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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

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Tucson Muslim Gets 8 Years for Planning to Attack Jewish Center

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons.

The prosecution said Khan had “expressed a desire” to attack a Jewish community center in Tucson. Police found a document in his home with plans to attack a military recruiting center and a fitness center. He also plotted to attack the Phoenix DMV, and instructed an undercover FBI agent on making homemade grenades.

Khan apparently received his inspiration from last year’s ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels, and communicated online with a a member of the Islamic State.

The prosecutor said Khan was not being accused of just words but also of teaching bomb-making to the undercover FBI agent. “There has to be a consequence, a price to be paid,” she said.

Khan’s attorney told the court his client is struggling with mental health issues and poor impulse control. Khan accepted responsibility for his pots. Apparently, Khan has been known to the FBI since age 15. He also spent 45 days in a mental institution.

David Israel

US Ambassador, Israeli Defense R&D Outfit, Celebrate 30 Years of Rotorcraft Cooperation

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

An official ceremony was held at Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) Thursday, on the occasion of 30 years of fruitful collaboration on rotorcraft technologies and human factors engineering. The ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, IMOD Head of DDR&D, Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold, Director of US Army Aviation & Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (ARMDEC), Mr. James B. Lackey, IMOD Head of R&D Technology Base, Dr. Moshe Goldberg, officials and guests.

The rotorcrafts technologies effort is jointly headed by the ARMDEC and the IMOD Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D). Participating parties include the research and development teams at the IAF, the Technion, Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion, and Haifa Universities.

Ambassador Shapiro (R) and Dr. Danny Gold

Ambassador Shapiro (R) and Dr. Danny Gold

The United States and Israel have been collaborating on rotorcraft technologies since the 1980’s, with more than one hundred scientists and engineers from both sides developing breakthrough technologies in the areas of aeronautical mechanics, aerodynamics and human factors engineering (HFE) for helicopters.

The operation of helicopters is especially challenging due to the technical complexity and operational demands of low-level night flights. Accordingly, advanced HFE solutions are required to enable efficient and safe operation. The research efforts in this domain resulted in improved pilot displays and obstacle avoidance solutions. Additional efforts addressed the challenge of two aircraft jointly lifting heavy loads, beyond the capacity of a single helicopter. Some of the research products have been implemented in US rotorcraft, come of which are also operated by the IAF. Other will be integrated in future platforms or upgrades.

Ambassador Shapiro said in a statement: “This rotorcraft cooperation has long been considered among the best US-Israel research agreements. It is unique in that it brings together the technical leaders from our two countries to conduct joint research on problems of common interest to our countries.  At the same time the personal connections have enriched understanding of each other’s cultures and history and strengthened the ties between the two countries.”

Dr. Danny Gold said in a statement: “The defense ties and close collaboration of the US and Israel are deep and long-lasting. The Rotorcraft Project Agreement (RPA) collaboration is very special, as it embodies the deep research cooperation between the Parties. In my view, the RPA collaboration sets the gold standard for US-Israeli Defense R&D.”

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2000 Years of Jewish Culture Exhibition at London’s Shapero Rare Books

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Bernard Shapero of Shapero Rare Books and Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures are delighted to present 2000 Years of Jewish Culture: an exhibition of books, manuscripts, art, and jewelry.

A selling show, it is the first of its kind ever staged in the UK in a private space, and, accordingly, it will be marked by the publication of a fully illustrated catalogue. The exhibition encompasses every aspect of Jewish life, including philosophy, religion, literature, photography, fine art and jewelry.

Curator Bela Goldenberg Taieb said that “each of the assembled artifacts – the oldest of which is a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls – is representative of a particular field of endeavor, and as such they collectively offer a truly compelling picture of the Jewish contribution to world culture.”

The exhibition, featuring more than 100 objects, will be arranged over the basement, ground and first floor of Shapero’s Mayfair premises. It presents several important rare books, the subjects of which span the tenth to the twentieth centuries, including first editions of some important examples of Anglo-Judaica.

Bernard Shapero said that “the whole exhibition shows the positive side of Judaism. There’s no Holocaust material or anti-Semitic material, which forms a large part of collecting in this field.”

From November 2 to 19, at Shapero Rare Books, 32 St. George Street, London W1S 2EA

Gallery Talk: Beatriz Chadour-Sampson “Jewish Wedding Rings,” Thursday November 3, 7 PM.

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Egyptian Court Denies Appeal, Sending Morsi to 20 Years in Prison

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the highest in that country’s judicial system, on Saturday rejected an appeal by ousted president Mohamed Morsi over a 20-year prison sentence in the Ittihadiya clashes case, Al Ahram reported on Saturday. With that, Morsi’s appeals in this case have been exhausted.

On December 5, 2012, clashes broke out outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace between Muslim Brothers and protesters that left 11 Egyptians dead. The protesters rejected a constitutional amendment issued by President Morsi on November 22, 2012, allowing him to issue any decision or law he wished, leaving all alternative authority without the power to oppose or revoke it. Video footage from the clashes showed Morsi supporters beating the protesters, even tying one up to the palace doors and torturing another.

The Ittihadeya clashes are regarded as the turning point in the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt. The protests not only the denounced constitutional decree but also called for Morsi’s resignation. Six months later, Morsi was ousted by the military following mass demonstrations.

The ousted president is also appealing several other cases where he has been sentenced to death. This is the first case where he has exhausted all appeals. After his overthrow, Morsi faced several charges including inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace, espionage for foreign militant groups including Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, for escaping Wadi el-Natroun Prison during the 2011 revolution prior to his election as president, for leaking classified documents to Qatar, and “insulting the judiciary.”

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Excavation Reveals Spot Where Romans Breached Jerusalem’s Wall 2,000 Years Ago

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Exciting evidence of the breaching of the third wall that surrounded Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period was uncovered last winter in the Russian Compound at the city center. The discovery was made in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted in the location where the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is slated to be built. In the course of the excavation, archaeologists discovered the remains of a tower jutting from the city wall. Opposite the tower’s western facade were scores of ballista and sling stones that the Romans had fired from catapults at the Jewish guards who were stationed at the top of the tower.

Dr. Rina Avner, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Dr. Rina Avner, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

According to Dr. Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib, excavation directors on behalf of the IAA, “This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple. The bombardment was intended to attack the sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could approach the wall with battering rams and thereby breach the city’s defenses.”

The historian Josephus, an eyewitness to the war, provided many details about this wall. According to him, the wall was designed to protect the new quarter of the city that had developed outside its boundaries, north of the two existing city walls. This quarter was named Beit Zeita. The building of the Third Wall was begun by King Agrippa I; however, he suspended its construction so as not to incur the wrath of Emperor Claudius and to dispel any doubts regarding his loyalty. The construction of the Third Wall was resumed some two decades later by the defenders of Jerusalem, as part of fortifying the city and the Jewish rebels’ preparations for the Great Revolt against Rome.

A 2,000 year old jar as it was discovered in the field.

A 2,000 year old jar as it was discovered in the field.

Josephus described in detail the route of the wall that began at Hippicus Tower, which is now identified with David’s Citadel. From there the wall continued north to the enormous Psephinus Tower, which defended the northwestern corner of the city wall. At that point the wall turned east and descended toward the Tomb of Queen Helena, which is identified with the place known as the Tombs of the Kings.

A spearhead from the battle against Titus’ army.

A spearhead from the battle against Titus’ army.

It seems that the new discovery has resolved a debate among researchers reaching back to the early twentieth century, as to the location of the third wall and the question of Jerusalem’s boundaries on the eve of the Roman onslaught led by Titus. According to the dig in the Russian Compound, we now have proof of the wall’s existence in that area.

The excavation findings will be presented at a conference entitled “New Studies in the archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region,” Thursday, October 27, at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Peres Through the Years [photos]

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, from 1962.

Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, from 1962.

 

Shimon Peres (R) who was Directer General of the Defense Ministry, with then Defense Minister David Ben Gurion (C), and IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan (L) from 1955.

Shimon Peres (R) who was Directer General of the Defense Ministry, with then Defense Minister David Ben Gurion (C), and IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan (L) from 1955.

 

Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Defense Minister Levy Eshkol at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, from 1963.

Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Defense Minister Levy Eshkol at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, from 1963.

 

Shimon Peres (C) with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (L) and Dr. Yigal Yadin (R), after landing with an army helicopter at Hatzor to visit excavations, in 1958.

Shimon Peres (C) with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (L) and Dr. Yigal Yadin (R), after landing with an army helicopter at Hatzor to visit excavations, in 1958.

 

Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (2-L), from 1968.

Shimon Peres (R) who was Deputy Defense Minister, with then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (2-L), from 1968.

 

Shimon Peres (2-R) with then IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan (R), Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (2-L), Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kolleck (L), from 1958.

Shimon Peres (2-R) with then IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan (R), Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (2-L), Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kolleck (L), from 1958.

 

Shimon Peres (C) when he was Director General of the Defense Ministry, from 1957.

Shimon Peres (C) when he was Director General of the Defense Ministry, from 1957.

 

 

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Bank of Israel: New Year’s Financial Report Card Has Good Grades, No Change in Interest Rate

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Israel’s financial report card as the country enters the new Jewish year, 5777, featured a lot of very good grades.

The Bank of Israel announced it will keep the interest rate unchanged at 0.1 percent for the month of October.

The inflation rate as measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months was -0.7 percent, compared with -0.6 percent in the 12 months ending in July.

According to the second estimate of National Accounts data for the second quarter, the GDP grew by 4.0 percent (compared with 3.7 percent in the first estimate) (seasonally adjusted annual data), and exports (excluding diamonds and startups) grew by 10.9 percent (compared with 5.7 percent in the first estimate.)

The Labor Force Survey data for August indicate that the unemployment rate among Israelis ages 25 to 64 remained at 4.0 percent. The job vacancy rate increased to a record high of 4.0 percent (seasonally adjusted) in August.

However, the price of homes increased by 0.1 percent in June-July. Over the 12 months ending in June-July, home prices increased by 6 percent, as compared to the increase of 7 percent in the 12 months ending in May-June.

Hana Levi Julian

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