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Israeli Firefighters and Nurses Protest Working Conditions

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7 Aug 2018
Israeli Firefighters and Nurses Protest Working Conditions
Israel saw street demonstrations and strikes this week, as public sector workers protested against their difficult working conditions and the slow pace of the government’s efforts to address their grievances. Monday morning saw hundreds of firefighters from around the country gathering in front of the Tel Aviv Government Complex, blocking roads and holding up signs demanding the resignation of Fire and Rescue Services commissioner Brig.- Gen. Dedi Simchi, who has long been derided by rank-and-file first responders as unfit for his position. The firefighters issued a statement declaring that they are protesting “severe damage to their working conditions, in view of the harsh reality of their ongoing activities in the past year, primarily the war on terror kites in the South."

Meanwhile, nurses all over Israel announced a full, open ended strike to begin on Wednesday, protesting the rising levels of verbal and even physical violence directed at members of their profession by the public. “The nurses of Israel have decided that their lives are not expendable,” said Ilana Cohen, chairwoman of the National Association of Nurses. “We have therefore declared a full strike. Until operative measures are taken to resolve the insufferable workload and to protect the medical and supporting healthcare staff, the nurses shall not give in.”

BDS Movement Suffers Another Crushing Defeat
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Monday when the Guangzhou Sino-Israel Biotech Investment Fund launched a new technology incubator in the Chinese mega-city. "This is a very high and unique level of technological cooperation,” said Nadav Cohen, Israel’s consul general in Guangzhou. “I wish this incubator and all the Israeli and Chinese companies good luck and success.”

Israel Blessing Its Arab Neighbors
The Gertner Institute at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, recently launched a website in Arabic designed to provide life saving information to people at risk of developing diabetes. The “Sehatuna” (“our health” in Arabic) website, which features professional medical advice on preventative diet, medication and treatments, has already been visited by thousands of users from surrounding countries including Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt.

Here is a video about Sheba Medical Center

NYT Joins Chorus Accusing Israel of Killing Syrian Scientist
The New York Times published a report Monday citing an unnamed Middle East intelligence official accusing Israel’s Mossad of carrying out a car bomb attack which killed a senior weapons scientist and his driver in Syria over the weekend. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded to the report by telling Channel 2 news that, “Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores. Every time they try to place the blame on us. So we won’t take this too seriously.”

"Assuming that he was indeed involved in terrorist activity, I welcome his departure from the world," added Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, in an interview with Army Radio Tuesday.

Today's video gives a look at relations between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in America


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