Reports began to trickle in Wednesday evening of a Palestinian terror attack against Israeli soldiers in which a car ran into a group of IDF troops, injuring three, less than 12 hours after a similar incident in Jerusalem that saw a Palestinian man drive into a throng of people at a bus stop, killing an Israeli Druze soldier and injuring more than a dozen others.
The attacks are the second and third of their kind in two weeks – last month an infant was killed and at least eight people were injured when a Palestinian terrorist plowed into a crowd of people waiting at a Jerusalem light rail station. Last week in Jerusalem prominent activist Yehuda Glick was shot in the chest by a Palestinian terrorist, days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that
Palestinian incitement would lead to disaster. Recent months have seen Israeli-Arab friction steadily increasing in and around Jerusalem, as top Palestinian leaders – up to and including
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – claimed Israel was seeking to desecrate and destroy Muslim holy sites on the city’s Temple Mount. Following Glick’s shooting, Abbas sent a letter
to the family of the would-be assassin, calling the Palestinian terrorist a “martyr” and Israeli troops “terrorist gangs.” Abbas has for weeks been criticized by American and Israeli leaders for inflammatory remarks – State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Tuesday told reporters
at the daily briefing that the standard “to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and make clear that violence is unacceptable” was “was not met at all” by Abbas’s letter. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman had already last month accused
Abbas of "ramp[ing] up incitement against Israel and the Jews" and of "call[ing] for a religious war.” Hours after Wednesday morning’s attack in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for continued incitement, which Netanyahu, speaking at a memorial ceremony for assassinated Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, said was “directly responsible” for the most recent wave of violence in Jerusalem.
A delegation from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem won first place among foreign schools at Tokyo Designers Week, October 25 to November 3, for its “How To” project — a series of YouTube videos demonstrating how to make products ranging from cotton candy to a stepstool, and how to do things like picking a lock or charging an iPod using fruit. Design schools from outside Japan may enter their work only in the foreign category, and Bezalel beat out 10 other delegations, from schools in France, Switzerland, Korea, Mexico, England and Taiwan. Tokyo Designers Week, the largest annual event in design and the arts in Asia, attracts more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. “How To” was conceptualized and curated by industrial designers Liora Rosin and Nitsan Debbi of Tel Aviv’s Studio Bet-Melacha, featured by ISRAEL21c in January 2013. “As designers and instructors at Bezalel, we are curious about how knowledge is accumulated and passed on from masters to students and from new masters on YouTube,” Rosin told ISRAEL21c, “even if it’s an 89-year-old teaching a specific kind of knitting.” The duo debuted “How To” at Beijing Design Week in late 2012, using clips made by eight Israeli and six Chinese designers. The prize-winning Bezalel team included Gal Bulka (industrial design), Dana Ben-Shalom (industrial design), Yoav Perry (visual communication), Etan Alva (visual communication) and Eran Barbakov (ceramics and glass). Judges called their five “How To” productions “excellent and brilliant.” (via Israel21c)