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EU Condemns Death Sentences in Gaza for Suspected Collaborators With Israel

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

The European Union released a statement earlier today in which it condemned the military courts in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip for sentencing to death five convicts accused of collaborating with Israel.

“The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the five death sentences issued by military courts in the Gaza Strip on 18 April,” said the EU statement. “These include three new death sentences and the confirmation of two previous ones, all on the grounds of collaboration with enemy forces.”

“This brings to ten the total number of death sentences to be issued in Gaza this year,” the EU added.

Death sentences for convicted informants and collaborators with Israel are nothing new for the Hamas regime as the terror organization has executed many such individuals over the years. However, the EU focused less on opposition to the punishment of suspected collaborators with Israel and more on the use of the death penalty in general.

“As in their most recent statement on 13 April, the EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the EU’s firm opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment,” the EU stressed in its statement.

“It considers capital punishment to be cruel and inhuman, that it fails to provide deterrence to criminal behavior, and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity,” the statement continued.

The EU expressed its belief that the removal of the death penalty would help to serve as a step forward in the advancement of human rights under the Hamas terror regime in Gaza.

The EU also asked that the Hamas authorities in Gaza abide by the decision of the Palestinian Authority, which only governs over Palestinian communities in Judea and Samaria and not in Gaza, to implement a moratorium on the death penalty.

“The authorities in Gaza must refrain from carrying out any executions of prisoners and comply with the moratorium on executions put in place by the Palestinian Authority, pending abolition of the death penalty in line with the global trend,” insisted the EU.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Death Rates from Most Cancers, Heart Disease, Among Lowest in OECD

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics last week released its report on Causes of Death in Israel in 2013, which includes a few positive notes about the state of health of Israelis.

The report’s highlights were:

Mortality rates from cardiovascular (heart) and cerebrovascular (brain) diseases have gone down by more than 80% since the mid-1970s.

The most common cause of death in Israel in 2013 was malignant neoplasms (cancer), followed by heart disease.

The Death rates from malignant neoplasms (cancer), ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular diseases in Israel are lower than in most Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

The mortality rate from trachea, bronchus and lung cancer, which is the most common cancer type in Israeli men, is very low relative to the OECD countries. However, the mortality rate from breast cancer, which is the most common type in Israeli women, is very high relative to the OECD.

Also, mortality rates from diabetes, infectious diseases and kidney diseases are very high in Israel compared with OECD countries.

In 2013, 41,479 residents died in Israel, half a percent of Israel’s population that year. 49.4% of the deceased were male, 50.6% female.

6% of the deceased were under age 45. 80% of the deceased were over age 65 (of which 65% were older than 75 and 36% – were over the age of 85).

1.3% of the deceased (539) were infants under one year old.

The ten most common causes of death led to 75% of all deaths in 2013. The two most common causes of death were malignant neoplasms (cancer) and heart disease — 41% of all deaths in Israel resulted from these two causes. As in all recent years, malignant neoplasms were the most common cause of death in 2013, making up about a quarter of all deaths.

External causes constituted one third of men’s deaths and one eighth of women’s. Of all the external causes of death, the biggest gender gap was in incidents of suicides, traffic accidents and murder. The adjusted mortality rate from suicide by age among men was four times higher than among women (6.8% vs. 1.7%, respectively). Death from road accidents was 3.8 higher among men than women (6.6% vs. 1.8%, respectively). The murder rate among men was 2.8 times higher than among women (2.3% versus 0.8%, respectively).

JNi.Media

Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) If you need an easy way to remember when and how to commemorate the Yahrzeit (memorial day for the departed) of a family member or friend, you may be interested in the first “Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial App” for the iPhone. The App will provide directions to the cemetery, or to the funeral chapel from your current location, using iPhone’s GPS features.

In addition, the app offers a “Prayers and Meditations” section that can be referenced for a parent, a sibling, child or a friend. For the visually impaired, there are audio recordings of various prayers as well as the transliteration of all prayers from Hebrew to English.

“Plaza Jewish Community Chapel through its creative app brings the traditional and contemporary worlds together to help families during a most difficult time,” says Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Plaza Board Member and an Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis.

App users also receive push notifications for the yearly Yahrzeit, for each Memorial they’ve created in the app, according to the Hebrew calendar. The app will calculate the correct date each year and send a push notification to the user’s iPhone. Traditionally, the Yahrzeit includes reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish Prayer, which can be found in the app, and lighting a Yahrzeit candle. It is also customary to make a charitable donation on the Yahrzeit, in memory of one’s family member or friend, and it can be done directly from the app.

For many, recognizing Yizkor is a very important time. It is a time to remember. Yizkor means “remembrance” in Hebrew and four times a year the app will send a Yizkor push notification. Reminders will arrive in time for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot.

The app is also a resource for Jewish Funeral customs and etiquette, as well as for links to websites that may be helpful. A variety of fresh content will be added to the app, (without the need to download a new version), serving as an ongoing blog, with new Prayers and Meditations, Jewish customs and etiquette.

Click here to download this free App om itunes.

JNi.Media

Israeli Citizen Killed in Thailand

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

An Israeli citizen has died in the Pattaya region of Thailand while traveling on Saturday to Bangkok. The circumstances are unknown at present.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, is in his 30s. His family is in touch with the Foreign Ministry while the Israel Consulate in Bangkok makes arrangements for transport of the body back to Israel.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Running Out of Burial Space, Jerusalem Will Bury You in a Cave

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

After building up above-ground, vertically stacked, hi-rise grave niches in Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery, Jerusalem is looking down, way down, and is planning to build a $50 million underground catacomb system for burying the dead underneath Har HaMenuchot.

Har HaMenuchot currently holds 150,000 bodies and is running out of room.

Phase 1 of the “subterranean city of the dead” as the Washington Post called it, will hold 22,000 bodies in underground crypts linked together on three floors by elevators, intersecting tunnels and air conditioning.

The cost is being footed by pre-sales to Jews overseas at a cost of between $5000 to $10,000. People are dying to get in.

Israelis get free burials – one of the perks of citizenship — though reserving a specific grave next to your loved one costs extra. There’s always a catch.

The digging of the catacombs is being done by a robot borer, as there’s too much dust in the digging process for a human.

It’s estimated the phase one’s 22,000 crypts will be filled within 7 years. After that, more digging.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Next Knesset to Consider Whether Israel Should Sentence Terrorists to Death [election]

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman vowed Tuesday morning that the first bill to be considered in the next Knesset will be one to debate whether or not to impose a death sentence on terrorists.

Liberman contended “we’re inviting more and more terrorism,” in an address at the INSS Conference in Tel Aviv.

“The fight against terrorism is the biggest challenge the world faces in the 21st century,” he said. “This is also Israel’s biggest challenge. But there’s a wide gap between that which Israel speaks to, and that which is actually carried out here,” Liberman continued.

“Releasing terrorists – including those who have committed the most horrendous of attacks, such as the lynching in Ramallah – is the worst possible message to send in the war against terror,” Liberman contended. “We have to show terrorists we are switching gears, that there are no more deals,” he said.

“What’s important is to already starting thinking about how to prevent the fifth round of fighting [in Gaza],” Liberman went on.

“Every military operation must end with a decisive victory, otherwise we’re eroding our capabilities and our deterrence,” he pointed out.

“Because we find ourselves in a military conflict against Hamas every two years Israel is unable to make long-term plans like a normal country – not on policy, and not on economic issues.” This is an untenable situation, Liberman asserted.

Hana Levi Julian

Head of Iran’s Top Clerical Body Dies

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

After lying in coma for months, 83-year-old Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani has died, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

The ailing ayatollah was the head of Iran’s top clerical body, the only entity which has the authority to elect and dismiss the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, whose position is higher than that of the country’s president.

Kani’s death leaves a gap at the top at a time in which the Supreme Leader himself is also in poor health. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei underwent prostate surgery last month but has remained frail ever since.

It is Khamenei who formulate’s Iran’s nuclear policy and he who makes all final decisions regarding any limits the country might accept on its future nuclear development.

He also wields a great deal of authority in deciding where and how to deploy the nation’s elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who are currently fighting alongside Syrian government forces defending President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran also generously patronizes the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization, as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist groups, both in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.

There have been only two Supreme Leaders in Iran since the country’s Islamic Revolution took place in 1979.

Hana Levi Julian

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