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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

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European Playgrounds to Use Israeli Foam Surfaces to Protect Kids

Monday, December 28th, 2015

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Ashdod (TPS) – An Israeli company has been authorized to export plastic foam safety surfaces for childrens’ playgrounds to countries in the European Union. Hundreds of thousands of surplus foam packagings, originally used to protect new products from damage during their delivery, will thus be transformed into safety surfaces for children’s playgrounds in Europe.

The surfaces, called ‘Shockpads,’ are produced by the Israeli company Pashut Yarok (“Simply Green” in Hebrew), and installed under synthetic grass. This way if a child falls from a playground apparatus, the spongy layer will absorb the shock, potentially saving the child’s life.

“We hope to be closing deals with European facilities in the near future,” said Guy Saar, CEO of Pashut Yarok to Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“The export of the ‘Shockpad’ holds great economic potential,” he added. “The EU countries invest a huge amount of resources to protect children in playgrounds. The combination of safety with recycling and protecting the environment, is very important to European decision makers.”

The plastic foam used to make the surfaces is considered an ecological nuisance all over the world, since recycling the material is too costly. It is estimated that in Israel alone, more than one thousand cubic meters of packaging are discarded every month. Using a special and unique process developed by “Pashut Yarok”, this surplus packaging can now be economically recycled.

The surfaces have already been successfully installed over the past year in parks, kindergartens and schools all over Israel. Now, the product has received a green light to be exported to Europe following examinations by Labosport, a lab authorized to approve safety surfaces in Europe.

There are two different ‘Shockpad’ surfaces, one made of 20mm-thick layers and the other from 25mm-thick layers. The lab examinations confirmed that the surface reduces the force of the impact, and can continuously cushion repeated falls.

“We were approved to export to all countries in the EU, but we are specifically aiming at economically strong countries like Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands, in which we have more options to enter the market,” concluded Saar to TPS.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Berlin’s Newest Kosher Supermarket Ignores EU Anti-Israel Orders

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Germany’s answer to the European Union’s order to label “Green Line” goods was to allow the nation’s biggest kosher supermarket, Daily Markt, to open in Berlin.

In the heart of the nation where Jews once feared to tread, one can shop “blue-and-white” – and find quite a few products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

The initiative comes as a joint effort by German business owner Asan Mytev – who is not Jewish – along with several Jewish entrepreneurs and the assistance of Berlin Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal.

Located in the Chartlottenburg district, the store stocks only kosher items – a boon for those who until now have had to really search for such products.

“We will not be deterred by the security situation,” said Evgeny Bort, co-partner and store manager. “It doesn’t scare us and we don’t linger on it or pay attention to it. We cannot let terrorism stop us and interfere with our lives.”

Rabbi Teichtal likewise noted, “Although in the past our people have faced very difficult times in Europe in general and in Germany in particular, the necessary arrangements for maintaining Jewish life were always made. Although the situation today is quite different, we are still facing security challenges – but they do not discourage us.

“The new supermarket is another addition to the current line of Jewish institutions in the Berlin community which together enable us to maintain a full Jewish life in the city. As observant Jews we see this not only as a duty but also as a privilege.”

Bort acknowledged that some customers were critical of the decision to stock Israeli items, but dismissed the feedback.

“We have many customers who respond negatively … We tell them that this is none of our concern and that we are here to assist all those who wish to shop for kosher products but find the task to be very difficult.”

Why would a non-Jew want to open such a store? Mytev explained, “Until now, anyone who wanted to buy kosher products was forced to visit several different stores in order to find them all… In fact, for all of those customers who wish to buy only kosher products, the seemingly simple task of grocery shopping is actually a very difficult one.

“The Daily Markt provides them with a solution to this problem, enabling them to buy all kinds of kosher products under one roof.”

Due to the size of the business, the partners say they can also afford to offer “decent prices” despite the cost of imports.

“We have decided to sell everything here and to import goods from all over the world – from Europe, the U.S. and also from Israel,” explained Bort.

Surprisingly, almost half of the store’s non-Jewish clientele shop there “because of our affordable prices, regardless of the kosher issue… Also a large number of our non-Jewish customers come here because of our ‘parve’ products, which are known to be lactose-free.

“Like in the United States, the local population in Germany is also starting to realize that kosher is a standard for high-quality and healthy products.”

Hana Levi Julian

Greece to Ignore EU’s Anti-Israel Labeling Rules

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Greek government has told Israel it will disregard European Union guidelines advising member states to re-label any good manufactured in communities past the 1949 Armistice Line, also known as the “Green Line.”

The guidelines, published earlier this month, advise that anything produced in Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.”

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Athens would oppose the guidelines one day after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Jerusalem, according to a report by The Times of Israel. There was no coverage of the government’s decision in any Greek media.

Hungary declared its intention to defy the EU guidelines earlier this month, almost as soon as the directive was issued.

But since 2003, there had already been a numerical code placed on Israeli imports by the EU, in order to differentiate between products made anywhere beyond the “Green Line” and those produced within “pre-1967″ Israel, according to The Guardian British newspaper.

In response to the EU’s labeling, Netanyahu announced Sunday at the opening of the weekly government cabinet meeting that Israel would end cooperation with the EU’s role in peacemaking with the Palestinian Authority.

Earlier in the month, Israel’s Ambassador to the EU, David Walzer explained, “This for us in Israel feels like we have been singled out for quasi-sanctions using economic tools for punishment.” The EU has not applied the same guidelines to products manufactured in territories “occupied” by several other nations, including Morocco.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry indicated meanwhile that although individual relations with various European nations would continue, there would be no dialogue with the EU “until the reassessment is completed.”

Nevertheless, a European Union spokesperson insisted the entity would “continue to work on the Middle East peace process” independently.

Past activities by the EU have included generous funding and unauthorized construction of illegal homes and other structures for Arab squatters in Area C territory that is supposed to be under Israel’s complete control, in accordance with the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

Given that history, the mammoth rate of Arab immigration to most European member states in the EU, and the overwhelmingly negative voting history of the entity when issues involving Israel are raised at forums such as the United Nations, one might question whether independent work by the EU is really possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Best Response to EU Product Labeling: Buy Labeled Products

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Zionist Foundation For Israel in collaboration with My Israel have issued a list you may want to print out and stick on you fridge, or re-post to your email and Facebook friends (and all your other friends and apps): All the settlements products some poor folks in Europe aren’t able to purchase because their local supermarket obeys the Brussels’ issued directives.

And if you are an enterprising individual, we highly recommend you start an online shop dedicated to EU labeled products.

The endeavor is titled “Europe Marks- Israel Buys,” but with a little bit of effort, Europe and the US, too, could start shopping Judea and Samaria.

EUROPE MARKS- ISRAEL BUYS

Food and Beverages

Abadi Bakery – Atarot Industrial park
Achiya Farm- excellent olive oil
Achva- Achdut Chalva and Candies- Barkan Industrial park
Adumim Fish- Adomin Industrial park
Alchoham- alchoholic bevreges- Barkan
Anis House of Nature, milk products- Itamar
Atlas Candies- Atarot
Barkan Candies- Barkan Industrial park
Better and Different, vegan foods- Adumim Industrial park
Etz HaSade Flour- Yitzhar
Gila’ad Spices- Elon Moreh
Givot Olam Goat Milk- Itamar
HaAretz Milk, goat milk products- Susya
HaGolan Brewery- Bazelet Beer
Harduf Eggs- Itamar Givot Olam
HaShomron Meats, Inc.- Karnei Shomron
Israeli Salts- Oz Salts, HaHaretz Salts production
Keshet Natural Drinks- Ramat HaGolan
Kfar Eggs, excellent foods- Barkan Industrial park
Lebell- bakery products- Gush Etzion
Louiza Tea- Elon Moreh
Maya- Adumim Industrial park
Meshek Tzuriel milk production- goat milk and goat milk yogurt
Michveret Negohot- excellent honey- Negohot
Netanel Spices- Barkan Industrial park
Nimrod Dairy Products- Nimrod
Openhimer Candies- Atarot Industrial park
Pomerantz Juices Inc., soft drinks- Mevo Horon
Ramat HaGolan Cheeses- Ani’am
Ramat HaGolan Milk Production, milk products- Katzrin Industrial park
Riko Empanadas, South American foods- Rimonim
Sakemach- Whole Weat- Jordan Valley
Sde Bar Foods- Nokdim
Shamir Salads- Barkan Industrial park
Sharp delicacies, sausages- Elon Moreh Industrial park
Shel Gal- pilsbury- Atarot Industrial park
Shemesh Spices- Karnei Shomron
Shimurei Motola, canned goods- Emannuel Industrial park
Super Drinks- Atarot Industrial park
Ta’aman- snacks and bevreges- Mishor Adumim
Tekoa Mushrooms- Tekoa
T’marim Organic Food- Tomer
T’vuot Bary- Israeli cakes and cupcakes
Zehavi- Yemenite delicacies

 

Jewelry and Cosmetics
Ahava Cosmetics- Mitzpeh Shalem
Esbei Kedem, Carmel Cosmetics- Mt. Hevron South
Hlavin- Barkan Industrial park
Olah Soaps- Dolev
Sabon BeAlma- natural soaps- K’far Tapoach
Sboneto- home made natural soap- Kokhav HaShahar
Shefa Briut- Jordan Valley

 

Wines

Ahava Cosmetics- Mitzpeh Shalem
Esbei Kedem, Carmel Cosmetics- Mt. Hevron South
Hlavin- Barkan Industrial park
Olah Soaps- Dolev
Sabon BeAlma- natural soaps- K’far Tapoach
Sboneto- home made natural soap- Kokhav HaShahar
Shefa Briut- Jordan Valley

 

Miscellaneous

Beitili Furniture- Barkan Industrial park
Falik Plastic Bags- Mevo Hama
Flatfut- Photography Products- Karnei Shomron
Frid Blankets- Ariel
Irit Prints- Adumim Industrial park
Josef Kaufman Camping- Karnei Shomron
Keter Plastics- Barkan Industrial park
Kravitz Office Supplies- Nili
Modan Bags- Shaked
Spideshe Plastic Grass- Gilgal
Sus Etz Toys- Adumim Industrial park

JNi.Media

Brussels Reopens City Life But Maintains Highest Alert

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The Belgian capital has reopened for business, four days after a total shutdown in the wake of the worst terror Paris has experienced since World War II.

Since last Friday the metro, city schools, shopping centers and malls were all closed in Brussels — but on Wednesday morning, they all reopened, albeit under extremely tight security.

Some metro lines are still closed, according to the BBC, as authorities continue to search for some 10 suspects who they believe were involved in planning attacks, possibly on shopping centers.

Nevertheless, Brussels remains on its highest alert, fearing a similar attack, with hundreds of police and military personnel patrolling the streets and guarding key institutions. The Level 4 alert status is expected to remain in effect at least until next Monday, authorities told the BBC.

At least 129 people were murdered in Paris, plus another three who died of their wounds shortly after, in addition to the more than 350 who were injured in the massacre, nearly 100 in critical condition.

A number of the nearly two dozen terrorists who carried out the multi-site attack came from Belgium, although most were trained in Syria with Da’esh (ISIS), which took responsibility for the massacre.

At one suspected attacker remains at large, the focus of a European Union-wide manhunt.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Weighs Suing EU Over Settlement Product Labeling

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is considering filing a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization against the European Union, in response to the latter’s decision to mark Israeli products originating in the settlements at retail chains in Europe. A senior Israeli official told Ha’aretz that the push for a suit comes from Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked. The move is opposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Economy.

Shaked and Erdan met recently to coordinate the promotion of their move in the cabinet. According to Ha’aretz, the two agreed on hiring a major international legal firm specializing in international trade to make a recommendation regarding the feasibility of a WTO suit and the chances of success.

According to Ha’aretz, senior officials in the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of the Economy say that chances for the success of such a move against the EU are very low and may cause more harm than good. They argue the move could cause a counter-mobilization of Arab countries against Israel at the WTO, and to end up with a decision making the products from the settlements illegal according to international law, which would mean they must be seized, not only labeled. A Foreign Ministry official said the move was one of those things that you “know how to get into, but not how to get out.”

International law professors Avi Bell of Bar Ilan University and Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University have written a position paper urging the filing of a lawsuit against the EU, and met with Shaked and Arden. Both have argued that one of the main principles of the WTO is no discrimination between member countries. Bell and Kontorovich say the EU decided to select products from the settlements for labeling, but isn’t labeling products from other conflict areas in the world where there is an occupation or a territorial dispute, such as the Moroccan Sahara products or products from the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that cosmetics company Ahava has manages to get around the labeling for the time being, arguing that although its main factory is located at Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem in Judea, most of the raw materials come from the parts of the Dead Sea that are within 1949 Israel; also, it argues that not all its products are manufactured in that main factory.

JNi.Media

Hezbollah Not a Terror Group, Says Russia

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Russia does not consider Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization, according to Moscow’s deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov.

The official was quoted Sunday by the Interfax news agency as he explained that Russia maintains ties with the group.

“Some say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bogdanov said. “We maintain contacts and relations with them because we do not consider them a terrorist organization.

“They have never committed any terrorist acts on Russian soil. Hezbollah was elected by Lebanese citizens to the Lebanese parliament. There are cabinet members and ministers from Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is a legitimate sociopolitical force.”

The remarks emerged during discussions on Saturday between nations discussing which groups fighting the Syrian civil war should be defined as terrorists or not. The question arose and to which groups should be invited to negotiate for a political settlement, but differences remain between the views of Moscow and Washington.

Participants at the talks on Syria, held in Vienna, appointed Jordan as coordinator of efforts to compile a list of terrorist groups. Although both the United States and the European Union have designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization — as has Israel — Russia does not.

The unwillingness of Russia to acknowledge Hezbollah’s terrorist status is likely to impact any international effort to address the group’s terrorist activities and attacks on Israel or anywhere else.

Hezbollah has also in the past been reportedly involved in drug sales operations that cross Israel’s northern border and elsewhere in the world as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hezbollah-not-a-terror-group-says-russia/2015/11/16/

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