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Noah and Noam Most Popular Israeli Jewish Names, for Arabs: Mariam and… Mohammed

Monday, December 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) The most common name in Israel in 2014 was Mohammed, as 2,650 Muslim boys born in 2014 were given that name, according to a new release from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. The second most popular name was Noam, given to about 2,000 children, of whom about 1,600 were Jewish boys and about 400 girls. The third most common name in 2014 was Yoseph, given to about 1,350 Jewish newborn boys and 600 tiny Muslim boys. In fourth place came the name Ariel, given to both Jewish boys and girls, about 1,300 and 500, respectively. Other popular unisex names were Uri and Daniel.

Here are more name-related stats for 2014, courtesy of the CBS:

If the most popular name among for Jewish boys was Noam, given to 1,600 newborn males, the most common name for newly born Jewish girls was Noah, with 1478 given it, making Noah the most common name for Jewish women in 15 years.

The Mohammed or Ahmed choice was made for one in five Muslim boys, 2600 and 968, respectively.

Among Muslim girls the most common name was Mariam — 419.

In 2012 only 36 Jewish boys were named Ovadia. In 2013, the year Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away, 117 boys were given the name, and in 2014 209.

Eitan (Ethan) climbed from tenth to seventh place among Jewish boys—the increase taking place during Operation Tzuk Eitan (a.k.a. Operation Protective Edge).

Adele continues to be popular, and there has been an increas in the number of girls given this name.

Finally — the name Romy is on the rise, to No. 15 after being ranked 29th the year before.

Have a sweet new calendar year, and don’t forget to check on little Mohammed and little Noah before you turn off the lights.

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.

Peace Now: Israel Planning 8.400 Housing Units in ‘E-1″ in Maaleh Adumim

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The Netanyahu government reportedly is going full-speed ahead although behind the scenes to develop the controversial E-1 area in Maaleh Adumim that would effectively give Israel a Jewish continuity to Jerusalem.

Peace Now alleged this morning that the government is planning 6,372 residential units in the area as part of a larger program for 55,548 new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria, including a new community near Bethlehem and one in the Jordan Valley.

An Israeli official said that no final decision has made been concerning E-1, but it can be assumed that the official decision will come at the right time politically, perhaps when the Palestinian Authority is so illegitimate that Prime Minister Netanyahu can thaw the de facto building freeze.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant, of the Kulanu party, denied that plans are being made.

Peace Now alleged that the ministry allocated to Ma’aleh Adumim $9.5 million in November 2014, without issuing a tender, for planning the area. In addition, another $200,000 was allegedly paid to outline future construction sites east of Jerusalem as well as to expand other communities in Judea and Samaria.

Building in E-1 would be the Waterloo for the Palestinian Authority, while not developing it would be the same for Israel.

The Bush and Obama administrations have pressured Israel several times not to build in E-1, a 4.6-square mile area that has been designated for construction since the time that Yitzchak Rabin was Prime Minister in the 1990s.

It would be no surprise if the government is going ahead with building plans, in light of the decimation of the two-state proposal and the Palestinian Authority’s hard and fast position that there is nothing to negotiate with Israel unless it agrees to all of the PA’s political and territorial demands.

However, the publicity of the plans for construction is a red flag for the Palestinian Authority as well as for the Israeli left-wing camp. The Haaretz newspaper, which often acts as President Rivlin agent for Peace Now, reported Monday:

The Israeli fear is that without ‘facts on the ground’ in E-1, the giant settlement, which has some 40,000 residents, could end up an unviable Israeli enclave in a Palestinian state.

The newspaper quoted Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer, as saying that the documents detailing plans for E-1 and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria show that the government of Israel is not wasting a single day and is investing tens of millions of shekels in expanding and establishing new settlements. Behind the scenes they are secretly planning the establishment of a bi-national state.

Can You Cry ‘Death to Arabs’ in Crowded Social Network? Knesset Committee Wants to Know

Monday, December 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday discussed the anti-terrorism bill, specifically the level of proof that is needed in order file an indictment for incitement to terrorism and encouraging acts of terrorism.

According to the current law, publicizing support for terrorism, or calls for violence, can result in a five-year prison term if there is “a distinct possibility that it will lead to a terrorism attack or violence.” The bill, however, states that a direct call to commit an act of terrorism is in itself an offense punishable by five years in prison, regardless of whether there is a distinct possibility that it will lead to a terrorism attack or violence.

Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) asked Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri whether the call “death to Arabs” will constitute an act of incitement to violence punishable by five years imprisonment. He requested that the law clearly state what constitutes incitement to violence, rather than have the Attorney General’s Office determine the matter.

In response, Nizri said that for every 100 complaints of incitement to violence, only one indictment is filed. “I do not believe in using indictments against words. I think the issue should be handled in the educational arena,” he said.

MK Osama Sa’adi (Joint Arab List) asked Nizri why he has met only with right-wing Jewish detainees and not with non-Jewish ones. Nizri said in response: “In the past, I have met with Palestinian security detainees. This is not the time or place to discuss the circumstances or the number of times I did it.”

MK Dov Khenin (Joint Arab List) accused the AG’s Office of foot-dragging and failing to take steps against extremist rabbis who incite to murder. Nizri said in response that “those who read the Makor Rishon newspaper believe there is excessive enforcement against rightists. Those who read Haaretz believe there is excessive enforcement against leftists. We have filed many indictments against rabbis, Qadis (judges in Muslim communities), right-wing activists and left-wing activists.”

MK Revital Swid (Zionist Camp) asked Nizri if the stabbing of a photo of a murdered Palestinian baby constitutes incitement to violence. Swid was referring to a video of a wedding which features right-wing extremists dancing with guns, knives and firebombs. One guest stabs a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the toddler killed along with his parents in the Duma firebomb attack over the summer.

Nizri said an investigation has been launched, but the suspects have yet to present their version of the events. Some of the chants or actions may be considered incitement, he said.

Police Uncover Terror Weapons at Arab Falafel Store in Jerusalem

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The word “kador” in Hebrew can mean a ball, as in falafel balls, and bullets.

It meant both of those this morning when Jerusalem police swooped down on a falafel store and another location in eastern Jerusalem and found weapons stored for terror and crime.

The owner of the falafel stand is being questioned. Police found that besides chips, humus and hot pepper sauce, the falafel stand also was stockpiled with two pipe bombs, cartridges and bullets.

The other location was a courtyard next to a house. Buried in the ground was a bag containing 6 pipe bombs, 2 stun grenades, a Gustav rifle, cartridges and bullets.

The owner of the residence was arrested.

TPS News Agency adds:

This is the third time in recent months that such material has been found in seemingly innocuous locations.

In early November, detectives, assisted by sniffer dogs, located several pipe bombs, improvised guns and ammunition hidden near Jerusalem’s district court. Shortly after the incident, an Arab father and son were arrested on suspicion of having a connection to the material.

In December during an overnight raid, the IDF also discovered lethal weapons including Carlo guns, ammunition and knives concealed in a shop inside a refugee camp in Kalandiya in Jerusalem.

Winter Finally on the Way with Snow Possible in North

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The long-awaited winter is finally on its way to Israel.

After a dazzlingly wet start that drenched the south in October, the country has been suffering from what has become a traditionally long dry spell after the first rains.

Rain so far this season has been concentrated in the south, but now it is the north’s turn. If the weather models do not change, snow is likely on the Hermon and possibly on the peaks in the Upper Galilee on Friday.

Up to four inches of rain are expected by Saturday morning in the Jerusalem area, three inches forecast for the upper Golan Heights and metropolitan Tel Aviv, and 2-3 inches for the Western Galilee and the upper Jordan Valley.

Nearly an inch of rain is predicted for Be’er Sheva and in the northern Negev.

The rainy season officially started after the Simchat Torah-Shmini Atzeret holiday, as in the last three years, got off to a dousing start but mainly in the south.

Precipitation in several areas, such as Ashkelon and Tel Aviv, still is 50 percent above the normal amount for this time of year, but northern farmlands are dying from thirst.

Rainfall is only 45 percent of the average for this time of year in some areas in the Galilee.\

That should change by Shabbat.

Dry winds from the east have parched Israel Monday, but temperatures will drop by Wednesday, when local rain will begin and develop into a storm in the north and central regions on Thursday.

The weather models sill are not clear how far south the storm system will spread. The optimistic models indicate that heavy precipitation will hit the north Negev and north of the Dead Sea on Friday and Shabbat.

Looking way ahead, an even more powerful system is on the distant horizon two weeks away, but weather predictions in Israel more than four days in advance have to be taken with a lot of salt.

Rivlin: Faithful Jews Are not Anti-Christian or Anti-Muslim

Monday, December 28th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin told Christian leaders Monday that “a faithful Jew cannot be anti-Christian or anti-Muslim.”

He added that “we all have a duty…to show the world that the conflict in this region is not a war about religion; it is a war against hate.”

Absent from his speech was the questing of how to deal with clerics who preach hate in the name of their religion.

Hosting the traditional annual reception for leaders of Israel’s Christian communities to mark the civil New Year, he praised the 50-year-old fifty-year-old Nostra Aetate declaration, which defined the Catholic Church’s policy against anti-Semitism.

President Rivlin added:

I was honored this year, to meet with the Pope in the Vatican, where we spoke about how this relationship has grown stronger over the years….. Pope Francis said, ‘A true Christian cannot be an anti-Semite’.

Let me say – a faithful Jew cannot be anti-Christian or anti-Muslim….

I am proud that Israel protects the freedom of worship and expression for everyone, of every faith. It is not enough for us to only be a safe home for Christians. We want the community to prosper, and play a part in Israeli society.”

He said this mission as President is “to build bridges between our communities, in the Holy Land and around the world…and show that people with different beliefs can live side by side, and even together; in schools and universities, in the workplace, in parliament, and even on the soccer field.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rivlin-faithful-jews-are-not-anti-christian-or-anti-muslim/2015/12/28/

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