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Terrorist Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of 2 Soldiers, Baby

25 June, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

An IDF Military Court on Wednesday sentenced terrorist Assem Barghouti to four cumulative life sentences in prison for the murder of two IDF soldiers and an Israeli baby in two attacks at the end of 2018.

In addition, he was ordered to pay millions in compensation to the wounded and the families of the victims.

Barghouti was convicted in November 2019 of a series of offenses, including three felony counts of causing death, the military equivalent of a homicide offense, and attempts to commit this offense.

Barghouti carried out the shooting attack at a bus stop outside Givat Assaf on December 13, 2018, in which Staff Sergeant Yuval Mor Yosef, 20, and Staff Sergeant Yosef Cohen, 19 were killed.

On December 9, 2018, the terrorist, along with his brother Salah, carried out the shooting attack at the Ofra junction, in which the unborn baby Amiad Yisrael Ish-Ran was murdered, and his mother and others were wounded.

Salah Barghouti, 29, was killed by IDF forces a few days after the second attack while violently resisting arrest.

Both were sons of Hamas leader Omar Barghouti.

Both of their homes were demolished by IDF forces in the past year.

“The IDF will continue to act resolutely against terrorist entities in the Judea and Samaria area, and will work hard to enforce the law with all who commit terrorist acts,” the IDF stated after Wednesday’s ruling.

Israeli Hospital First in World to Test Passive COVID-19 Vaccine

24 June, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem on Tuesday became the first in the world to test a passive vaccine treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) by administering Immunoglobulin G (IgG).

Two months ago, Hadassah Medical Center started collecting plasma rich with antibodies from recovered Coronavirus patients, with the aim of producing a treatment for severely ill patients.

The plasmas collected from the recoverees were processed by the Kamada company at Kibbutz Beit Kama in the Negev for an IgG-based antibody treatment for Corona patients in severe conditions.

Kamada, which develops and manufactures plasma-based drugs, has completed the production of the first dose of human plasma-based corona treatment for COVID-19, a move that has sparked widespread international interest.

Representing approximately 75% of serum antibodies in humans, IgG is the most common type of antibody found in blood circulation.

Hadassah administered the world’s first passive vaccine to a seriously ill patient, a young woman with previous illnesses whose CT results showed completely white lungs, and all known treatment methods have not affected her condition.

Several hours after receiving the treatment, the patient’s condition appears to have stabilized, giving room for cautious optimism.

The venture is operating with the approval of the Ministry of Health and in cooperation with Magen David Adom,

Hadassah CEO Professor Ze’ev Rothstein stated that the hospital is “crossing its fingers” for the success of the treatment and thanked everyone who took part in this “complex operation.”

Over 2,500 Israelis Pray at Joseph Tomb for Success of Sovereignty Declaration

23 June, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

Over 2,500 Israeli worshippers arrived at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) on Monday night to pray.

The entry to the holy site was made as part of the monthly visits and was accompanied by a significant military and police escort.

No unusual incidents were registered.

The entry into Shechem, which is under Palestinian Authority (PA) control, occurs several times a year. The prayers take place only during the night and under heavy security provided by the Israeli forces.

Yossi Dagan, Head of the Shomron Regional Council, stated that they came to Joseph’s Tomb to pray for the success of Israel’s intended plans to declare sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria in the coming weeks.

“We are here tonight, praying for the success of sovereignty, strengthening the prime minister, not to be deterred and not to be afraid, applying sovereignty to all Jewish communities and areas in Judea and Samaria,” he stated.

“We are here to convey a clear message: The people of Israel, the State of Israel, will not give up the holy places, will not give up Joseph’s Tomb, Rachel Tomb, the Cave of the Patriarchs and other holy places in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

“History will not forgive those who will abandon the holy places at this time. We will not accept symbolic sovereignty,” he underscored.

Dozens of Anti-Israel Israeli Professors Outed in New Website

22 June, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

A new website launched by the pro-Israel watchdog group Im Tirtzu lists dozens of Israeli academics who promote boycotts and other anti-Israel activity in Israel and abroad.

The website, “Know the Anti-Israel Israeli Professor,” contains a listing of 150 Israeli professors who are involved in anti-Israel activity such as promoting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, encouraging international pressure on Israel, accusing the IDF of war crimes, and calling to refuse service in the IDF.

In May 2019, Im Tirtzu launched a similar website in Hebrew listing dozens of Israeli academics who teach in Israeli universities. The new English website also includes Israeli professors who teach outside of Israel.

“The mission of the website is to create an understanding that the international BDS and delegitimization phenomenon against Israel does not exist in a vacuum; rather, it is often created, bolstered, and spearheaded by Israelis themselves,” the website explains.

“Radical Israeli academics are often at the forefront of the boycott and delegitimization campaigns against Israel. By virtue of being Israeli, these radical professors are viewed by the outside observer as neutral and credible authorities on matters concerning Israel,” the explanation continues.

However, “this unearned credibility is then used by Israel-haters worldwide to attack Israel, justifying their bigotry with the logic, ‘Israelis themselves are the ones saying these things, not me!'”

Im Tirtzu lists 10 guidelines that warrant inclusion in the website, including voicing support for BDS, promoting international pressure on Israel, and accusing the IDF of war crimes and purposefully murdering innocent people.

Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu, said that there is no parallel in the world to the actions exhibited by these radical Israeli professors, who work relentlessly to slander and damage Israel.

“While tremendous amounts of resources are invested in Israel and throughout the world to combat BDS and delegitimization against Israel, these morally bankrupt Israeli professors – many of whom are funded by the Israeli taxpayer – are undermining these efforts,” said Peleg.

“Our website will be an important resource for students, as well as for the broader public who value both Israel and the truth,” he concluded.

Missing IDF Soldier Found Dead

21 June, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

An IDF soldier who went missing several days ago was found dead on Saturday in a training zone near the base he served in the south.

Staff-Sergeant Adiel Fishler, 21, who was declared missing on Thursday, was found by troops searching for him near the Shizafone base, near Eilat. His weapon was found near him.

The Military Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of his death.

Hundreds of soldiers and air force servicemen have been searching for Fishler since Thursday evening.

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