Rocket Fired Into Israel Amidst Temple Mount Clashes

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7 Mar 2019
Rocket Fired Into Israel Amidst Temple Mount Clashes
Residents of communities along the Israeli border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip were alerted to incoming rocket and mortar fire Wednesday night. The projectiles landed in a vacant areas, while security services reported that several IED’s were also launched into Israel from the Strip. A Palestinian youth was also shot dead by IDF troops as he participated in riots along the border Wednesday evening. IDF aircraft struck Hamas targets in the Strip in response. Also this week, clashes have erupted in and around Jerusalem’s Old City over disputes between Israel and the Moslem Wafq authorities regarding the Temple Mount. Several people have been arrested in connection with the disturbances which have been tempered by cold, rainy weather and a heavy police presence.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the situation in Jerusalem

EU Keeps Sanctions on Iranian Human Rights Abusers
European Union ambassadors meeting in Brussels this week voted to renew sanctions on 82 Iranian officials accused of human rights abuses for another year. The sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans, were first imposed in 2011 and apply to a variety of officials in the Islamic Republic from senior judges and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps officers to prison wardens and police officials.

Gantz Sues Newspaper Over Reports of Sexual Harassment
Israel’s raucous election season took another turn this week with Blue and White Party chairman Benny Gantz reacting to a story in Israel Hayom about Facebook posts by a private citizen accusing him of sexual harassment by suing the newspaper for NIS 1 million. The lawsuit alleges that Israel Hayom acted with "blatant journalistic negligence, without conducting minimal mandatory examinations and a lack of good faith." It also accuses the paper of attempting to smear Gantz in order to boost the election chances of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz has also filed a NIS 500,000 lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexually harassing her decades ago when they were both students at Hakfar Hayarok boarding school in central Israel.
In the lawsuit, Gantz argued that this claim was “a false report from start to finish – a real blood libel. The plaintiff does not remember any acquaintance with the defendant, and in any case the fantastic story she invented from her feverish mind never happened.”

Gantz has said he will donate any money he wins in these lawsuits to organizations dedicated to assisting victims of sexual violence.

OurCrowd Draws 18,000 for Global Investor Summit
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Thursday as OurCrowd, an Israeli capital venture platform headquartered in Jerusalem, welcomed over 18,000 investors, innovators and company executives to the Jerusalem's International Convention Center for their annual Global Investor Summit. "The purpose of the platform is to democratize and globalize access for investors and entrepreneurs," said OurCrowd founder Jon Medved. A team from the ICEJ was also on hand for the Summit to explain to visitors the importance of Christian support for Israel.

"There is a growing demand from the younger generation to say, 'I want to do well financially and at the same time I want to do good. I want to align my investment strategy with my values,'" Social Finance Israel CEO Yaron Neudorfer told The Jerusalem Post. "It's not just a declaration of doing good, but actually measuring the impact of the companies. OurCrowd is actually taking a risk. They will lower their return if their portfolio companies don’t meet their impact key performance indicators."

Today’s video shows yet another way Israel is blessing the world


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