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April 30, 2016 / 22 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Tel Aviv’

Tel Aviv Yafo Celebrates Water Sports This Week in ‘Sail 2016’

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The largest water sports festival in Israel began Monday (April 18) at the Tel Aviv Marina.

Sail Tel Aviv Yafo 2016” runs from April 18 – 28 was initiated by “Atarim” and the Israel Yacht Club in memory of Major Asaf Asulin. More than 600 children will compete in the national championship in the event, hosted by the Tel Aviv Marina.

Hundreds of yachts, surfers, kayaks, SUPs, swimmers and marine enthusiasts are taking part in the event.

The festival is hosting a variety of water sports activities and competitions that include beach volleyball, open water swimming and a variety of races involving small vessels.

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Aviv to Curb Bikes on Sidewalks After Pesach

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Tel Aviv police will be on the prowl starting May 1 to enforce the city’s no-riding-bikes-on-the-sidewalk law.

Law breakers face fines between NIS 100 to NIS 1,000. Other punitive measures will include taking the air out of one’s bicycle tires and confiscation of the bike’s batteries (for kids illegally riding electric bicycles.)

Violations include riding in the wrong direction, using a mobile phone while riding, going through a red light and disturbing pedestrians in the crosswalks.

Tel Aviv is lined with specially-marked bicycle paths.

Hana Levi Julian

Brussels ‘Man in the Hat’: We Wanted to Attack Passengers Flying to Tel-Aviv

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The ISIS terrorist who admitted to being “the man in the hat” seen in the CCTV image of a trio of Arab would-be suicide bombers pushing their suitcases into the Brussels airport on March 22, has told his interrogators that they planned to attack passengers waiting to board flights to the United States, Russia and Tel-Aviv, French BFM TV reported on Thursday.

According to BFM, the man, Mohamed Abrini, described the brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui as the point men in the March 22 attacks on the Brussels airport and metro station that killed 32.

Belgian police picked up Abrini, 31, a Belgian petty criminal, near the Brussels borough of Molenbeek, on suspicion of assisting in the Nov. 13 bombing and shooting attack that killed 130 in Paris, and of being the “man in the hat” seen with the Brussels airport suicide bombers on March 22. Abrini’s fingerprints were found in the apartment where the two airport suicide bombers were staying.

On Wednesday, ISIS published the obituaries of the Brussels suicide bombers, crediting them with preparing the explosives for the November Paris attacks as well, in its online magazine Dabiq. The obits said “Brussels, the heart of Europe, has been struck” and promised more attacks.

The Dabiq obit described one of the two terrorist brothers, Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, as a “natural leader” who experienced a “vivid, life-changing dream” while serving time in prison for a carjacking. “All preparations for the raids in Paris and Brussels started with him and his older brother,” the Dabiq obit said. “These two brothers gathered the weapons and the explosives. After the blessed raid in Paris, he saw another dream, which motivated him to carry out a martyrdom operation.”

JNi.Media

Posters Call for Resignation of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Posters calling on the IDF Chief of Staff to resign were posted around the Kirya IDF military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

The posters reflect the anger of many Israelis over the arrest and imprisonment of a soldier who shot and killed a terrorist in Hebron after he was lying on the ground. The terrorist was wearing a bulky, zipped up jacket on an exceptionally warm day — a suspicious-appearing garment to the practiced eye. Many suicide bombers wear similar clothing.

Protesters demonstrating in front of Prison No. 4, where the soldier is incarcerated, contended Saturday night that it was essential to ensure the terrorist was dead, given the circumstances. Many among the demonstrators were IDF veterans and families of veterans and active soldiers.

The posters showed a picture of IDF Lt.-Gen. Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot dressed up as King Ahashuerus of Persia, the main character of the Purim historical tale.

“Eizenkot resign and take Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and Boogie (Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon) with you. Jewish blood must not be forfeited. Even Ahashuerus allowed the Jews to defend themselves.

“Shame on you!”

Police have opened an investigation into the incident and may charge those behind the posters with incitement against the IDF chief.

Hana Levi Julian

Confirmed: Beyonce to Grace the Stage in Tel Aviv

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

It’s official: World-renowned entertainer Beyonce is coming to Israel this summer.

It was confirmed Thursday the volcanic vocalist is set to appear in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in early August.

Hana Levi Julian

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Hana Levi Julian

Retaliation: El Salvador May Move Israeli Embassy to Ramallah

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

(JNi.media) A severe diplomatic crisis is brewing between Israel and El Salvador, as the latter is not happy with the former’s decision to close down its embassy in San Salvador as part of a decision to eliminate five embassies altogether as a belt-tightening measure, Ynet reported. El Salvador is considering a retaliatory step — moving its embassy from Herzliya Pituach to Ramallah, inside the Palestinian Authority. This may be the most creative—and effective—diplomatic maneuver against the Jewish State this year. It also marks yet another Latin American country with whom the Netanyahu government is feuding (Brazil is another).

The Salvadoran foreign ministry sent Israel a stern message saying the Central American republic was shocked, dismayed and surprised by the proposed step. They were particularly hurt by the fact that they found out about it in the press, rather than receive a proper advance notice through diplomatic channels. There’s more: El Salvador had apparently been so interested in improving relations with Israel, it sent a senior official, the foreign office’s former director Werner Matias Romero, to serve as its new ambassador to Israel to enhance the friendship and cooperation.

The insulted Romero said he was still hoping Israel would reverse the decision, warning that otherwise it would “open a Pandora’s box,” adding, “What Israel has done is bite the friendly hand we extended to her. That’s not a way to treat your friends. This could definitely bolster the element in El Salvador who are opposed to our ties with Israel.”

Romero also reminded his hosts of the fact that El Salvador voted in favor of the 1947 UN Partition Plan; José Castellanos, a Salvadoran diplomat, saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust—and was recognized by Yad Vashem, and El Salvador even kept its embassy in Jerusalem for a couple of decades—until the second Lebanon war.

According to Ynet, it costs Israel about a million dollars a year to keep each embassy open. This may turn out to be an acceptable cost of doing business, when the alternative is seeing the Salvadoran embassy be consolidated with the Cairo mission, or, even worse, reopening in Ramallah, forcing Israeli visa seekers to armor their cars first before applying.

Israel is also planning to close its embassy in Minsk, to be followed by the closing down of the Belarus mission to Tel Aviv. Now, that’s something that would not have happened while Minister Avigdor Lieberman was in charge.

JNi.Media

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