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Flooding from Rare June Rainstorm Hits Southern Israel

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13 Jun 2018
Flooding from Rare June Rainstorm Hits Southern Israel
A rainstorm, highly unusual for the month of June, hit several parts of Israel Wednesday morning. Light rain fell in Jerusalem while heavier volumes hit cities in the southern coastal plain, causing flooding in some communities including Sderote, near the Gaza border. Although the rain did damage to vehicles and some structures, it was welcomed by crews fighting fires set by incendiary kites sent into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, while meteorologists warned it would offer only slight relief from an ongoing regional drought.

Syrian Regime Beefs Up Air Defense Units Near Border with Israel
A senior military officer in the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad told journalists on Tuesday that additional air defense units and equipment have been moved to the region bordering Israel. The move comes amidst observable preparations by regime ground forces to launch an offensive against rebel factions in Syria’s southwest.

BDS Movement Suffers Another Defeat
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that “the Israel-Italy Joint Innovation Council for Industrial, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation in R&D has decided to promote eight academic and six industrial cooperative projects at a sum of 15 million shekels per year, over the course of two years.” Israeli Minister of Science, Technology, and Space Ofir Akunis said: “Italy understands the value of investing together with Israel, and is indeed seeking to expand this cooperation.”

15 Families Forcibly Removed from Homes in Elazar Settlement
Israeli security teams forcibly removed 15 families from structures in the Elazar settlement in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank on Tuesday, following an order by the Israeli High Court of Justice that the structures be demolished due to their having been constructed without the proper paperwork. The government had erected modular homes for the residents nearby, and later in the evening, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein held a mezuza placing ceremony at the cluster of modular structures for the evacuated families.

The ceremony followed a day in which around 2,300 police officers faced off against around 500 activists, most of them teenagers, who had attempted to barricade themselves inside the buildings, only leaving as officers physically picked them up and carried them out one by one.

Today’s video gives a testimony by vocal artist Michael W. Smith about his visit to Israel


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