing to the potential benefits for entrepreneurs.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Chairman of the Kulanu Party echoed Minister Levin’s remarks. “Strengthening the tourism sector in these times in particular is in the national interest,” said Kahlon.

“Shortening the procedures for planning and construction in the industry joins the other initiatives in the housing market that we are leading, by removing the obstacles and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy,” continued Kahlon. “We will continue to work to increase competition, reduce the cost of living and ease the lives of citizens in all spheres of life.”

Bureaucratic hurdles and a shortfall of hotel rooms pushed Ministers Levin and Kahlon to initiate reforms in the hotel industry. Despite the construction of approximately 3,000 new hotel rooms in Israel over the last decade, the cost for overnight hotel accommodations increased by about 70% over the same time period.

The national plan aims to match supply with increasing demand and is scheduled to be presented for government approval on Sunday, November 15.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Salt Maker to Push Sodium Reduction at Paris Food Ingredient Fare

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

JNi.media) Israeli manufacturer Salt of the Earth, a global industry leader in salt and salt-related products, launches Umamix, its new sodium reduction ingredient for hamburgers and processed meat at Fi Europe, Paris, December 1-3.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds on to water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It accounts for two-thirds of all strokes and half of heart disease.

Salt is widely used in meat processing as a flavor enhancer as well as a functional ingredient. Hamburgers or meatballs typically contain 1.2-2% salt. But according to the latest lab tests results, Umamix can help decrease sodium by 45% in hamburgers and meatballs, and by 33% in frankfurter sausages, without affecting the taste of the final product. It is heat stable, pH stable, kosher, halal and has no artificial ingredients.

“Consumers are concerned more than ever about sodium content in their foods, but refuse to compromise on taste-and, of course, they also demand a clean label,” says Revital Ben Shachar, Marketing Manager for Salt of the Earth. “Our sodium reduction ingredient is designed to address these needs and keep the consumer-craved salty, savory flavor. This highly cost-effective ingredient thus allows processors to meet all consumer demand targets.”

Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients 2015 is a global food & natural ingredients exhibition, that attracted 1,300 exhibitors and some 23,000 visitors in 2013. The event is held bi-annually in different cities throughout Europe, and alternates with “HIE – Health Ingredients Europe.”

Salt of the Earth has been producing sustainable sea salt solutions for the global food industry since 1922, with customers in more than 30 countries on five continents.

Look for them at Fi Europe, booth #6N105.

JNi.Media

Kuseifa Arab Questioned for Incitement on Facebook

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

An Arab resident of the Bedouin town of Kuseifa was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of incitement to violence.

Kuseifa is a 10-minute drive west of the Negev city of Arad along Highway 31, just past the ancient Biblical city of Arad, where tourists can view the archaeological excavation of Tel Arad.

The 20-year-old, an employee at a factory at the Dead Sea in southern Israel, was taken into custody by police in the area, according to the Walla! website.

“The intifada has started, and I am sure that afterwards there will not be one Jewish pig here,” the worker reportedly wrote on his Facebook page.

He was taken for questioning by police to the precinct in Arad.

Kuseifa is comprised of Bedouin and Palestinian Arabs who have intermarried together, most of whom originate from the Hebron area.

Jewish Press Staff

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