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Today’s Top Stories
1. Another Gaza flotilla due to set sail on Friday. Unlike previous flotillas, this one’s voyaging *from* Gaza to test the six-nautical-mile sailing limit. From YNet:
The act of demonstration is being done in conjunction with Palestinian fishermen, said the message that the activists published, who are demanding that the Israelis extend their fishing area. The activists say the purpose of the flotilla is to remind the world that Gaza is still under a naval closure.
2. The IDF’s medical team left the Philippine, handing over the Bogo field hospital and its equipment to German and Austrian aid workers. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what the Israelis accomplished in nine days on the ground, based on the Times of Israel.
148 — members of the Israeli medical team
2,600 — overall patients treated
800 — babies treated
More than 300 — patients served per day
3. Activist Daniel Seidemann blamed “the occupation” after Palestinians stoned his car in eastern Jerusalem. Seidemann detailed it all on Facebook posts one and two, which got the Jerusalem Post‘s attention. I hope he gets better. Does Seidemann realize he’s inciting Palestinians to continue stoning him?
But this ends not when Palestinians behave better, or when our Shin Bet becomes more efficient. It ends when occupation ends. Until then, I remain a symbol of that occupation, and not without reason. And no good deeds, as it were, will redeem me or protect me.
4. Obstinate NY Times Provides Picture of Bias: If misleading readers’ emotions does not justify a correction, is the paper is genuinely concerned with getting the story right in the first place?
5. The NSWJBD/Honest Reporting Israel Mission continued with a day in Hebron and Gush Etzion. Misson participant Diane Shteinman describes it all at J-Wire.
Israel and the Palestinians
• Khaled Abu Toameh weighs in on Saeb Erekat being resigned (pun intended) to the peace talks:
Erekat will probably enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of times he supposedly resigned.
Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Reuters: The prime minister’s top security advisor, Yossi Cohen, was dispatched to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• The Zaatari refugee camp, home of 150,000 Syrian refugees, is a bleak place of lawlessness, restlessness, and squalor. No wonder The Independent found a lot of refugees would rather go home and fight:
Resources are stretched. Food is minimal. Accessing healthcare is a challenge. And some refugees report that the drinking water supplied at the camp is contaminated, spreading disease.
Other factors prompting Syrians to consider leaving the camp include rising lawlessness. With no judicial system in place theft and violence is common and goes unpunished.
• The BBC visited the Sieff Hospital in Safed where an Israel-Arab social worker deals with the ups and downs of frightened patients.
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