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Armed man hijacks bus in Rio de Janeiro, holds passengers hostage

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

BBC News reported that an armed man is holding passengers hostage on a public bus in the Brazilian City of Rio de Janeiro. Security forces are at the scene and so far 5 hostages have been released with a dozen more still on the bus.


Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky supported religious court decision

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky supported the decision of Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi David Lowe to prevent the burial of the mother of a man who refused to give a divorce to his wife.

This morning, members of the Burial organization went to the rabbi's residence to ask what to do with the deceased whose burial was delayed in accordance with the religious courts ruling. The Rabbi replied "You did right to prevent the burial"

As stated, following the verdict of the Religious Court, the man announced that he would abide by the court's rulings in the future and has now been permitted to bury his mother.


Likud MKs: Gantz scared the Cabinet into not entering Gaza

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Benny Gantz is the last one who has the right to talk about winning the war in Gaza," says Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.


Highway 92 congested both ways between Tzemach and Maagan Junctions

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Highway 92 is congested in both directions between the Tzemach and Maagan Junctions, due to an accident involving three vehicles in which 12 people were lightly injured.

Police are directing traffic at the scene. Drivers are advised to take alternate routes.


Agreement reached with divorce refuser to pave way for his mother's funeral

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The office of Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau has announced that an agreement has been reached with the divorce-refusing husband who was prevented from burying his mother, under which a pledge, backed by a financial guarantee was placed with the rabbinical court, that the man would come to a hearing as soon as possible and comply with its judgments.

As a result, his mother will be laid to rest in the next few hours.


Abuse suspected at Tel Aviv kindergarden

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Police are investigating suspicions of child abuse at a pre-school on Reines Street in Tel Aviv.

A teacher at the school has been questioned following two complaints filed against her.


Affordable-housing plan spoofed in election-related healthcare protest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Activists from the Blue and White Party arrived at hospitals across the country on Tuesday and launched the "Inpatient's Price" campaign to explain the limitations of the current healthcare system, spoofing the Finance Ministry's "Buyer's Price" lottery for affordable apartments for first-time buyers.

Patients and their families were invited to spin a roulette wheel for emergency treatment appointments, beds in hospital corridors and doctor's appointments, among other prizes.In addition, signs were posted on the balconies of apartments near the hospitals, offering the rental of rooms with hospital beds near the hospital as a protest of the lack inpatient beds in the of hospitals.


Ben Ari to Shaked: Sue Haaretz or quit

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dr. Michael Ben Ari of the Otzma Yehudit Party has demanded that Chairwoman Ayelet Shaked of the Yamina Party sue the Haaretz newspaper or resign and hope legal action is not taken against her for interfering in legal proceedings.

Responding to a report that the former justice minister made offers to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu related to corruption allegations against him, Ben Ari explained, "If there was nothing [to the article] sue. If there was [something], it's earth shaking." He also asked why Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit was silent on the matter.


3 evacuated from burning house in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A short time ago, police operating in the Old City were called to the Muslim Quarter, due to a house fire.

Three people were evacuated in light condition.


6-week-old baby girl rescued from a locked car in Be'er Sheva

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A one-and-a-half-month-old baby girl has been rescued from a locked car in Be'er Sheva, where the outside forecast high was 34Celsius/93Fahrenheit, making for the temperature inside the car reaching 53C/127F.

She was lightly affected by the heat and evacuated to Soroka Hospital.


Student killed in Ethiopia is being laid to rest in the north

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Aya Na'amana, the student killed in Ethiopia, is being laid to rest at this hour in the Galilee Arab city of Arraba.


Tel Aviv drowning victim: Father of 2 from Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The man whose body was found this morning near a breakwater off the Tel Aviv shore after he entered the water at the Dolphinarium Beach has been identified as Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Paz, a yeshiva student and father of two from the Giv'at Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Special Units Commander Haim Otamzagin of the ZAKA organization, which identifies victims of tragedies, said, "We call to everyone's attention that being in the water without a lifeguard or on an undeclared beach poses a real risk to your life and without knowing in advance the existence of the risk and when it can hurt us, observe the safety rules and save your lives."


Beaches not as clean as they have been

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Environmental Protection Ministry's "Clean Beach" index for August 1st shows that 61.54% of the beaches measured were rated "clean" to "very clean," compared with 65.15% in the previous index. In the same period last year, 74.24% of the beaches were found to be very clean.

The index's cleanest coastal authorities are: Eilat, Ashdod, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Jisr Az-Zarqa, Gan Raveh, Bat Yam, Netanya and Akko. While it is the responsibility of the local authorities to clean up the beaches being inspected, the ministry provided support amounting to more than 9.3 million shekels, the largest support provided so far.


8 boys questioned on suspicion of sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

It has been disclosed that eight boys between the ages of 14 and 16 were arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of raping an 11-year-old girl last April in a northern city.

The boys were released to house arrest after the judge ruled that the girl's testimony was "raising difficulties".


Toddler in moderate condition after stung by yellow scorpion

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A two-and-a-half-year-old boy was stung by a yellow scorpion on Tuesday and brought to a clinic in Yeruham.

He was evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva', fully conscious in moderate condition.


Watch: Attempted lynch just before Tisha B'av

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Indictment filed against Muslim Arab youth who attacked Jew in Jerusalem.

Yisrael Beytenu signs surplus agreement with Blue and White

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

An agreement on surplus votes in the upcoming Knesset election has been signed between the Blue and White Party and the Yisrael Beytenu Party.

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Hamas drafting Gazans for border protests

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Terror organization searches for people to fill positions of all ranks, urges participation in violent border riots.

Former Jerusalem mufti bans complaints to Israel Police on spouse abuse

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A new Fatwa (Muslim legal ruling) bans Muslim women who have been beaten by their husbands to complain about them to the Israel Police, according to journalist Yoni Ben Menachem.

Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, former mufti of Jerusalem and currently a clergyman at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, published the verdict. The ruling has raised the ire of Muslim residents of Jerusalem.


Rotem Langer, victim of 2002 sniper fire in Shechem, laid to rest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rotem Langer, the paratrooper was critically wounded by a sniper in Shechem in Operation Defensive Shield 17 years ago and died of his wounds at the age of 39 on Tuesday, was laid to rest in the Yehud cemetery.

Langer's sister, Yifat, eulogized him, noting, "For weeks you were between life and death. Although the doctors were pessimistic, you recovered and continued in your rehabilitation. At every stage you proved everything possible. You learned to speak from scratch. You resumed walking gradually and slowly, at every step, you insisted on doing what you wanted."


Tefillin from Tal Saki battle given to lone soldier

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Family of slain IDF soldier Benny Hanani, who fell in the Yom Kippur War, donate his tefillin to a lone soldier who immigrated to israel.

Searches near northern Gaza Strip for mini-drone that left Gaza

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Aerial searches have taken place near northern Gaza due to suspicions that a mini drone from Gaza crossed into Israeli airspace, according to Channel 13 News.

Another report attributed Israeli aerial activity in the area to an air force exercise.


Nathan Eshel: Not behind the leak of Shaked's proposals to Netanyahu

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nathan Eshel, an associate of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has told Channel 12 News that he did not discredit Ayelet Shaked in the Haaretz newspaper.

Eshel said, "I have no connection to this."


Report: Chief rabbi bans funeral for mother of divorce refuser

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau has instructed a Hevra Kadisha burial society not to allow Tuesday's burial of the mother of a man who refuses to give his wife a get (religious writ of divorce), according to Channel 13 News.

The refuser is a hasidic resident of the United States, who has been refusing for more than a decade. A rabbinical court in the US issued a "refusal letter", in order to pressure him to give the divorce.


Helping haredim study technology can help the economy

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Blue and White Member of Knesset Izhar Shay: "Haredi students contribute to Israel's resilience.


Indictment filed against Arab teen who attacked Jew on Tisha B'Av

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Jerusalem-District Attorney's Office has submitted an indictment to the Jerusalem District Court against a 17-year-old Arab for terror through aggravated intentional wounding in a group.

According to the indictment, the defendant was part of a group of youths who attacked a Jew on the eve of Tisha B'Av as he drove his vehicle on Jerusalem's Saladin Street, near the Old City.


PM does not rule out Blue-and-White and Labor joining broad government

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made it clear on Monday during a closed conversation in Kiev, that from his perspective, there is no problem that the government with the haredi religious and Yamina parties will be joined by other parties such as the Labor Party and Blue-and-White.

Netanyahu stressed that the other parties would be in addition to the natural partners and not in their place.

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Prosecutor's declaration filed against suspect in Lod shooting

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A prosecutor's declaration of intent to prosecute has been filed against a 21-year-old from Lod who is suspected of firing a shot on Avishai Alshwili Street in the city, from which a 32-year-old Lod resident was wounded, apparently due to a dispute between the two.

A passerby about the age of 50 was also wounded.


Leader of teachers' union will meet with Finance Minister

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Secretary-General Yaffa Ben-David of the Histadrut Hamorim teachers' union will meet with Finance Minister Kahlon today regarding pension payments and sick days.

Ben-David said, "I hope that the finance minister's entrance into the matter will lead to the them returning everything to the teaching staff that was taken from them over the years. Disabling the system at the beginning of the school year is not a goal. It is a means. But if we do not get back what was taken from us, unfortunately we will have to carry out the threat."


Hearing of Bezeq owner Shaul Elovitch and wife Iris begins

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A hearing has begun in the case of Shaul Elovitch and his wife Iris.

They are suspected of bribery to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the form of positive coverage on the Walla website, where the couple had influence, in exchange for regulatory changes favoring Bezeq, which was controlled by Shaul.


18-year-old lightly wounded in stabbing during Jerusalem brawl

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Police were called to the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem, Monday evening, following a report of a brawl, during which someone about the age of 18 was stabbed in the back.

He was evacuated to the hospital in light condition. The suspect in the stabbing fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterwards at his home. Today, he will be brought before the Magistrates Court for a hearing.


Body of missing Tel Aviv bather found

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The body has been found of the 25-year-old man who disappeared on Monday night after entering the water at Tel Aviv's Dolphinarium Beach.


No bathing at 2 Kinneret beaches due to pollution

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pollution has been found at the Levanon and Gofra Beaches of Lake Kinnert/the Sea of Galilee, following an examination by the Kinneret Authority.

At this time, no bathers are allowed to enter the water at these beaches.


Minister to parents: Demand free Internet and cellular site filtering

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Communications Minister of David Amsalem is urging parents to demand free filtering of offensive sites by Internet and cellular providers.

Amsalem said, Tuesday, "Every day, our children are exposed to violent, blatant and inappropriate content on the Internet. Cellular companies and Internet providers are not letting customers know, as they are obliged to provide free site filtering tools. Therefore, we imposed economic sanctions on them for hundreds of thousands of shekels." He concluded, "Dear parents, stand up for your rights and demand from your Internet and cellular providers, a tool for filtering offensive sites at no cost. We will not compromise on the safety of our children."


Ukraine President to push for allowing synagogue construction

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Jewish leaders meet Ukrainian President Zelensky, thank him for 'fighting corruption and helping the Jewish community.'


Marijuana smuggling thwarted in the Egyptian border area

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The smuggling of more than 100 kilograms of a substance suspected of being marijuana has been foiled in an Israel Police operation in the area of the Israeli-Egyptian border.

Five suspects were arrested.


Lod Mayor: If need be, we'll disrupt airport operations

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mayor Yair Revivo of Lod took part in a demonstration against aircraft noise Tuesday morning at the entrance to Ben-Gurion Airport.

He was cited by the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation as saying, "The airport authority has decided to move the take-off paths over the city at 5 am. We demand quiet and will continue to struggle. If need be, we will disrupt airport operations."


Yair Golan: Emigration from Gaza only to reduce suffering of Gaza residents

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Yair Golan of the Democratic Union has responded to the political source who said Israel wants to encourage emigration from Gaza.

Interviewed by public radio, the former senior officer in the Israel Defense Forces sadi, "If this is done to reduce the suffering of the Gazans - then I can understand, but if it comes from thinking that one day the Gaza Strip will be emptied of civilians and we can return there - it is a dangerous illusion and a disturbed idea."


Yamina: Attacking Ayelet Shaked only brings us more votes

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Yamina leaders Bezalel Smotrich and Naftali Bennett praise chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and promise that the party will only gain from the left's criticism.


Searches continue for man who disappeared at Tel Aviv beach Monday night

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The search resumed Tuesday morning for a 25-year-old man, who entered the water last night at the Dolphinarium Beach in Tel Aviv, after which, contact with him was lost.

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