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20:16

MK Stern: Religious girls enlist despite those who oppose them

Monday, May 29, 2017
Member of Knesset Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) claims that most of the religious public approves of religious girls enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces.
20:14

Tower of David Museum glorifies a terrorist

Monday, May 29, 2017

In a special project of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem to mark 50 years since the Six-Day War, 50 people were chosen to represent the city, including Ali Jiddah, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who took part in a 1968 terror attack against Jews and was imprisoned until he was released in the Jibril deal of 1985.

The project on the website of the Museum of the History of Jerusalem tells of Jada's childhood and feelings following the liberation of the Old City in terms critical of Israel's presence. Jiddah was among the perpetrators of the "Night of the Grenade" in 1968, and he and his friends hurled grenades at innocent people on Strauss Street in Jerusalem, wounding nine. He was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison from which he ran 17 until he was released in the Jibril deal.

20:00

European Parliament told: Adopt antisemitism definition

Monday, May 29, 2017

The European Jewish Congress has sent a letter to all Members of the European Parliament calling on them to support the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism for the European Union at a vote which will take place on June 1st.

Representatives of Jewish communities in EU Member States, led by EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor, wrote, “We fundamentally believe that the absence of accepted definitions of antisemitism in the legislation of some member states and indeed, the European Union itself, acts as a major obstacle in addressing the real security concerns of our communities and thereby preventing the efficient use of resources by governments in their primary role to protect their citizens.”

The letter continued, “We strongly reject attempts by some individuals and political organisations to politicise and marginalise the fight against antisemitism within the fight against all forms of racism and discrimination by denying the contemporary Jewish experience in Europe and attempting to define the identity of Jews as well as the oppression and discrimination of Jews within pre-ordained political categories.”

19:51

Labour leader Corbyn denies honoring Munich murderer

Monday, May 29, 2017

(JTA) — Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, has denied reports that in 2014 he had honored a perpetrator of the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes in Germany.

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19:38

Watch: Millionaire distributes cash at the Western Wall

Monday, May 29, 2017
Jewish millionaire from Chile whose net worth stands at hundreds of millions of shekels distributes 50 and 100-shekel bills at Western Wall.
19:37

AG bans demonstrations at homes of haredi recruiters

Monday, May 29, 2017

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has banned haredi-religious demonstrations against those responsible for recruiting ultra-Orthodox men to the Israel Defense Forces, according to Channel 2 Television.

In a letter to the police commissioner, Mandelblit wrote, "There is no room to grant a license for demonstrations. We must also act against participants who do not comply with dispersal orders."

19:29

Irgun fighter, former MK Mordechai Zipori passes away

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mordechai "Motke" Zipori, a fighter in the Etzel (Irgun) pre-state militia and a senior armored-corps officer in the Israel Defense Forces, passed away on Monday at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv, at the age of 92.

Following his military career, he was a member of the Likud faction in the Knesset from 1977 to 1984, minister of communications and deputy defense minister. He leaves behind a daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow in the Irgun fighters' section of the Segula cemetery.

19:10

Watch 'Holocaust children' unveil memorial to parents

Monday, May 29, 2017
Holocaust survivors have dedicated a new monument in Prague in memory of the parents from whom they were torn away.
19:03

Supervision of local-authority summer-camp prices OK'd

Monday, May 29, 2017

A bill to place government control on the prices of summer camps run by local authorities passed their final readings in the Knesset on Monday without opposition.

The bill is scheduled to take effect in the summer of 2018. Sponsor Yifat Shasha-Biton joined the director-general of the Interior Ministry in calling on local authorities to reduce prices already this summer.

18:53

Cousin of Manchester bomber posted anti-Semitic messages

Monday, May 29, 2017
Terrorist's cousin, who was arrested after the Manchester bombing, posted anti-Semitic messages on his Facebook account.
18:34

Lod complaint: No postal services due to Ramadan

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Jewish residents of the central Israeli city of Lod are complaining that the post office branch to which they are directed to receive service is open only during reduced hours is due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The complaint was brought to the city council, which stated that it intends to carry out a comprehensive examination of the matter.

18:28

Ethiopian immigrants celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah for 35 children

Monday, May 29, 2017
200 members of Tel Aviv's new-immigrant Ethiopian community celebrate a festive Bar Mitzvah ceremony for 35 of their children.
18:18

Interest rate stays at 0.1%

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Bank of Israel announced on Monday that it is leaving the rate it charges commercial banks at a tenth of a percent. In a statement accompanying the decision, the bank said, "The annual inflation rate and 1-year inflation expectations increased but remain below the target range." It noted, "The increase in nominal wages and strong economic activity will contribute to an increase in the inflation rate, while the appreciation that has occurred in the shekel, the increased competition in the economy and measures adopted by the government are expected to delay the return of inflation to the target range."

Commenting on external factors, the bank noted, "Global activity and world trade continue to improve gradually, and according to forecasts, the improvement is expected to continue. The political risk in Europe declined significantly. The interest rate in the US is expected to be increased in June, while in Europe and Japan the accommodative policy continues."

18:15

Weapon returned to Huwara shooter

Monday, May 29, 2017

At the request of Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben Dahan, the police have returned a personal handgun to a resident of the Samarian Jewish community of Itamar who shot and killed a rioter who attacked his car a week and a half ago near a military checkpoint in the Palestinian Authority village of Huwara.

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18:04

Shaked to Naor: Replacement - after a discussion

Monday, May 29, 2017

Channel 2 Television reports Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked has responded to a letter sent to her by Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, saying "Your letter seeks to elect the President of the Supreme Court without any necessity at this time, and before a substantive discussion is held on the subject."

Shaked concluded, "I am sure that as we have arrived at agreements in the past, we will arrive this time as well."

17:52

Arie Bibi to head the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority

Monday, May 29, 2017

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Haim Katz approved on Monday the appointment of former Knesset member Aryeh Bibi as the director-general of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority.

Bibi served in the past as commissioner of the Israel Prisons Service and head of the personnel department of the Israel Police.

17:45

Knesset confirms Ayoub Kara as Communications Minister

Monday, May 29, 2017

By a vote of 44-20 the Knesset has approved the decision to give the communications portfolio to Minister-without-Portfolio Ayoub Kara.

Kara is the first Druze to head a ministry.

17:34

MK Naveh Boker receives an abusive letter

Monday, May 29, 2017

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Nava Boker discovered a letter this week in her mailbox in the Knesset building apparently addressed by journalist Erel Segal. When she opened the letter, she was amazed to find harsh curses and slanderous words that, among other things, accused her late husband of being responsible for his death and that of more than 40 others in the Carmel Fire disaster of 2010, according to Maariv.

The letter also takes the Likud lawmaker to task for her support of soldier Elor Azaria, who is appealing his 18-month sentence and manslaughter conviction for killing a wounded terrorist. Boker said she is relying on the Israel Police to locate the writer and bring him or her to justice.

17:12

Kindergarten staff didn't inform parents about fall

Monday, May 29, 2017

A ten-month-old infant in a Bat Yam kindergarten fell and knocked his head.The kindergarten staff did not inform parents or other authorities.

17:11

Hi Court head: I'll take successor case to Hi Court

Monday, May 29, 2017

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor sent a harsh letter on Monday to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, in which she threatened implicitly that she would file a petition to the Supreme Court against Minister Shaked if Shaked delays the meeting of the Judicial Selection Committee, which is supposed to announce the election of Justice Esther Hayut as the Supreme Court President.

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17:03

PM: No blank check from Trump on the diplomatic level

Monday, May 29, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Monday, "We do not have a blank check on the diplomatic level."

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16:55

Israeli startup fights cancer

Monday, May 29, 2017
The founder & CEO of Belong presents the Israeli start-up that helps cancer patients access basic information about fighting the disease.
16:39

President Rivlin grants woman jailed for life a reprieve

Monday, May 29, 2017
Delal Daud, serving a life sentence for murder of her husband, will be considered for early release by the Parole Board.
16:27

Shmaryahu Interchange reopens

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Shemaryahu Interchange of Highway 2 reopened to traffic on Monday afternoon.

Two of the three southbound lanes were closed to traffic under the interchange bridge after a trailer spilled its cargo.

16:25

Lithuanian Jewish leader apologizes to Russian-speaking Jews

Monday, May 29, 2017
Community leader apologizes for article on the community’s website accusing her opponents of being Russians claiming to be Jews.
16:16

IDF makes provisions for soldiers with food allergies

Monday, May 29, 2017

In recent months, the Technology and Logistics Division of the Israel Defense Forces has formulated a policy to integrate and provide logistical solutions for soldiers with food allergies, so that they can serve in the IDF in a significant way. In the past food allergies provided an exemption from service.

The policy includes the provision of alternatives to the different foods to which a soldier might be allergic. Bases are also being provided with syringes to deal with extreme reactions.

15:55

'I hope the nation of Israel will rise to the challenge'

Monday, May 29, 2017
Journalist and former Member of Knesset Sharon Gal campaigns to raise money for soldier Elor Azariya's legal expenses.
15:54

Arabs steal water from Samarian Jews

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Samarian Jewish community of Migdalim is suffering from a water shortage because area Arabs are diverting the pipes that are supposed to bring water to the community. Migdalim now has to bring in its water by truck.

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15:41

Registration starts for summer school camps

Monday, May 29, 2017

Registration has begun for summer school camps to be run by the Education Ministry for children in grades 1-3.

An estimated 450,000 students will attend the school camps, which will run until July 21. The focus will be on Jerusalem.

15:29

Hotovely: Jerusalem must expand into a metropolis

Monday, May 29, 2017

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Monday, "Jerusalem must expand and become a metropolis. The combination of communities around Jerusalem and the city will help change the demographic balance and allow the suburbs to develop for young couples who cannot live in Jerusalem today."

Speaking at the Greater Jerusalem Conference in the Knesset, organized by Member of Knesset Yehuda Glick (Likud), Hotovely said, "This approach will strengthen both the status of Jerusalem and [address] the building shortage." She concluded, "To make sure that Jerusalem is not divided, we have to strengthen it."

15:15

Haifa judge faces an on indictment building offenses

Monday, May 29, 2017

Prosecutors have informed Judge Zaid Falah of the Haifa Magistrate's Court that the attorney general is considering filing an indictment against him, subject to a hearing, for building without a permit and use without a permit, allegedly committed in an industrial building in Acre, parts of which are owned by Judge Falah and his wife.

The judge and his wife were invited to present their arguments in hearings if they wish. A final decision will be made after the conclusion of the hearing proceedings.

15:02

Rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to widen?

Monday, May 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia continues blocking Qatari news site, slams refusal to isolate Iran; Iran warns Saudi Arabian government 'will be annihilated.'
14:24

Ancient water system found near Beit Shemesh

Monday, May 29, 2017
During excavations in preparation for road construction, Antiquities Authority finds Ottoman-era well.
13:50

Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill to get new amphitheater

Monday, May 29, 2017
In Jerusalem Day ceremony, Australian-Jewish philanthropist pledges financial support for new Jerusalem amphitheater.
13:48

Rivka Hayisraeli is starting down a new path

Monday, May 29, 2017
Wife of the worst-injured soldier from Operation Protective Edge announced her decision to 'start down a new path.'
13:05

'Chotam' ruins the party

Monday, May 29, 2017
Knesset committee discusses religious female soldiers, 'Chotam' organization brings statistics on sexual harassment.
12:58

Report: Kushner asked to leave White House job - temporarily

Monday, May 29, 2017
Fake news or real drama? Report claims Trump administration officials pushing Kushner to step aside as White House aide.
12:29

East Asian supporters of Israel come to Judea and Samaria

Monday, May 29, 2017
On 50th anniversary of liberation of Jerusalem, a group of Israel supporters from Asia visits Samaria.
12:20

'Pay $25,000, or your yeshiva will be destroyed'

Monday, May 29, 2017
Ransom letter sent to Miami Beach yeshiva, warns explosives planted in building will be set off if $25,000 not paid.
11:36

U. of Maryland answers the call for Shabbat-observant students

Monday, May 29, 2017
Religious Jewish students at University of Maryland treated to 'shomer Shabbat' alternative graduation ceremony.
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