Israel News for 8-10-17

IDF Demolitions
Last night IDF forces demolished the homes of the terrorists who murdered policewoman Hadas Malka in June. The families of the terrorists petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the demolitions, but the court denied their petition stressing that demolition was a deterrent, not a punishment.

The IDF also demolished the home of the terrorist who killed IDF Sgt. Elhai Taharlev in a vehicular attack at the Ofra Junction in April.

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Gaza Wall
The IDF is speeding up construction of an underground barrier along the border with Gaza. According to recent intelligence, Hamas has been constructing two tunnels just one kilometer from the border on the outskirts of Beit Lahia and the Al-Shati Camp Refugee Camp. One of the tunnels is being built beneath residential buildings and the other adjacent to a mosque.

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Political Asylum
Israel has granted political asylum to Neda Amin, an Iranian-born journalist who fled Iran in 2014 and was expelled from Turkey last month.

Amin, 32, fled Iran in 2014 after her book Zenjir (“The Chain”) was banned. She lived in Turkey for three years as a political refugee, during which time she began contributing to the Times of Israel’s Farsi-language website. But her work for the Israeli website did not go over well in Turkey. She was accused of being a spy by Turkish authorities who gave her 30 days to leave the country. Returning to Iran would have meant a lengthy prison sentence.

Amin landed in Israel today.

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Electric Roads
In cooperation with Israeli startup ElectRoad, Israel will build a stretch of bus lane in Tel Aviv that will wirelessly recharge electric buses. The technology will be installed on an 800-meter stretch of road slated to be opened in 2018. If everything goes according to plan, the government plans to deploy the technology more extensively, initially along the 18-kilometer road between Eilat and Ramon International Airport.

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Polish Farce
After assisting in annihilating Polish Jewry during the Holocaust, the Polish people — at least some of them — have apparently grown nostalgic about their former neighbors. To that end they stage reenactments of jewish events during which they dress up in traditional Jewish clothing, play Jewish music and even speak Yiddish. It’s something like a twisted macabre version of a Civil War reenactment in the US.

In a recent display of affection for their lost Jews, people in the Polish village of Radzanów, 80 miles northeast of Warsaw, reenacted a Jewish wedding.

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