ILTV Weekly Review – August 27, 2021

ILTV Weekly Review – August 27, 2021

[Music] hello everyone now i know that it’s hard to keep up on top of what’s going on in the holy land but if you want to know more about what’s happening here in israel i’m aaron porus and this is the weekly review the israeli defense forces now thoroughly investigating the violent clashes seen over the weekend along the israel gaza border classes clashes which allowed an israeli soldier to be shot in the head at point-blank range and the findings so far as expected not very encouraging strong words from prime minister naftali bennett the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on sunday but initial idf investigations are placing shmueli’s shooting at the idf’s feet the military probe into the massive palestinian riots along the northern gaza border last saturday stating that israeli troops were severely underprepared and blinded at times to the danger and the idf already suggesting a few explanations first soldiers were reportedly surprised by the size of the crowds having expected fewer people then when the huge crowds began to rush the border the idf refrained from immediately opening fire for fear of hitting civilians nearby and finally once the crowds got close enough strong defenses became liabilities i.e the small sniper hole transformed from a good defense into a funnel for enemy fire which soldiers could not see coming soldiers like 21 year old staff sergeant barela darya shmueli who was left in critical condition with a bullet wound to the head in any case bennett vowing that hamas will pay a heavy price though proper retaliation as bennett defines it may take time as negotiations with hamas are ongoing instead then other pressures are mounting egypt for one announcing the full closure of the border crossing with gaza starting monday and lasting until further notice hamas for its part however alleging that the shooting was a quote independent unplanned action by a single individual who decided to respond to the sniper and quote likewise the idea of confirming that hamas’s supposed restraining forces were present on the border but analysts expect that this narrative is purely for relieving some of the pressures placed on hamas by egypt in fact some hebrew media citing unspecified sources saying that the gunman was himself a member of the hamas restraining force and arab media monitor abu ali express reporting that armed factions in the strip are already planning to renew clashes along the southern gaza border near khan yunis wednesday afternoon tensions in the south along the border with gaza continuing to rise as terrorists use incendiary and explosive balloons to spark at least nine fires on monday afternoon alone and the idf for its part responding with air strikes israeli air force fighters striking several hamas targets overnight on tuesday including a weapons factory a tunnel entrance and an underground rocket launcher placed right next to a palestinian school this in retaliation against a recent uptick in terror along the gaza-israel border including massive renewed rioting cross-border shootings and most recently the resumption of incendiary balloons fire and rescue services responding to at least nine fires across the southern eshkol region on monday and hamas previously threatening to continue riots into wednesday hamas and other palestinian terror groups in the strip reportedly considered their sporadic attacks as pressure on israel to ease restrictions on the strip hamas allegedly trying to draw a more forceful response from the idf which hamas can then retaliate against and use at the bargaining table during ongoing ceasefire talks with israel in egypt though the violence is seemingly backfiring for now egypt has indefinitely closed the border as punishment for hamas recent actions and only israel’s crossing remains open for aid humanitarian or otherwise israel also okayed the transfer of qatari funding via the u.n and all this in apparent efforts to bolster the ceasefire talks in fact the only thing preventing a stronger response from israel already is reportedly the upcoming meetings between prime minister bennett and presidents al-sisi from egypt and biden from the u.s that said israel’s hesitancy to engage more heavily with hamas may soon come to an end israeli authorities have repeatedly vowed to respond to every aggression from gaza and security officials speaking on condition of anonymity saying that another war between israel and gaza terror groups likely inevitable in other news israelis over 40 now eligible for their third covid vaccine booster shots and the effects of the boosters thus far very encouraging the rate of serious new infections continuing to fall despite infections in general continuing slightly to rise so we had the 60s 50s now 40s we’re giving them third vaccines and i think it’s the only way to get off the pandemic and the only way to finish with all of this and i think everybody needs to come and do it as soon as it’s possible we believe that the third booster shot is important to overcome the waning immunity that we see among the elderly who have received their shots over five months ago and in order to properly mitigate the impact of the delta variant on the israeli population in view of the ensuing rates of infection and the increasing rates of severe morbidity that are threatening to reach a surge the surge capacity of our hospital system in a month or so meantime although already using pfizer and modern as vaccines israel’s still testing its own homegrown concoction bree life created by the iibr which is under the defense ministry’s umbrella and high doses of the drug currently in clinical trials may provide even longer term protections than the pfizer biointex vaccine that most israelis have received but arguably most importantly is not vaccines at all israeli researchers also still testing a coveted treatment which if proven effective could render the virus virtually toothless mesenchire by bonus bio group now heading for phase two clinical trials with any interested israeli and greek hospitals invited to join in and the results so far looking incredible with 88 percent of serious patients released from hospital within just days of receiving their last dose of the drug the drug discovered to reduce inflammation and alleviate respiratory systems or symptoms among other issues caused by covet 19. most impressively at least 90 percent of the patients aged 45 to 75 also had comorbidities now regardless of regulations and restrictions the best way to avoid coronavirus infection remains vaccination particularly if you want to avoid serious or critical illness at least so says recent health reports and with israel playing the part of vaccine lab rat for the entire world there’s plenty of data now to back it up the third dose of the covet 19 vaccine is proving 95 effective against the virus including the delta variant some two weeks after receipt and even if infected it’s at least 97 percent effective against serious symptoms too this according to the latest from the israeli health ministry data which is closely tracking the health of over 1.67 million israelis that have received the booster shot thus far of course vaccines come with their own risks and many concerned critics are pointing to several adverse side effects that have been associated with the drugs that said new research from israel published to the new england journal of medicine showing that unvaccinated patients face far scarier odds if infected both in terms of the virus and its related issues individuals who receive the pfizer vaccine for example have been reported to suffer from myocarditis or inflammation of the heart but unvaccinated people who get covid are four times more likely to develop this condition likewise among the 24 other potential side effects of the vaccine patients are most likely to experience swollen lymph nodes appendicitis and herpes zoster which can lead to chickenpox and shingles but unvaxed patients face greatly increased risk of not just myocarditis but pericarditis arrhythmias heart attacks strokes pulmonary embolism deep vein thrombosis acute kidney damage and more so please if you’re eligible go and get your vaccination moving on a state inquiry into the horrific mount meron stampede that left 45 people dead is now hearing testimonies and the police’s northern command chief shimon lavis speaking as the first witness is so far gross negligence from officials organizing and guarding the event is becoming abundantly clear la vie explaining that police were left completely out of the loop regarding regulations at the festival additional lavish stressing that officials were under prepared to respond to the havoc adding that he was informed only a day prior to the pilgrimages that no pandemic related measures would be in place on the other hand rabbi shmuel rabinovic rabbi of the western wall and holy sites denying any knowledge of the dangers telling the commission that organizers quote didn’t know there was a problem and that nobody told us there was an issue with the dove bridge that said the [ __ ] tragedy coming after years and years of continued warnings arguing that the venue was not safe for such an event in fact some reports such as the one issued by the fire and rescue services was issued just eight days before the lagba oma incident and it came complete with a specific list of necessary repairs and areas of concern all of which were ignored in any case you can decide for yourself whether or not you believe organizers are guilty the hearings are open to the public and are available for streaming online with former supreme court chief miriam nao heading the panel and reporting any suspicions to the israeli attorney general now as the jewish high holidays begin thousands of worshipers are expected to visit the western wall plaza in jerusalem so the health ministry and the western wall heritage foundation partnering to prepare the space for safely handling the crowds hana rivkin with the details for at least the last three centuries a rabbi with the western wall heritage foundation arrives with a team of cleaners to clear out thousands of prayer notes from between the cracks of the stones at the holy site and assuming the notes bear the name of god in writing they are buried atop the mount of olives but that’s not the only annual tradition now beginning it’s just the only tradition seemingly unaffected by coronavirus every year as the summer ends hundreds of thousands of jews arrived to pray at the western wall the visitors asking god and their community members for forgiveness or before rosh hashanah or the jewish new year and yom kippur the day of atonement so to prevent the events from becoming coveted super spreader incidents israeli authorities taking pre-emptive action starting thursday august 26 the western wall plaza will be divided into prayer capsules with separation barriers being erected entry will also only be limited to 10 000 worshipers at a time and all visitors will be required to wear masks and adhere to instructions from ushers perhaps most importantly though the western wall heritage foundation asking visitors to arrive early in the evenings for services and to try to come in the earlier days of the salih period itself rather than overcrowding the holy site at the last minute before the holidays if overcrowding becomes an issue entry will be closed then finally for those who can’t make it slight services will be live streamed at thecotel.org every midnight on the following days until the eve of yom kippur september 14th ghana rifkin iltv moving on major congratulations are in order an explosive first day for israel at the 2020 2021 summer paralympic games as arab israeli swimmer iyad shalabi has taken gold in the 100 meter backstroke final hatikva israel’s national anthem playing even earlier than anticipated in tokyo this week as 34 year old israeli swimmer iad shalabi stunned the world with his incredible start to this year’s paralympic games shall i be placing first out of six in the 100 meter backstroke final wednesday morning the first day of the competition with a time of two minutes and 28.04 seconds and thus shall be becoming the first ever arab israeli to win a gold medal at the paralympics his medal being israel’s 375th from the paralympics in general though and the 167th for swimming shalaby’s coach yakov binenson choking back tears though saying that he’s very excited that the gold went to shalabi because this is his fourth olympics and he was always in fourth place but he kept going proving that persistence truly pays off likewise shalabhi’s father yusuf saying that he was so thrilled for his son that he cried adding that iaya’s been training for over six years meanwhile as for how the race was decided so fast there were no qualifiers or semi-finals for the competition due to the small number of participants competing with shalabi’s same degree of disability shallabi grew up in shefaram in arab majority city in israel’s north and while born partially deaf and mute it wasn’t until age 12 that he also became a paraplegic losing the use of both legs after falling from a rooftop shallabi has also previously been featured in the documentary short swimming against the current which follows his experiences around the 2015 world championships in scotland now in other news covett may be in the headlines but it’s far from the only disease for which incredible and recent advances have been made scientists at tel aviv university now publishing amazing progress with brain cancer con rifkin with the report an historic moment in the fight against cancer israeli researchers have now found a way to use patients own cells in a form of 3d printing material and they use this biomaterial to make a model of the patient’s tumors in which doctors can test the efficacy of potential treatments before trying them out for real in the body and to complicate things further the scientists from tel aviv university focusing on glioblastoma or the most common form of brain cancer in adults a cancer which is also among the most aggressive carrying with it a very poor prognosis the authors of the study published in the journal of science advances explained that current tumor in cancer models just didn’t do the job one thing that we identified was that the models are incorrect the models we are using for decades are of only cancer cells on a petri dish that is made of rigid plastic that doesn’t have any resemblance to the brain of the patient or of the of people in general and what we wanted to create is a 3d as opposed to two-dimensional plate where we grow the cells in a gel that mimics the tissue of the brain much more accurately and hence this translates to the behavior of the cancer cells meanwhile contributing to the model’s realism we added other cell types that are the environment of the brain those resident cells in the brain like immune cells and other cells that usually sit on the in the brain and blood vessels functional blood vessels that we can flow through them drugs and immune cells red and white blood cells of the same patient finally once printed the researchers pump the imitation tumor with the patient’s blood followed by the potential treatment and a treatment is deemed promising if either the printed tumor shrinks or if metabolic activity is lowered against control groups of benny who leads similar research at the hebrew university of jerusalem calling the study a potential game changer in the field of personalized medicine israel now welcoming its first ever private university the interdisciplinary center in hirsilia and this has the idc finally receiving official university status by israel’s council for higher education 27 years after its founding but iot visa staff nissan has the details the interdisciplinary center in australia or idc in short has been known as one of the most prestigious private colleges in the state of israel established in 1994 with high-end facilities top-of-the-line teachers and an academic level that is equal to that of the ivy league schools in the us but now the school is about to go to the next level israel’s council for higher education headed by education minister fatiha shabitan has officially approved its status as a university it feels like modern-day zionism is being created here at idc herzliya by are being declared israel’s first private and non-profit university be called rachman university we will be the first private university in the state of israel and will be named after the founder and the president of the idc professor this has been the vision and dream of professor reichman for the last 20 years fighting bureaucracy and basically it’s a dream come true this university was founded with a mission statement of zionism the university was actually created in order to create new leadership for the state of israel for the jewish world and the world at large from day one he saw it as a university that was the goal that he said to himself and according to former education minister amnon rubinstein israel will join the countries that have excellent private elite institutions but not everyone is happy about this change as some voices have called out against this decision since a private university might create new classes in society where only the rich and well-connected may be able to afford learning there so when you walk in the campus of idc you see a very good mixture of israelis and international students and the common denominator is the passion is the passion to learn is the passion to innovate it’s the passion to be actually a leading star for the israeli academia there has been so many efforts by the public universities to prevent us becoming a university and i think we have shown them that just it has been done today but despite it all idc has finally reached their goal and became a university thus finally competing with the other universities in israel saving one difference idc will still continue to be a private school without any need for government funding we never asked for a penny from the israeli government and everything you see here in front of you is something which we created ourselves without taking any tax dollars uh from the state of israel tax shekels from the state of israel okay and it’s very very fulfilling we have the largest international school in the country i’m privileged to be the head of it it’s tremendously satisfying that all of these students who came to study here in a college can now put on their cv that they’re graduating they graduated a university and not a college and it’s been a long time coming just like in the 1980s we privatized the israeli telephone company and instead of taking eight years to get a telephone it took eight minutes asaph nisan now talk about reaching for the stars for our final story tonight our pasts and features meeting up in lower earth orbit this is ethan steve israel’s second ever astronaut to be now planning to take a nearly 2 000 year old jewish coin into space with him eli escosido head of the israel antiquities authority presented steve with the coin on sunday in jerusalem but before that the coin was discovered fairly recently in the so-called cave of horrors and it dates back to year two of the bar kochba revolt against the romans the second jewish revolt against the romans which took place around 133 ce or 1900 years ago additionally the coin bears the name of the jewish rebel leader prince shimon balcoch of course the coin not the only piece of israel that is set to accompany steve into the international space station cb’s saying that he’ll be taking quote a bag filled with items that have special significance to him at least one of which had to be a symbol of jewish history in connection to the land finally cb slated to fly to the iss on january 2022 aboard the spacex axiom space one rocket and that’s it for iltv’s weekly review i’m aaron porris see you next week [Music]
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ILTV Weekly Review - August 27, 2021

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