Ceasefire Deal, Ipinatupad sa Pagitan ng Gaza at Israel

admin   •   November 22, 2012   •   1979

Sa pamamagitan ni US Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, nagkasundo ang Israel at Hamas group sa Gaza na magpatupad ng ceasefire. (Image Credits: Google Map and the United States Department of State via Wikipedia)

JERUSALEM – Nagkasundo ang Israel at Hamas group sa Gaza na magpatupad ng tigil-putukan matapos mamagitan si US Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton.

Alas-8 ng gabi kanina (oras sa Israel), mismong si Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr ang naghayag ng bagong ceasefire agreement.

Ang ceasefire agreement ay bunsod ng ginawang mediation ni Clinton na isinugo ni US Pres. Barack Obama upang pamagitanan ang mga bansang nagkakagulo sa sa Middle East.

Epektibo ang ceasefire deal kaninang alas-9 ng gabi (oras sa Jerusalem).

Samantala, bago ang takdang oras ng pinagkasunduang ceasefire, humabol pa ang magkabilang panig sa putukan dahil tatlong tunnel pa sa Southern Gaza Strip ang pinasabugan ng Israel defense force, habang nagpakawala naman ng dalawang rocket sa Northern Gaza ang Hamas group.

Sa nakalipas na walong araw na putukan, umabot sa 140 ang bilang ng mga Palestino ang nasawi habang 5 naman sa panig ng Israel.

Umaasa naman ang mga mamamayan maging ang mga foreign workers sa bansa na tuluyan nang matatapos ang sagupaan ng magkabilang panig upang maibalik na ang kapayapaan sa lugar. (Roselle Agustin & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Three injured in suspected attack near Israeli settlement – military

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

Three people were injured in a Palestinian attack near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, according to early reports by the Israeli military on Friday (August 23).

A military spokesman said the attack was carried out near Dolev, a settlement northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

“Three people appear to be injured at the scene,” the spokesman said, adding that troops were searching the area.

Israeli news reports said the wounded were Israelis, and that Palestinians had thrown an explosive charge near a water spring popular with hikers in the hilly central region of the West Bank. The first reports came shortly after 10 a.m. (0700 GMT).

Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was treating three people in “serious condition”, including a 46-year-old man, a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman. (Reuters)

(Production: Ismail Khadder, Roleen Tafakji)

Israel eases rules on cyber weapons exports despite criticism

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

Monitor reading ‘Cybergym, you’ve been hacked’ | Courtesy: Reuters

Israel, one of the world’s leading suppliers of spyware, is easing export rules on offensive cyber weapons, despite accusations by human rights and privacy groups that its technologies are used by some governments to spy on political foes and crush dissent.

The United Nations and rights groups are calling for stricter oversight, while in Israel, things seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

The government is offering exemptions in the export licensing process, it is planning a reform in regulation, and in general is trying to remove red tape for selling technologies abroad, government and industry officials told Reuters.

From around the world, teams come to Cybergym, a cyber-warfare training facility backed by the Israel Electric Corporation. There experts learn to defend utilities and critical infrastructure from a growing number of cyber attacks. Cybergym’s CEO, Ofir Hason, said Israel is a leader in the field, not just in thwarting such attacks, but also in offensive capabilities. And when it comes to exporting sophisticated surveillance technologies, he said, there is always a risk they will be misused.

Israel is not the only game in town but its surveillance technologies have been linked to allegations of foreign governments spying on journalists, dissidents and critics.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear he has no intention to over-regulate, even though he acknowledged the risks.

Global demand for offensive cyber systems is on the rise. Few countries are able to develop sophisticated surveillance tools on their own, so Israel’s expertise has enticed foreign governments. Israel would never acknowledge whether this includes countries without formal ties, although Israeli technologies have been linked to scandals in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Tel Aviv University Professor Isaac Ben Israel, the father of Israel’s cyber sector and chairman of its space agency, said there was nothing wrong with using these skills to form a bond with neighbours like Saudi Arabia that have shunned formal ties.

Asked if there have ever been problems with exporters, Ben Israel said there have been some instances when licensed companies “cheated a little bit” and withheld information such as which groups would be receiving the hacking tools.

The head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency said cyber warfare is becoming more prominent in the global arena. But he called on private tech companies to coordinate closely with the government to make sure innocent people are not targeted. (Reuters)

(Production; Elana Ringler, Rami Amichay)

Gov’t won’t neglect Filipino families at risk of deportation in Israel – Malacañang

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019

Two Filipino women were arrested on July 23, 2019 along with their Israeli-born children during a crackdown by Israel authorities against foreign workers violating immigration laws.

Malacañang on Monday (August 12) has given its assurance that the Duterte administration will not forsake the hundreds of Filipino families in Israel who are at risk of getting deported.

“I’m sure the Secretary of Foreign Affairs will do something about it. We won’t neglect that,” said presidential spokesperson and chief presidential legal counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo.

Based on reports, around 600 families may face expulsion for not having residency status.

In particular are caregivers and domestic helpers who have been working in Israel for a long time and who had gotten married and have children in the middle eastern country.

Although born in Israel, these children do not have legal status in the country and their parents cannot renew their working visas without risking expulsion. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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