Series of Earthquakes Hit Israel's North

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SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES HIT ISRAEL'S NORTH: An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was reported in the cities of Tiberius and Safed in the north of Israel Thursday morning 5 July 2018. An earlier earthquake was felt by residents of the Haifa and Western Galilee region at around 10:45 p.m. on Wed. night. That quake was measured at 4.5 on the Richter scale, according to the Israeli Geophysical Institute. The quake reportedly reached southern Lebanon and northeastern Jordan. There were no reports of damage or injury. On Saturday, 7 July 2018, an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale shook northern Israel at 5:00 a.m. Another earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale was felt east of Tiberias on Sunday evening 8 July 2018. Earlier that day, shortly after 4:40 p.m., a 3.9-magnitude earthquake was felt near Tiberias and the Kinneret. Later on Sunday afternoon, an additional earthquake was felt in the same area, at a magnitude of 3.2. (J.Post) Pray against earthquakes in Israel as the country is long overdue for a major one and is ill-prepared in the event of an earthquake disaster. The last primary earthquake to hit Israel was in 1927, with a magnitude of more than 6 that killed 500 people. A 2016 report by Israel’s Home-Front Readiness Subcommittee found that if Israel were to be struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, an estimated 7,000 people would be killed, another 8,600 injured and 377,000 would be left homeless. In addition, the country could face damages of up to NIS 200 billion.

SERIOUS EARTHQUAKE IN ISRAEL ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: A bigger earthquake than those felt by Israelis over the past couple of days is sure to come – and Israelis should be ready for power outages and if necessary to leave their homes. So warned Amotz Agnon, professor at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University. “Israelis have felt three earthquakes over the past few days; additional ones were recorded by instruments of the Geophysical Institute of Israel. We are sitting on a place that has produced major earthquakes in the past. They are centered on this belt which we call the Dead Sea rift – and it has generated earthquakes that were very devastating,” he noted, referring to the 1837 magnitude-6.5 earthquake which struck the Galilee, killing an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people. Asked how civilians can prepare for a more serious earthquake, Agnon recommended that they stock up on items such as torches, batteries and portable stoves in preparation for a few days without electricity, gas and water. In addition, he recommends that parents educate their children about what to do in case of an emergency.

Geologist Dr. Ariel Hyman said on 5 July 2018 that there is a big chance of a strong earthquake hitting Israel and that hundreds of people are likely to die in such a situation. In addition to buildings being destroyed, the damage to critical infrastructures such as electricity, water and communication is expected to be great. According to Israel’s National Emergency Authority, there are 80,000 buildings, including schools and hospitals, over three stories high that were built before 1980, and therefore not constructed to current standards. Last May, the government announced that Canadian company Nanometrics had been selected to install an early-warning earthquake system in the Dead Sea Valley, the Jordan Valley and the Haifa area – all earthquake-prone regions. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman noted that last year his ministry carried out the biggest drill in preparation for an earthquake and “learned many lessons, one of which was the need for a multi-year defense plan for the home front and especially for the north.” This month, he said, he would present it to the cabinet and is confident that the plan, which addresses threats posed by both war and earthquakes, will receive the green light. The big question is whether it will be implemented in time. (J.Post)

ISRAEL DOG UNIT TRAINS FOR MAJOR RESCUE MISSIONS: After this week’s earthquakes in Israel, the Israel Dog Unit (IDU) staff continues to train as many rescue dogs as possible to search wreckage sites for missing persons trapped under buildings collapsed by an earthquake or missile attack. As a result of the earthquakes, the IDU held a demonstration and training session at a wreckage site to locate people trapped under ruins by rescue and cadaver dogs. Media, Knesset Members, government ministers, and rescue forces were invited to observe the exercise and learn how to improve the response to earthquakes and natural disasters in the national emergency system. IDU Commander Mike ben Ya'akov said "Israel isn't prepared for the next major earthquake. After yesterday morning's [3 July, 2018] earthquake, last night there were more, which is a bad sign. Scientists predict a major seismic event here every 90 years or so, and it's now been 91 years. In the event of a major earthquake or missile attack, thousands would likely die God forbid, and thousands more would be trapped. It's vital that we prepare as many dogs and handlers as possible." Tiberias Mayor Yossi Ben David has urged the government to implement a plan to strengthen buildings against severe earthquakes. (Arutz-7)

GOLAN RESIDENTS START VIRAL CAMPAIGN TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES: The Golan Regional Council has launched an initiative to collect items for children and humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in southern Syria. Hundreds of thousands have been forced flee their homes and villages to the buffer zone near Israel’s Golan border as fighting between the Assad regime and the rebels intensifies. “The refugees have arrived at the buffer zone without basic equipment for proper survival,” said Golan Regional Council head Eli Malka. Malkaexplained that in the coming days there will be a mobilization and collection of items in each of the communities, and from there it will be taken to the council’s center and transferred to the IDF, which will give out the aid and items to Syrian refugees. “These are our neighbors and we see this as a mitzvah to help them in times of trouble,” said Malka. Last week, the IDF transferred humanitarian aid as part of a special operation, which took place over several hours. Hundreds of tents were transferred along with 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, medical equipment and medicine and 30 tons of clothing and footwear. This humanitarian aid was specifically transferred by the IDF to camps where Syrians fleeing hostilities are residing in the southern and central Syrian Golan Heights. (Arutz-7) Israel is pouring much needed aid into the southern and central Golan heights simply because the Jewish state is a merciful and caring nation. Pray that in addition to saving lives and giving hope, besieged Syrians who are recipients of these gifts and provision will develop a more positive view toward Israel than they have been indoctrinated with by religious and government leaders.

UK JEWS BLAST LABOUR FOR ATTEMPT TO REDEFINE ANTI-SEMITISM: The UK Labour party has adopted a new definition for anti-Semitism, drawing criticism from local Jewish leaders. The new 16-page code of conduct regarding anti-Semitism, which was released in full on 5 July 2018 was heavily influenced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism – a standard used by many agencies around the world, as well as the British government. But the Labour party also included controversial changes to the code, limiting the definition of anti-Semitism – particularly with regards to issues revolving around Israel and Zionism – in what critics say is a transparent bid to shield Labour party members from accusations of bigotry over their anti-Israel rhetoric. Item number 13, for instance, grants immunity even to members who denounce the establishment of the State of Israel. Accusations of apartheid by Israel also appear to be singled out for protection. So does discussion of – including critical comment on – differential impact of Israeli policies on different people within its population or that of neighboring territories. The new code also defended use of the terms “Zionism” and “Zionists” in criticism of Israel, while acknowledging that they are at times used as anti-Jewish slurs or to refer to Jews generally.

British Jewish leaders blasted Labour’s adoption of the new code, saying it was “impossible to understand” the party’s thinking in making the changes. The new definition was adopted following years of scandals involving anti-Semitic comments by party members and criticism over the party’s alleged refusal to confront some over their anti-Semitism. Over the last several years, dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements. Party chief Jeremy Corbyn himself has been accused of holding anti-Semitic views by senior UK Jewish leaders. Corbyn has also been criticized for calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups. In March 2018 thousands of protesters gathered outside Parliament to condemn anti-Semitism in the Labour party. (Arutz-7)

MOSSAD RECOVERS WRISTWATCH OF LEGENDARY ISRAELI SPY ELI COHEN: Israel’sMossad national intelligence agency has recovered an important personal item belonging to the legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen. Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew, worked as an undercover Israeli agent in Egypt and Syria before he was discovered and hanged in 1965. By the time of his discovery, Cohen had managed to climb the ranks of the Syrian Defense Ministry, becoming the top adviser to Syria’s Defense Minister. In a special operation recently, Israel’s Mossad managed to recover Cohen’s wristwatch and return it to Israel, it was revealed on 5 July 2018. PMNetanyahu praised the Mossad following the revelation of the watch’s return. "I commend the fighters of the Mossad for the courageous operation, the sole objective of which was to return to Israel a memento from a great fighter who greatly contributed to the security of the state."Mossad director Yossi Cohen said the fallen spy's memory had become part of Israel's "heritage". (INN)

RESEARCHERS AT TEL AVIV U. DEVELOP NANOPROBES TO PINPOINT CANCER CELLS: Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed smart nanoprobes that turn on a florescent light in presence of cancerous cells, which they say “may dramatically improve” post-surgical outcomes for cancer patients. The researchers created a so called “smart probe” that, when injected into a patient a few hours before surgery to excise a primary tumor, will help surgeons pinpoint where the cancer is situated down to several cancer cells, permitting them to guarantee the removal of more cancer cells, and with the least possible damage to surrounding healthy tissue. (Times of Israel)

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