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Three young Arab teens were arrested Mondayin connection with a firebombing attack on Border Guard police officers near Jerusalem.
The wannabe teen terrorists were caught in the act following a covert investigation that saw the group hurling firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Border Guard officers patrolling in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis.
The teens, ages 13 and 14, live in Azaria, near the nearby city of Ma’ale Adumim. They confessed to the attacks during the investigation, and also admitted to involvement in other incidents as well.
Earlier this month there was a corporate-sponsored event at Harvard University which included a panel advocating the virtues of the BDS Movement (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel). Now we now learn of a recent decision by the Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) to suspend its contract with the Israeli carbonated water machine company SodaStream.
This boycott of the Israeli company was described in an article in Harvard’s school newspaper, The Crimson: “HUDS Suspends Purchases from Israeli Soda Company.” It is sure to ignite the ire of any who believe the last thing a university dining service should get involved in is international disputes, let alone those who will be outraged that any part of Harvard University is boycotting an Israeli company.
That decision by some in the Harvard administration should give pause to the parents of the 6,400 students in each class who will be spending a total of approximately $240,000 to attend the college for four years, while the university condones and participates in a movement to financially strangle a company simply because it is based in the Jewish State.
SodaStream, you may recall, was targeted by the BDS movement because its main factory was located less than five miles from Jerusalem, in the town of Maale Adumim. This town is across what Israel-haters support as an Apartheid Line (the “Green Line”) beyond which no Jews should live, breathe, work or employ Arabs, the BDS crowd actively sought to boycott the company.
Put aside the fact – which is mentioned in the Crimson article – that SodaStream already surrendered to the hatred and will move its operation to an area in which it is still largely deemed acceptable for Jews to own property (ironically this move means the loss for many if not all of the company’s 900 non-Israeli Arab workers of their highest possible paying employment). Yes, put aside that fact. That is what Harvard did when it chose to boycott SodaStream because, in the words of one of the students involved: “the machines and their association with the disputed territory could be offensive to Palestinian students.”
That student, Rachel J. Sandalow-Ash, a member of Harvard University’s Progressive Jewish Alliance and the Open Hillel movement, explained why she believed the Harvard University Dining Services had to remove the Israeli company’s machines:
I think it is neither anti-Israel of anti-Semite [sic] to take [a] stand against the occupation. These machines can be seen as a microaggression to Palestinian students and their families and like the University doesn’t care about Palestinian human rights.
In other words, no matter what Israel does, even caving to the demands of the haters will have no impact on the strength of the protest.
Such a position might move one to refrain from taking any action to accommodate the pain of others, mightn’t it?
In addition to Sandalow-Ash, whom the Crimson identified as present at the meetings preceding Harvard’s decision to boycott Sodastream, also present were representatives from HUDS, Lowell House Masters Diana L. Eck and Dorothy A. Austin, Mather House Co-Master Michael Rosengarten and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde.
Following the discussions, according to the Crimson article, the Harvard Dining Services “agreed” to remove SodaStream labels on the machines they already have and to purchase machines from other companies in the future.
Repeated efforts to obtain input from David Davidson, managing director of Harvard University Dining Services, Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde, Harvard University president Drew Faust and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow were unsuccessful, as were attempts to obtain a response from rabbis at Harvard’s Hillel.
Charley J. Levin, a Texas native who became one of the most widely-known interviewers of American leaders, died Sunday at the age of 62 after a short illness.
His funeral will take place at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.
Levine founded the very successful Lone Star Communications and was a media consultant to several prime ministers.
He is survived by his wife Shelly and their three children.
The family home, where shiva will be held, is in the national-religious neighborhood of Mitzpeh Nevo, which Shelly Levine and her real estate agency helped develop.
Levine also is survived by three grandchildren and several grandchildren.
He earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Near eastern Studies and a master’s degree in journalism before moving to Israel in 1978 with his wife Shelly. Levine served as a spokesman for the IDF and as a civilian moved into the field of PR in private life, representing the Ruder Finn agency before launching his own company
Among his interviewees over the years were Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, American Jewish leaders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
He worked actively on behalf of aliyah.
The video below is form a news program on awards Levine’s PR firm won.
SodaStream International, an Israeli firm, has announced a deal has been finalized to close its factory in Mishor Adumim – an industrial park in the Samaria city of Maale Adumim, ten minutes north of Jerusalem – and move to southern Israel. Negotiations have been in the works for months.
The company and anyone associated has been harassed unmercifully by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement due to the location of the factory, which was built in an area developed by Israel after the 1967 Six Day War.
That includes actress Scarlett Johansson, who quit her post as a spokesperson for the far left Oxfam International nonprofit organization after being hassled for her ties to SodaStream.
But BDS activists somehow missed the point that the factory emphasizes co-existence in its even-handed approach to hiring some 500 Palestinian Authority Arabs as well as Jews.
With the closure of the factory, PA Arabs are the ones whose livelihoods will be hurt the most; many will find it difficult to replace their wages and working conditions (on-site mosque, etc) locally. Most may be unable to cross into pre-1967 Israel to replace their current jobs within a reasonable distance.
Even more ridiculous is the fact that SodaStream never should have been a target in the first place. Mishor Adumim was always seen as a place that would remain under Israeli control, according to the 1993 internationally-recognized Oslo Accords, signed both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Nevertheless, the international BDS movement has been tracking and harassing SodaStream for quite some time and apparently, it intends to continue despite the disappearance of any reason to harass its target.
One would think activists with the group would be lifting glasses of the bubbly to celebrate SodaStreams move across the so-called “Green Line” into pre-1967 Israel.
But not so. Now the group is claiming it will continue its boycott because SodaStream will move its factory next year to Lehavim, near Be’er Sheva, in the “Naqab.”
The move will bring the company a savings of two percent, officials say.
But BDS insists the factory will displace Bedouin residents of the “Naqab” – that is, the Negev. How the construction of a factory in Lehavim, an existing town, will displace Bedouin residents in the vast expanse of a region that comprises literally 60 percent of Israels land mass, is anyone’s guess.
But somehow, the BDS people have managed to twist their logic around that pretzel.
Israel, meanwhile, is providing an incentive grant of $20 million for the new factory as part of its effort to encourage revitalization in the south.
Will SodaStream try to obtain work permits for its current Arab employees? Yes, says CEO Daniel Brinbaum, of course. He will welcome them at the new plant as well – but they will face a daily trip of up to 60 miles from the original work site.
Co-existence does not go out of style in a corporate culture simply because a factory relocates. It just may be that those PA Arabs who are unable to move south with SodaStream into pre-1967 Israel will end up being replaced by Negev Bedouin.
Jews and Bedouin in southern Israel have been living and working together for decades, BDS notwithstanding. In the south, Israelis have no reason to prove anything to anyone, least of all to activists with an agenda to stir up trouble without necessity. Survival is everyone’s main priority, first and last.
Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel has beefed up security following an attempted terror attack Tuesday, foiled by a security guard at the entrance to the community.
The guard fired at the terrorist but apparently missed; as he fought him off, the terrorist stabbed him and then fled from the Jerusalem suburb, home to nearly 40,000 people.
Three suspects were arrested later the same day in connection with the attack in the nearby Arab village of Azariyya.
Kashriel told residents that 20 new Border Guard officers have already been paired with the city’s regular police officers at checkpoints and in patrols around the city.
In a statement on the municipal website, Kashriel thanked local and national security officials for their rapid response to Tuesday’s terror attack. He added that he visited the security guard who was wounded and spoke with his family and the chief of surgery at Hadassah’s Mt. Scopus Medical Center campus, who said the victim was in “good condition.”
“I also have no doubt the terrorist will be caught,” he said. “I have faith in our security forces and I am sure we will hear good news soon,” he added.
A security guard was wounded Tuesday morning when a terrorist stabbed him at the entrance to the northeastern Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim – a city that is home to nearly 40,000.
The guard, age 60, fired at the terrorist but apparently missed; instead he was stabbed.
He was treated on the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then evacuated in fair to serious condition to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center at Mount Scopus.
His attacker managed to escape towards the Arab village of Azariyya.
Israel’s Security Cabinet convened Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 pm at the offices of the Defense Ministry to discuss the next step following the withdrawal of IDF troops from Gaza as part of a 72-hour cease fire agreement.
In the past 24 hours there have been at least four terror attacks carried out within Israel’s borders, including two perpetrated in Jerusalem.
Avraham Wallis, hy’d, – the pedestrian killed in the attack by an Arab tractor terrorist in front of the Olive Tree Hotel on Shmuel HaNavi Street — was laid to rest on Tuesday.
More than a thousand men attended his funeral, held in Jerusalem, where the victim was a Mashgiach for Asra Kadisha at a construction site – meaning he supervised Jewish ritual parameters of the construction at the site.