Deadly Jerusalem terror attack focuses attention on Palestinian leader's Hamas ties, anti-Jewish incitement


A Palestinian terrorist on Wednesday killed a three month old baby and injured at least 8 other Israelis, plowing into them with a car while they were waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Post reporter Ben Hartman conveyed statements from the murdered baby's grandfather describing the attack in more detail: the terrorist "sped up, hit [the] baby stroller, sent [the] infant flying 10-20 meters," where "she hit her head on pavement [and] suffered cranial bleeding." The attacker has been confirmed as Hamas member Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi - the nephew of the Palestinian terror group's former top bomb-maker Mohiyedine Sharif - and Hamas reportedly boasted that the attack was a response to Jews on Palestinian land. Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat told Israel's Channel 1 that three of the victims were Americans who had recently moved to Israel, while other reports went further and identified the three as the murdered baby and both of the parents. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf could not confirm that any Americans had been injured in the attack, though she emphasized that that the Obama administration was "concerned" about the incident and "obviously condemn[s] any such acts." Meanwhile Mark Regev, the spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blasted Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for continuing to sit in a Palestinian unity government with Hamas and for recent statements in which Abbas had lashed out against Jews living in Jerusalem. The Palestinian leader had called for Jews to be barred from accessing Jerusalem's Temple Mount - he referred to them as "cattle herds" - and accused them of launching a "fierce onslaught on Al-Aksa Mosque, Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre Church." Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman had criticized the speech, accusing Abbas of "ramp[ing] up incitement against Israel and the Jews" and of "call[ing] for a religious war." The Associated Press (AP) had assessed that the "heightened rhetoric" was "an apparent sign of desperation" by Abbas.


Telefónica, a leading global telecoms company, is partnering with Jerusalem-based technological incubator VLX Ventures (Van Leer Xenia Ventures) to make potential investments in Israeli startups focusing on video, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, smart homes, wearable technology and future communications. Chosen companies will receive investment capital and also the potential to scale their products to some 300 million Telefónica customers around the globe. The planned collaboration is part of Telefónica’s Open Future program. “Joining forces with Telefónica is strategic for Israeli startups, and supplies them with the highest level of professional support, funding and a partnership with a leading strategic global company,” said VLX Ventures CEO Ori Choshen. “Our goal is to put together several joint investments every year and to continue to expand our collaboration from year to year. Collaborating with a significant player such as Telefónica provides young companies with the opportunity, from the early development stages, for professional cooperation with a strategic partner that can invest in their promotion and development, and is a potential giant client for the solutions they are developing.” Telefónica – whose strongest markets are Spain, Europe and Latin America — has had a presence in Israel since 2010 and a team focused primarily on R&D for “future communication” products. In July 2013, Telefónica joined Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in an R&D Cooperation Framework in which the OCS provides a one-stop shop to enable new opportunities for collaboration between Telefónica and Israeli startups. (via Israel21c)

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