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January 17, 2017 / 19 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

Defense Ministry to Secure Immunity from Prosecution for IDF Fighting Forces

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Even as the political and social storm continues over the verdict in the trial of Sgt. Elor Azaria who shot a neutralized terrorist in Hebron last March, Israel’s Defense Ministry is preparing a bill to protect future warriors who might become similarly entangled in legal troubles for their interpretation of the rules of engagement, Ma’ariv reported Saturday night.

According to the bill’s sponsor, Deputy Defense Minister MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) offers blanket immunity to members of the security forces for their actions before, during and after an operation or a terror event – as opposed to action during routine operation.

The proposed law would provide immunity to “every IDF soldier, commander and officer whether doing compulsory service, career NCOs and officers, GSS operatives, Police, Border Guard, Knesset Gurad, and any other member of Israel’s security forces as decided by the Minister of Defense.”

The bill says that “a member of the security forces will not bear criminal responsibility, nor be interrogated with a warning, and will be immune to every judicial action in connection with an operation he carried out or did not carry out, or an act he committed or did not commit, before, during and after an operation, depending on whether the operation was or was not carried out as part of his assignment, or in preparation to carry out his assignment, as member of the security forces.”

Ben-Dahan told Ma’ariv that the new law would “deliver a clear message to IDF soldiers: just as they are protecting us, we protect them. This is a balanced law which on the one hand enables IDF soldiers to carry out their mission protecting the State of Israel and the Nation of Israel without fear of later retribution, and on the other hand determines a mechanism to remove such immunity when the rules had been violated.”

The law will not protect soldiers accused of looting, destruction of property, taking bribes, bullying, and sexual offenses against people who were involved or uninvolved in a military operation.


PM Netanyahu: I Grieve At The Passing Of… My Cherished Friend, Ya’akov Ne’eman

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released this statement Sunday evening in response to the passing of former Justice Minister Ya’akov Ne’eman:

“I grieve at the passing of one of our beloved and one of my cherished friends, Ya’akov Ne’eman.

“Ya’akov Ne’eman was a leading jurist in this country, with a sharp mind and a warm Jewish heart, a man of strong nationalist positions.

“With that, he always sought the way of compromise and dialogue, as he did when he led the Ne’eman Committee, and with sensitivity and wisdom, dealt with the issue of conversion.

“Ya’akov entered public service as the director-general of the Ministry of Finance; he became the Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice.

“I found in him a wonderful partner in public activism. As Finance Minister he led and supported important reforms, primarily in the foreign exchange market that made a huge change in the Israeli economy.

“My wife and I send his wife Hadassah, his children and his grandchildren, condolences from the bottom of our hearts.”

The former minister made his home in the Talbiyeh neighborhood of Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife Hadassah and their six children.

Hana Levi Julian

Ethiopian-Israelis Blast Education Ministry, Funding Cuts

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

by Ilana Messika/TPS

Head of the the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) slammed the education ministry for concealing statistics regarding violence and discrimination against Ethiopian-Israelis in school, saying that “ridicule and bullying are worse than physical violence” because they retard childrens’ emotional development.

Speaking at a committee hearing about a report issued by the National Statistics Authority showing that Ethiopian-Israelis are twice as likely as non-Ethiopians to be subjected to physical violence in schools, and three times more likely to be the victims of discrimination, Negosa said that young people carry the scars of discrimination for many years, and added that the education ministry has a responsibility to tackle  this issue head-on.

“If there is racial discrimination against Ethiopian-Israelis in the educational system, [the statistics] must be publicized, not hidden, in order to fight [the phenomenon],” he said.

The report is the latest in a string of clashes between the Ethiopian community in Israel and the government. Last year, riots and large protests broke out after an off-duty IDF soldier of Ethiopian heritage was beaten by police. More recently, last week the Prime Minister’s Office announced it would close a network of youth centers in favor of integrating the programs into community center programs.

Members of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, including Neguise, were critical of that decision, but officials in the Prime Minister’s Office  said the new policy, called Derech Hahadasha (The New Way), had the support of the Ethiopian National Project (ENP),  an national organization that supports the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis into Israeli society. Supporters of the new arrangement say the youth centers are obsolete, and they add that running absorption programs out of local community centers would streamline “full integration.”

Other community spokespeople aren’t buying the argument.

“Activists, teenagers and city heads turned to me in worry about the expected disbanding of the youth centers,” Neguise said. “They consider the programs to be critical for the full integration of Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society.”

The Prime Minister’s Office, which is responsible for budgeting youth-at-risk programs, said funds to the organizations operating youth centers will be slashed. For some groups, such as the Fidel Association for Education and Social Integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, which operates nine youth centers throughout Israel, the cut will mean a loss 75 to 80 percent of their budget by February 2017.

Yaakov Frohlich, Director of Resource Development to FIDEL, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that the youth centers constitute a major positive force in the integration of the Ethiopian immigrants and their children into Israeli society:

“To optimize integration within the Israeli society as a whole, our youth centers work to to imbue Ethiopian-Israeli youth with skills and knowledge, together with a sense of pride for their heritage. Our academic, social, sports and educational programs  are critical to build up their leadership qualities and confidence.

“The youth centers also help strengthen intergenerational understanding by offering programs to help parents understand the Israeli school system or the IDF so that they can be properly informed,” Frohlich said.

According to Frohlich, the decision to run youth programs aimed at Ethiopian-Israelis through local community centers will endanger the integration of the community by oversimplifying the situation and the challenges that Ethiopian-Israelis face. He argues that expecting full integration from community centers is unrealis

tic, because the centers are not necessarily geographically accessible to people hoping to participate, and also because general community centers are not equipped to address sensitive issues unique to the community.

“It is far from certain that the youth will feel comfortable coming to the centers,” he explained.

According to the 2015 numbers of the Central Bureau of Statistics, there are approximately 140,000 Israelis of Ethiopian descent. The community is predominantly a young one, with 36 percent being under the age of 18. But in 2014, only one third of the holders of a matriculation certification of Ethiopian descent had met the university entrance requirements.

“FIDEL works in the hopes that one day we will not need youth centers anymore, but to expect it from the Ethiopian-Israeli community and from the Israeli society at present remains unrealistic,” Frohlich concluded.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Agriculture Ministry Launching Campaign to Discourage Using Chickens for ‘Kapparot’ [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a campaign to raise public consciousness regarding the ancient Jewish custom of Kapparot on the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, encouraging people to redeem themselves with money instead of chickens.

On a weekday before Yom Kippur, many Jews take a rooster or a chicken (depending on one’s sex), recite two biblical passages — Psalms 107:17-20 and Job 33:23-24 — and swing the bird, which one is holding by its feet, over one’s head three times while reciting a short prayer three times. The recitation is: “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my atonement. This rooster (hen) will go to its death, while I will enter and proceed to a good long life and to peace.”

After the Kapparot ritual is concluded, the rooster is slaughtered given to charity, preferably for the meal before the Yom Kippur fast.

The Agriculture Ministry suggests the ritual is causing the birds needless suffering, which, incidentally, is against Jewish Law. Also, the presence of hundreds of chickens in and out of their cages in the middle of towns and villages may lead to the spread of disease. And so, the ministry would much prefer that faithful Jews donate their money to charity rather than do it with chickens.

For those Jews in Israel who insist on using chickens, the ministry has issued guidelines to regulate the distribution and slaughtering of the birds in locations outside the supervised abattoirs. The guidelines are intended to prevent the spread of disease, as well as minimize animal suffering.


Interior Ministry Cancels Netanya Municipality’s Award, the Reason: Mayor in Jail

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Netanya municipality was scheduled to receive the Interior Ministry’s Proper Financial Management Award, which will be given this Monday in a ceremony at the Jerusalem Convention Center to dozens of local municipalities that have met the ministry’s standards. This years the list includes Yavne, Kiryat Bialik, Kiryat Ata and Hod Hasharon, among many others. But at the last-minute this beautiful, coastal city, a third of the way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, was taken off the list.

Netanya has been an award recipient for the past consecutive four years, and the staff at City Hall told Clacalist they were frankly surprised at the decision to withdraw them from the list. A Calcalist inquiry with the Interior Ministry revealed that the decision came after the arrest of Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar on suspicions of corruption. Israel police arrested Feirberg and several of her colleagues and relatives on September 7, 2016 on charges of bribery, fraud, and abuse of power. Apparently the ministry preferred to err on the side of caution, especially since the current Interior Minster, Aryeh Deri (Shas) has himself served a hefty stint in prison for embezzlement.

The Interior Minister’s Proper Financial Management Award is given once a year to dozens of municipalities in Israel that show proper financial management and responsible behavior on the part of senior officials in local government. The parameters tested include deficits, income, expenses and rates of real estate tax collections. Other areas include proper awarding of bids.

Although it does not spell it out, the rules for the award most likely do not allow for the recipients to be under police investigation.


Jordanian Foreign Ministry Condemns Killing of Their Terrorist

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry condemned the killing of their citizen, Sayid Amro, who traveled to Jerusalem and committed a terror attack on Friday.

The terrorist’s family in Jordan is demanding his body be returned from Israel, according to a YNet report.

Amro attempted to stab some policeman at Jerusalem’s Old City Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shechem).

He yelled “Allahu Achbar” during his stabbing attack and wounded one policeman.

The police then shot the terrorist to death.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Turkish Justice Ministry Asking US to Detain Dissident Gülen

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Turkish Justice Ministry on Tuesday officially requested that the US arrest Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, the founder of the Hizmet (Service) movement and its Alliance for Shared Values. Gülen lives in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Despite President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s repeated calls over the past two months for the cleric’s extradition, this is Turkey’s first official provisional arrest request to the US for Gülen, who is accused of leading the failed July coup that resulted in the death of 240 people, according to Justice ministry sources cited by the Anadolu news agency.

According to these anonymous sources, the official request claims that the July 15 coup attempt was carried out under Gülen’s “command and control.”

The dispute between Gülen and Erdoğan go back to 2013, when a number of corruption-related arrests were made against Erdoğan’s allies, reflecting a growing political power struggle between Gülen and Erdoğan. The arrests led to the 2013 corruption scandal in Turkey, which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s supporters (along with Erdoğan himself) as well as the opposition parties said was choreographed by Gülen.

The Erdoğan government said the corruption investigation and comments by Gülen were part of the long term political agenda of Gülen’s movement to infiltrate the security, intelligence, and justice institutions of the Turkish state, a charge almost identical to the charges against Gülen by the Chief Prosecutor of Turkey in his trial in 2000 before Erdoğan’s party had come into power.

Gülen had previously been tried in absentia in 2000, and acquitted of these charges in 2008 under Erdoğan’s AKP government.


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