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Report: Police probing corruption at Tourism Ministry

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The police are investigating allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Tourism, according to a Tuesday-evening report by Channel 10 Television.

The investigation is focusing on senior officials at the ministry.


Her grandmother hid their Judaism

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Fleeing the violence of Ukraine, 211 new olim disembarked at Ben Gurion today. "We knew we had Jewish roots but did not have the documents."


Super Pharm recalls wellness granola products

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Super Pharm chain has announced that it is recalling granola items from the Life wellness line because of complaints that people have found evidence of insects. Their sale has been suspended, pending inquiries with the supplier. Questions can be directed to Super Pharm's customer-service number:
(09) 972 5151.

The flavors in question are:
Silan, bananas and dark chocolate 330 grams
(barcode 7290109315720)
Halva, dates and almonds 330 grams (barcode 7290109315737)
Tropical mix 330 grams (barcode 7290109315744)
Tropical mix 375 grams (barcode 7290103437732)

All have expiration dates of June 16, 2017.


US: Truce between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Turkish and Kurdish forces in northern Syria have reached a "loose agreement" to stop fighting each other, according to a United States defense official who talked to Agence France Presse on Tuesday.

Using an acronym for the Islamic State group, Central Command spokesman John Thomas said, "In the last several hours, we have received assurance that all parties involved are going to stop shooting at each other and focus on the ISIL threat." Colonel Thomas added, "It's a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days and we are hoping that will solidify."


New Czech atlases write Jerusalem out of Israel

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
After the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Prague complained, Czech authorities ordered their atlases to mark Tel Aviv as Israel's capital.


Police Chief: We have neglected the Arab sector

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Police Commissioner Ronnie Alshich said, Tuesday, that there is a long road to haul regarding law enforcement in the Arab sector, despite recently-announced increases in staffing. Speaking to a bar-association conference, Alshich said the lack of policing is responsible for problems in Israeli Arab towns as well as predominantly-Arab eastern Jerusalem.

Alshich said the police are working to improve relations with the Ethiopian community and that progress has been made in the fight against corruption.


211 new immigrants arrive from Ukraine

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

With the increase of hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border in recent weeks, 211 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine landed Tuesday morning at Ben Gurion International Airport, most of them from the embattled regions in the eastern part of the country.

The immigrants arrived on a flight sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), the IFCJ's 19th flight since the hostilities broke out between the two countries. They will join roughly 4,000 olim from Ukraine who have already made Aliyah with the IFCJ, beginning in December 2014.

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Tel Aviv stocks snap losing streak

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday trading at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange closed with modest gains on most of the featured indices. The TA Composite Index rose .32 percent.

The index of leading dividend payers declined .18 percent.


Near tragedy: Soldier forgotten at firing range

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Israel Defense Forces are investigating an incident on Tuesday in which target practice resumed while a soldier was lying on the firing range, according to Channel 10 Television.

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Marzel invites Arabs to join Otzma Yehudit protest

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Otzma Yehudit will protest terrorism - inside the northern Arab village of Ara. "This is our land, and anyone who doesn't agree isn't wanted here."


Shekel up - pound outpaces dollar, Euro

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The official value of the shekel rose an average of .181 percent, Tuesday, against most of the featured currencies on the Bank of Israel's foreign-exchange list.

The United States dollar was fixed at NIS 3.782, down .158 percent, while the Euro declined .321 percent to 4.2237 shekels. The pound sterling was set at 4.9585 shekels, down .016 percent.


Israel briefs diplomats on aid diversion to Hamas

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Senior officials at the Foreign Ministry and representatives of the defense establishment briefed embassy representatives, Tuesday, on alleged diversion of money and resources to Hamas by the Gaza manager of the World Vision charity.

The briefing followed a closed-door court hearing in which the charges against Mohammed al-Halabi were read, according to Agence France Presse. His attorney said he intends to plead not guilty when the case reconvenes in early October.


Entry to first subsidized mortgage drawing ends tonight

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Registration closes at midnight, Tuesday evening for the Aleph (A) series in the Mechir lemishtaken (mortgage price) drawing.

About 60,000 eligible prospective homebuyers have registered. The Housing Ministry says all those who have started the eligibility application will be eligible for the drawing. Registration for the Bet (B) series drawing starts on Sunday morning at 8:00.


Signal failure backs up trains

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Israel Railways schedule was delayed 10-20 minutes, Tuesday afternoon, due to signal failure across the country, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

The signal problem has been corrected.


Lithuanian towns mark Holocaust massacres of Jews

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Lithuanian president leads a ceremony marking the 1941 slaughter of the Jewish community.


UN organization protests demolition of terrorist's home

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A United Nations organization that coordinates humanitarian aid in the Palestinian Authority protested, Tuesday, the destruction of the home of one of the members of the terror cell that carried out the murder of Rabbi Michael Mark, according to Channel 2 Television.

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Watch: Former Minister laid to rest

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Former Labor Party chief and cabinet minister Binyamin "Fouad" Ben-Eliezer was laid to rest in Holon, Tuesday afternoon.


Herzog: Ben-Eliezer was sensitive to weak and needy

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog eulogized former minister Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer, Monday, as someone with genuine sensitivity to the weak and needy. Speaking at Ben-Eliezer's funeral, he said that sensitivity "found expression in your big contribution to the fact that many Israeli citizens have a roof over their head and welfare."

Referring to Ben-Eliezer's recent poor health and legal problems, the Labor party leader added, "You gave special attention to minorities in our country and you behaved toward them all your life according to the commandment, 'Remember that you were a stranger in a foreign land," and they gave you back that respect and love. And therefore say that I doubt there is another public figure who was the object of the prayers of members of all religions in the Holy Land, every man and woman to his and her god, for the sake of your health and innocence."


Son: Ben-Eliezer knew how to laugh in trying times

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yariv Ben-Eliezer, the son of former minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, eulogized his father, Monday, by saying, "Even in the most difficult circumstances, you knew how to laugh and joke about everything. You were a courageous soldier."

The younger Ben-Eliezer told the thousands in attendance at his father's funeral, "So many people have told me 'this father is not just yours.' You always missed the beautiful and good land of Israel."


Teacher fired for obtaining a driver’s license

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A haredi teacher has been fired after years of service after she received her driver's license.


Haredim lay out terms for Netanyahu's surrender

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
In a meeting with the Prime Minister, haredi-religious politicians lay out terms for their continued participation in the government coalition.


Ben-Eliezer was a fearless fighter who built bridges

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Elder statesman Shim'on Peres eulogized former minister Binyamin (Fuad) Ben-Eliezer, Monday, as "a fearless fighter against terror". Speaking before thousands at Ben-Eliezer's funeral in Holon, the former prime minister continued, "Yet you knew how to stretch out your hand to bring people together, to find allies among our neighbors, to reduce flames between rivals and build bridges."

Peres added, "As coordinator of [government] activities in the territories, you proved that we are not a people who desires war but pursues peace. You eased [restrictions on the [Arab] population of the territories. You created coexistence."


Netanyahu: I loved Fouad

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu eulogized former minister Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer, Monday afternoon.

Speaking at Ben-Eliezer's funeral in Holon, Netanyahu said, "In some meetings I had with him he told me about his childhood and the story of his immigration to Israel. I saw how Zionism, without quotation marks, beat within him. He expressed the idea of revival, the idea of the ingathering of exiles and the idea of the relationship with the Arab world and the minorities living among us. I loved Fouad, and it was hard not to love him."


When a Jewish Holocaust survivor abused Hitler’s henchman

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A Holocaust survivor was assigned to interrogate notorious Nazi Julius Streicher at the end of WWII.He claimed he abused him for three days


'The police have hit a new low'

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Member of Knesset Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) reacts to Jews being arrested for praying outside of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City.


Thousands at Ben-Eliezer funeral

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thousands participated, Tuesday afternoon, in the funeral for former minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who passed away on Sunday.

Among those in attendance were Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, former prime minister Shim'on Peres and Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog.


Israeli soccer idled except for national team

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The chairman and CEO of the Israel Football Association sent a letter to the treasurer and the minister of culture and sport, Tuesday afternoon, advising them that soccer has been idled around the country, except for the national team's preparations for next Monday's opening game of World Cup competition against Italy in Haifa.

The letter cited a delay in the signing of a marketing agreement between the association and the Toto council for regulating sports betting. Another letter was sent to the association's budgetary control group to instruct teams to raise the funds they need to make up for the shortfall from the lack of a marketing agreement.

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Human Rights Watch: PA, Hamas arrest, abuse critics

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Human Rights Watch issued a report on Tuesday that says Palestinian Authority and Hamas security forces in Judea, Samaria and Gaza have been arresting and abusing journalists and activists critical of their leaders, according to Agence France Presse. in a statement, Sari Bashi, the organization's Israel and PA director said the two bodies, "have apparently arrived at similar methods of harassment, intimidation and physical abuse of anyone who dares criticise them."

A spokesman for PA security forces said, "We are committed to the international treaties that we signed and respect for human rights," adding that officers were trained to avoid rights abuses. Gaza Interior Ministry Spokesman Iyad al-Bozum denied torture or political arrests saying the Human Rights Watch report "includes many fallacies."


Apple ordered to pay huge taxes to Ireland.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
EU antitrust regulators have demanded that Apple Computers pay 13 billion Euro in taxes to Ireland.


Beilin's son 'The timing was not right in my opinion'

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gil Beilin, the son of former minister Yossi Beilin, has criticized his father's reaction to the passing of former minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. The younger Beilin told Israel Defense Forces Radio, "It was hard to hear my father's words."

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