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Jerusalem Mayoral Election Heats Up

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21 Jun 2018 (All day)
Jerusalem Mayoral Election Heats Up
The race to succeed outgoing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat heated up a bit this week, with Barkat issuing a formal statement endorsing Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin. On Thursday morning, Elkin received another endorsement from the leaders of the settler councils in Judea and Samaria. "Minister Elkin has supported the settlement of Judea and Samaria for many years, and contributed to the construction, development, legislation and the advancement of Jewish sovereignty [in the West Bank] in the various positions he has held over the years," the leaders of the settler council wrote in an open letter to voters in the capital. "Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish people, and it deserves a mayor who sees this duty as a Zionist mission, and who has experience in advocating for Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the State of Israel. We are certain that Elkin will protect the unity of Jerusalem, will fulfill the vision of Greater Jerusalem and could promote the construction and development in all part of the city — both east and west."

The Jerusalem Mayoral election in October has largely overshadowed another electoral drama going on largely behind the scenes to determine who will be the next leader of the Jewish Agency. According to scattered reports, several candidates are being considered to replace outgoing chief Natan Sharanksy, with sharp disagreements on the subject between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who favors Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, and the Agency’s own Board of Governors, who favor Opposition Isaac Herzog. Other candidates are also being considered, with a week to go before Sharansky officially steps down.

Hamas Violently Disperses Protests in Gaza 
Reports emerged this week that a protest held by Palestinian residents of Gaza City on Monday was violently broken up by plain clothes members of the internal security forces of the Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the Strip. The demonstration, which was being held to protest against the division between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, as well as the related issue of PA sanctions against Hamas, was attended by roughly 1,000 people, according to witnesses.

In related news, an indictment filed in the Beersheeba District Court on Thursday against Gaza resident Mahmoud Omar for various terror-related activities included a confession that Hamas had paid the family of an 8-month old baby who died recently of a blood disease that she had, in fact, died after inhaling tear gas fired at crowds of rioters along the Gaza-Israel border.

BDS Bullies South African Celebrity Into Submission
South African supermodel Shashi Naidoo recently posted comments in which she defended Israel’s defense of its border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. This led to her receiving multiple death threats and having several of the commercial endorsements she uses to earn her livelihood being cancelled. By Wednesday of this week, she had been bullied into attending a press conference with the BDS South Africa chairman Farid Essack, who unapologetically declared that his purpose was "in general [so that] people learn to exercise greater caution.  There aren't many people...who are going to be hastening with quotes defending colonialism for example, and there's a reason to that."

Here is a video in which Israeli PM Netanyahu talks about some of the ways Israel is pushing back against the BDS Movement

Rivlin Meets with Israeli-Arab Female Police Officers
President Reuven Rivlin met with a group of 29 female Israeli-Arab police officers this week, telling them among other things that they will play an important role in the government’s ongoing efforts to reduce crime in Arab villages and neighborhoods around the country. He also noted that in the last two years, 728 Arab citizens have joined the police, including 74 women of whom 50 are Muslim.

Today's video shows a recently held roundtable discussion about regional security issues affecting Israel