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Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Shuafat Refugee Camp

Dozens throw rocks at forces after hundreds march in support of Hamas terrorist who carried out deadly terror attack in capital’s Old City

Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli police at the entrance to Jerusalem's Shuafat Refugee Camp, November 21, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)
Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli police at the entrance to Jerusalem's Shuafat Refugee Camp, November 21, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Sunday’s events as they unfolded.

Arab woman found dead at home in suspected murder in north; husband arrested

A woman in her 50s is stabbed to death in the northern Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr, becoming the 111th murder victim in the Arab community this year.

The 55-year-old woman — who is not immediately identified — was found unconscious by medics at a home in the town, the Magen David Adom ambulance service says.

MDA and Hian Emergency Medical Services medics pronounce her death at the scene.

Police say officers haver detained the late woman’s husband over the suspected murder. The 57-year-old man is to be brought before a court on Tuesday to extend his remand, police say.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly by organized crime.

Since the beginning of 2021, at least 111 people were killed in suspected homicides, according to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit. 93 were Arab citizens of Israel, and another 18 were Palestinians, either from East Jerusalem or with Israeli residency.

Health Ministry panel said leaning toward backing COVID booster shot for ages 12-15

Most experts in the Health Ministry’s policy-setting team back COVID-19 booster shots for teens aged 12-15, Hebrew media reports.

This would make it likely that the third vaccine dose will be approved soon for that age group.

Additionally, most of the experts reportedly support a three-week break between the first and second Pfizer doses for ages 5-11, the same as with adults. The inoculation of that age group is expected to begin Tuesday.

Palestinian rioters clash with police in Jerusalem’s Shuafat Refugee Camp

Clashes break out at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Shuafat Refugee Camp between police and Palestinian rioters, some of whom are throwing rocks at the forces.

The violence comes shortly after hundreds of Palestinians marched in the refugee camp to honor a Hamas terrorist who shot and killed an Israeli and wounded four others in Jerusalem’s Old City this morning.

The gunman, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, was a senior leader in Hamas’s network in the refugee camp. He was killed by police officers on the scene.

The neighborhood lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem municipality, but beyond the security fence. Few public services are available there, and lawlessness abounds.

According to Palestinian reports, some of Abu Shkhaydam’s family members have been arrested. Large police forces entered the neighborhood to conduct searches before the Palestinian demonstrators marched to the terrorist’s home.

Orly Markman to become IDF’s third-ever female major general

Brig. Gen. Orly Markman has been named the next president of the Israel Defense Forces’ Court of Appeals, the military equivalent of chief supreme court justice, and will be promoted to the rank of major general, making her the third woman to ever receive the rank, the Defense Ministry says.

Markman, who currently serves as the vice president of the military court of appeals, was chosen by the Military Judge Selection Committee, headed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Markman will succeed Maj. Gen. Doron Piles in the role.

“Orly will the third female general in the IDF, and then it will be the first time that the General Staff will include two female generals — a significant and important achievement,” says IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

Military Advocate General Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi was the second woman to earn the rank of major general, some 10 years after the first woman — Orna Barbivay, now economy minister — did so.

In addition to Markman, the Military Judge Selection Committee also decided to appoint Col. Maya Goldschmidt to the military court of appeals, the Defense Ministry says.

“We will continue to promote women to all positions and in all the departments of the IDF — foremost because there is a security need of the first order to improve the quality of the IDF and to increase the supply of high-quality manpower that commands it,” Gantz says.

With flipped-over car and fake blood, nationalist rally blocks entrance to Jerusalem

A flipped-over car painted with fake blood, with a demonstrator lying beneath the overturned vehicle, in an exhibit accompanying a nationalist protest demanding a probe of the death of teenager Ahuvia Sandak last year, at the entrance to Jerusalem, November 21, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A flipped-over car painted with fake blood, with a demonstrator lying beneath the overturned vehicle, in an exhibit accompanying a nationalist protest demanding a probe of the death of teenager Ahuvia Sandak last year, at the entrance to Jerusalem, November 21, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Dozens of nationalist activists block the entrance to Jerusalem in protest of the death last year of settler teen Ahuvia Sandak during a police chase.

In the latest of a series of similar rallies demanding a commission of inquiry, the protesters put up an exhibit depicting a flipped-over car, with one of the demonstrators appearing to lie under it in a pool of fake blood.

It is meant to depict the scene of Sandak’s death.

Gantz praises security forces for ‘quick and efficient’ response to terror attack

Defense Minister Benny Gantz hails Israeli security forces’ quick response to a deadly terror attack earlier in the day.

“Today, we received a reminder of the reality we live in, as the family of the bereaved are joined by Eliyahu Kay — may his memory be blessed — a veteran of the Paratroopers [Brigade], who made aliyah from South Africa specifically to enlist and stayed, working at the Western Wall,” Gantz says, using the Hebrew term for immigrating to Israel.

“I want to send my condolences to his family and to wish a speedy recovery to the injured, both the other civilians and the security force members who acted quickly and efficiently in order to neutralize the terrorist,” he says.

This morning, a Hamas gunman opened fire at Israeli civilians walking through the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Western Wall, killing Kay and injuring four other men. Within seconds, Israeli police officers who were nearby returned fire, killing the terrorist.

“We will continue to fight terrorism with every tool and on every front. Any place that terrorism raises its head, we will be sure to cut it down,” Gantz says.

The defense minister makes his remarks at a ceremony in honor of wounded veterans and people injured in terror attacks.

Hundreds of Palestinians march in support of Jerusalem attack terrorist

Hundreds of Palestinians march in Jerusalem’s Shuafat Refugee Camp to honor a Hamas terrorist who shot and killed an Israeli and wounded four others in Jerusalem’s Old City this morning.

The gunman, Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, was a senior leader in Hamas’s network in the refugee camp. The neighborhood lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem municipality, but beyond the security fence. Few public services are available there, and lawlessness abounds.

Abu Shkhaydam was killed by police officers on the scene, but not before he managed to kill South African immigrant Eliyahu David Kay and seriously wound another Israeli, yeshiva student Aharon Yehuda Immergreen. Three other Israelis were treated for moderate to light wounds following the incident.

The Palestinians proceed towards Abu Shkhaydam’s house, chanting: “Millions of martyrs will march to Jerusalem.” Many wave green flags, emblazoned with the Islamic credo of faith, that are often associated with Hamas.

“Put sword next to sword,” Shuafat camp residents chant, a reference to Hamas’s logo, which features crossed blades. “We’re [Hamas terror chief] Mohammad Deif’s men.”

Sudan teen shot dead in Khartoum anti-coup protests

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and fatally wounded in the Sudanese capital today in a crackdown by security forces on anti-coup protests, medics say.

The death raises to 41 the number of people killed since the October 25 coup, and it comes hours after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was reinstated, in a breakthrough deal to reverse the military takeover.

Government okays bill limiting PMs to 8 years, aims for Knesset vote tomorrow

The government okays a law bill limiting prime ministers to eight years in office, aiming to bring it for a Knesset vote tomorrow.

After a ministerial committee greenlighted the legislation last week, government ministers vote again via phone.

The proposed amendment to Israel’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, put forward by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, would force a prime minister to step down after eight consecutive years in power, requiring the formation of a new government, though not necessarily new elections.

Even if the eight years weren’t served consecutively, the counter is reset only if the gap between the tenures is more than three years, according to the proposed bill.

The legislation does not apply retroactively, and therefore would not prevent Opposition Leader Netanyahu — who has served 15 years as premier, including 12 consecutively — from running again for office.

Soccer player for top team arrested over alleged sex crimes against 13-year-old girl

A soccer player for one of Israel’s current top-ranked teams has been arrested over alleged sex crimes against a 13-year-old girl, committed along with other teenage boys.

The 17-year-old, who had in the past played for Israel’s national youth squad, studies at the same educational institution as the rest of the suspects and the victim.

The suspects will be brought for a remand hearing tomorrow. The identities of those involved are barred from publication.

10 Iran military personnel on trial over downed Ukraine jet

Ten members of Iran’s military have gone on trial in connection with the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet in 2020, the judiciary says.

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed shortly after take-off from Iran’s capital Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, most of them Iranians and Canadians, including dual nationals. The Islamic Republic admitted three days later that its forces mistakenly shot down the Kyiv-bound Boeing 737-800 plane, after firing two missiles.

A report by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation released in March blamed the shooting of the jet on “human error.”

The trial is being held at a military tribunal in Tehran province, according to the judiciary’s Mizan Online agency.

“Ten defendants of different [military] ranks were present in court,” it says.

According to Mizan Online, 103 people filed a complaint to the judiciary demanding “an impartial investigation” to identify who was responsible for the downing of the plane and bring them to court. The agency, citing a prosecution representative, adds that the plaintiffs also demanded “that factors that hindered the search for the truth be known.”

Tensions between Iran and the US were soaring at the time of the incident. Iranian air defenses were on high alert for a US counter-attack after Tehran fired missiles at a military base in Iraq that was used by US forces. Those missiles were fired in response to the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, who headed the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in a US drone strike near Baghdad’s international airport.

Coronavirus cabinet to convene Tuesday amid signs of COVID rise

The coronavirus cabinet will convene on Tuesday at 7 p.m. amid signs of a slight rise in COVID-19 infections.

There is no word on the agenda of the meeting.

The development comes as the virus’s basic reproduction number, or R0 — a key epidemiological benchmark representing the average number of people each virus carrier infects — has passed the 1 mark for the first time since September. At 1.02, the figure means the outbreak is slightly growing rather than abating.

Iranian-Swedish dissident to face trial in Iran over Arab separatist ‘bomb attacks’

An Iranian-Swedish dissident held in Iran for over a year will face trial accused of carrying out “bomb attacks” for an Arab separatist group, says a charge sheet published today.

Habib Chaab disappeared during a visit to Turkey in October 2020 and a month later appeared in a video broadcast by Iran state television in which he confessed to robbery and working with Saudi intelligence services.

Iran accuses him of having led a “terrorist group called ASMLA,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online agency says, referring to an Arab separatist group.

ASMLA or the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz is designated as a terrorist group by Iran.

Chaab is also accused of “planning and carrying out a number of terrorist acts, including bomb attacks in Khuzestan province, and of destroying public property,” Mizan Online says.

The oil-rich southwestern province has a large Arab minority that has regularly complained of being marginalized.

A date for the trial has not been provided.

Terror victim Eliyahu Kay to be buried Monday at 11 a.m.

Eliyahu David Kay, killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem on November 21, 2021. (Instagram / HaShomer HaChadash)
Eliyahu David Kay, killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem on November 21, 2021. (Instagram / HaShomer HaChadash)

The funeral for Eliyahu Kay, the Israeli man murdered today in a terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem, will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot cemetery.

Despite signs of COVID rise, Bennett predicts no major restrictions in winter

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett comments on the reversal of the downward trend in COVID-19 infections, saying no severe restrictions are planned during the winter since Israel is well-prepared to fight a new wave and the potential emergence of a new, vaccine-resistant variant.

In a press briefing two days before kids aged 5-11 start getting their vaccines, Bennett says the current slight rise is mainly among children, most of whom cannot yet be vaccinated, and is an indication Israel could be facing a “mini-wave” focused on children, citing statistics showing most of the recent infections are among minors.

He calls on almost a million Israelis who haven’t taken their booster shot despite being eligible to do so. He says Israel is working to purchase COVID medications but adds: “I much prefer preventing the disease over treating it.”

Minister announces allocation of $50 million to fight violence against women

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli leads a Labor party faction meeting at the Knesset on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli leads a Labor party faction meeting at the Knesset on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, the chairwoman of a new ministerial committee on gender equality, announces the allocation of NIS 155 million ($50 million) for a national plan to combat violence against women.

“It’s about time we moved from talk to actions,” Michaeli says at the first meeting of the committee, formed last month.

She says violence against women should be viewed as a societal challenge that requires protection and aid for victims.

Michaeli also says the government is working on a law bill to recognize and act against economic abuse.

Ultra-Orthodox mayor said questioned over cold-case murders from ’80s, ’90s

Hebrew media reports that the ultra-Orthodox mayor of an unnamed city is being questioned by police over his suspected involvement in cold-case murders from some 30 years ago.

The case is linked to an extremist ultra-Orthodox sect. Over 10 people have been detained recently over the suspected murder of a teenage boy and the unsolved murder of a man in the 1980s and 1990s.

Police: Indications increasing that Jaffa stabbing was a terror attack

Police at the scene where a 67-year-old man was stabbed in Jaffa, November 21, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Police at the scene where a 67-year-old man was stabbed in Jaffa, November 21, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Police say that after an initial interrogation of a Palestinian suspect in the Jaffa stabbing attack earlier today, indications are increasing that the incident was a terror attack.

Authorities initially believed it was an attempted robbery. A 67-year-old Israeli man was moderately injured.

If confirmed, it would be the second terror attack of the day, after a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City killed a man and injured four.

Palestinian arrested over Jaffa stabbing during suspected attempted robbery

A Palestinian man is arrested as a suspect in the stabbing of a 67-year-old Israeli in Jaffa earlier today.

The 18-year-old suspect is from the Jenin area in the West Bank and was staying in Israel illegally.

The incident is believed to have been an attempted robbery, although authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility that it was a terror attack.

The victim, moderately injured, is being treated at Wolfson hospital and is fully conscious.

Reversing coup, Sudan’s Burhan and PM Hamdok agree to restore transition

Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan signs a deal with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to restore the transition to civilian rule, nearly a month after a military coup.

The 14-point deal, signed in the presidential palace in Khartoum, provides for the reinstatement of Hamdok as prime minister, and the release of civilian leaders.

After Jerusalem attack, Herzog urges countries to blacklist Hamas as terror group

President Isaac Herzog calls on the international community to recognize Hamas as a terror organization after today’s fatal shooting attack in Jerusalem, committed by a member of the Palestinian group’s political wing.

After landing in London, Herzog tweets condolences to the family and friends of the fatality in the attack, Eliyahu David Kay, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Israel’s health providers say parents can now book vaccine appointments for kids

Israel’s four health providers say that parents can now make appointments to vaccinate their children aged 5-11 against COVID-19, after a shipment of 1 million kid-sized Pfizer doses arrived yesterday.

The announcements by the Clalit, Maccabi, Leumit and Meuhedet HMOs come as inoculation is set to begin on Tuesday.

Israel to sign solar power deal with Jordan in UAE, official confirms

A general view shows part of a new 15 million euro ($17 million) solar plant during its official inauguration at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on November 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)
A general view shows part of a new 15 million euro ($17 million) solar plant during its official inauguration at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, on November 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi)

Israel is set to sign a declaration of intent with neighboring Jordan on building a major solar power plant in the kingdom that will be used to generate electricity for Israel, as well as power a desalination plant there to send water onto Jordan, says National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata, confirming previous media reports.

The deal will be signed in the United Arab Emirates tomorrow between the two countries’ energy ministers, says Hulata at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, an annual event hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“The Abraham Accords are the enabler of such an important agreement to promote the national security of both of our countries,” Hulata says, referring to the diplomatic deal that saw the Emirates and Bahrain recognize Israel last year.

Hulata gives no cash value for the project. News site Axios has previously reported the deal will see Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based clean energy firm, build the plant. Israel would pay $180 million a year for the power, to be split between the Emirates and Jordan, Axios reported.

Rabbi injured in Jerusalem shooting attack hails ‘miracle’ from hospital bed

Rabbi Zeev Katzenelnbogen speaking from his bed at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City, November 21, 2021. (Hadassah Medical Center/courtesy)
Rabbi Zeev Katzenelnbogen speaking from his bed at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City, November 21, 2021. (Hadassah Medical Center/courtesy)

A rabbi wounded in a deadly shooting attack earlier today says he was returning home from morning prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City when he was hit by a bullet.

One person was killed and four wounded in the shooting before officers shot and killed the terrorist, an East Jerusalem resident whom Hamas identified as one of its members.

Rabbi Zeev Katzenelnbogen, a 46-year-old father of eight, says he was still wearing his phylacteries (tefillin) and prayer shawl (tallit) when the shooting started.

“I didn’t really understand what was happening… in a split second I got a really strong pain in the arm right at the spot of the tefillin,” he told reporters from his hospital bed at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Katzenelnbogen, who was moderately wounded, says he then turned back in the direction of the Western Wall to find a building to enter.

“I understand the great miracle, the benevolence that God did for me,” he says. “In a second I could have lost my life and I received it as a gift.”

“It’s written that the tefillin are connected to the heart… There’s a connection to God and you feel it, you feel covered, you feel protected,” the rabbi adds.

When asked by a reporter, he says he does not know if the tefillin slowed the bullet down.

The others wounded in the attack are yeshiva student Aaron Yehuda Imergreen, who is hospitalized in serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and a pair of police officers who were lightly hurt and received treatment at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem before being released.

Fatality in Jerusalem terror attack named as Eliyahu David Kay

The man killed in today’s terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City is named as Eliyahu David Kay, 26, from the city of Modiin.

Kay, a recent immigrant from South Africa who was employed at the Western Wall, was shot dead by a Palestinian gunman.

He was taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, where he was pronounced dead.

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