Latest News Briefs (Page 5)


Traffic disruptions at J'lem's Bridge of Strings

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Disabled persons demonstrating at the entrance to Jerusalem have caused traffic disruptions near the Bridge of Strings.


Political considerations motivate construction approval

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lior Zebrag, an expert on Judea and Samaria construction, cools excitement over approval by the Supreme Planning Council of new construction in Judea and Samaria.

Zebrag says that "since the Council is the planning council it is the final part of the building process, but it does not authorize construction according to needs on the ground since it is subordinate to political elements. Only the prime minister and defense minister decide what will be authorized by the council. For this reason many properties remain stuck at the planning stage when they are ready to be built due to political considerations"

Zebrag adds that most of the construction approved is not for construction but at different stages of the planning process, so that the announcements that thousands of units were approved are misleading, since the approval refers mainly to previously authorized units which were in the authorization process.


40 haredim arrested in Bnei Brak demonstrations

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

40 haredim from the Jerusalem faction have been arrested during demonstrations in Bnei Brak over the arrest of 2 yeshiva students who were evading IDF enlistment.

The Jerusalem faction demands that yeshiva students have no contact whatsoever with the IDF, even to defer army service for their Torah studies.


Ziv Shilon,badly wounded in Hamas attack,has a new baby

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Captain Ziv Shilon, who was badly wounded and lost an arm after setting off an explosive device near Gaza in 2012, has returned to Soroka hospital where he was treated five years ago. This time, however, he came accompanied by his wife, who delivered their second child at the hospital.

Shilon said that "Today we merited bringing new life here. I thank the amazing and professional medical staff at Soroka. Next week I will mark five years since arriving here by helicopter in very serious condition. My life was saved by the dedicated work of the trauma unit, the operating room staff and the ward staff."


Yeshiva student evacuated after falling near Ein Gedi

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A yeshiva student was evacuated from the Nahal David stream near Ein Gedi after falling and suffering a head injury.

The student was transferred to hospital by helicopter in moderate to serious condition.


6 killed, 1 injured after Turkish coal mine collapse

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Six people were killed and one injured after a coal mine partially collapsed in southeast Turkey.

Rescuers are searching for another missing miner.



Yehoram Gaon: 'Attack on religious reminiscent of Nazi propaganda'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Yehoram Gaon, a resident of Ramat Hasharon, attacked secular organizations working against a Ramat Hasharon Torah core group, stating that they are 'reminiscent of the anti-Semitic Der Sturmer from times bygone'.

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Marketing of 300 housing units in Beit El approved

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Supreme Planning Council approved the marketing of 300 housing units in Beit El local council, fulfilling a promise the Prime Minister made to residents five years ago.

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Maale Adumim: 7-yr-old hit by car, seriously injured

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A 7-year-old boy was hit by a car and badly injured as he crossed a Maale Adumim road. The boy had not crossed the road at the crosswalk.

MDA teams treated the boy and transferred him to the Hadassah hospital on Har Hatzofim(Mt. Scopus).


Daughter's kidney transplanted in her father

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hundreds attended the funeral of 44-year-old Orit Gur, who died two weeks after falling off a horse during a visit to Georgia with her husband. Orit's father was in hospital under sedation during the funeral, after receiving a kidney transplant. The donor, however, was none other than his deceased daughter, whose final act may save her father's life.

Gur left a husband and two children at her death but had signed an Adi card seven years ago allowing the donation of organs after her death. Besides her father, who had suffered from kidney failure and waited three years for a transplant, Gur's organs were transplanted into 3 other people: A 27-year-old man received her other kidney, a 49-year-old man received her heart and 55-year-old woman received her liver.


Health Ministry: Anti-malaria steps for Cyprus tourists

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

International health organizations are reporting a malaria outbreak in the province of Kyrenia in northern Cyprus.

The region has not suffered from malaria since 1967 and was not on the list of places which require malaria prevention treatment until now.

The Health Ministry is now advising tourists travelling to the region to take anti-malaria treatment before they travel. Tourists are also advised to take steps to prevent mosquito bites such as smearing mosquito repellents and wearing long clothes, as well as closing windows and screens or sleeping with air conditioning.


Haredi anti-enlistment protests continue, 28 arrested

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Police have arrested 28 haredim during protest demonstrations at central Bnei Brak locations. The protesters tried to block a road to protest the arrest of yeshiva students who attempted to evade army service.

Protesters blocked central streets in Jerusalem as well. An unusual event occurred Monday evening when a policeman pointed his gun at demonstrators blocking a Jerusalem intersection. 

Police claim that the policeman was driving along Bar Ilan street when he encountered a violent group of demonstrators who surrounded him and threw stones at his van, while cursing and threatening him.

"At a certain stage the policeman felt threatened and tried to remove the demonstrators. Despite this, the policeman was summoned for an investigation of the incident."




J'lem:Haredim block Jaffa St. traffic, light railway

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tens of haredim are demonstrating and disrupting traffic at the junction between Sarei Yisrael and Jaffa street in Jerusalem. 

Some of the demonstrators are blocking traffic as well as the light rail trains and public transport.

Police are working  at the scene to restore order.


Disabled protesters block streets in central Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A number of streets in downtown Jerusalem have been closed due to protests by disabled demonstrators taking place near the Prime Minister's residence.

Paris square and the Keren Hayesod-King George intersection are closed to traffic. Police are diverting traffic to alternative routes.


Spanish court annuls Catalonia's referendum law

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Spanish Constitutional Court has unanimously annulled the Catalan Referendum Law, approved by the region’s government ahead of the recent independence vote, according to a court spokesman.

The Catalan government responded immediately, with spokesman Jordi Turull criticizing the court's mandate to annul the law, stating that "We are facing an executive power in the state that uses the judiciary branch to block the legislative."

The court ruled that “the law encroached state powers regarding popular consultations,” and that it “violated, among other constitutional principles, the supremacy of the Constitution, national sovereignty and the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation,” El Pais quoted the decision as saying.

In September, the court suspended the legislation while studying its legality. On Monday, two leaders of pro-independence groups were arrested and detained in prison without bail as part of an investigation into alleged sedition by independence supporters before the referendum vote.


NII:Jerusalem employees earn less than national average

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Research and Planning Directorate of the National Insurance Institute(NII) published data regarding wage levels by location.

The data revealed that out of the large towns, Jerusalem suffers from the lowest average wages, 82.1% of the gross average wage, while Ashdod, Beersheva, Netanya employees received 89.7%, 92.9% and 93.3% of gross average wages. In Haifa, Petah Tikva, Rishon Letzion and Tel Aviv, employees earned more than 100% of gross average wages, with 16.1% of Tel Aviv residents earning more than double the gross average wage, as opposed to 6% of Jerusalemites and 7.4% of Ashdod residents.

69.9% of employees earned less than the average wage and 30.8% earned less than minimum wages. 


Bnei Brak:15 arrested in haredi anti-IDF demonstrations

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

15 haredi demonstrators were arrested in Bnei Brak Tuesday afternoon after they clashed with police and blocked roads.

The demonstrators are protesting the arrest of Yeshiva students who deserted from army service.


'The broadcasting corporation should be closed'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Communications Minister Ayoob Kara declared at a press conference Tuesday that he favors closing the new public broadcasting corporation, 

Kara said that the corporation is a "waste of public funds" since its costs 800 million shekels per year with a rating of just 1.5%. He also complained that the corporation is not different from the previous public broadcasting authority(IBA) and does not broadcast national sports programs.


'Nazi Grandma' gets 5th conviction for Holocaust denial

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A German court on Monday sentenced an 88-year-old "Nazi grandma" to six months in jail, the fifth time she has been convicted for publicly denying the holocaust. 

Ursula Haverbeck has often denied the mass murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis, which constitutes incitement of racial hatred under German law.
Yet despite her being convicted on several occasions, she has not yet served any jail time, as the cases are all still under appeal.

During a public event at the end of January, Haverbeck repeated her claims, saying it was "not true" that there were gas chambers at the Auschwitz death camp. She also disputed the fact that 1.1 million people were killed at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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Bnei Brak:Hashomer street closed as haredim demonstrate

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hashomer street, a central artery in Bnei Brak, has been closed to traffic near the Jabotinsky St. junction due to a haredi demonstration. Police are diverting traffic away from the area.


'The Palestinian Authority is a terrorist entity'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Amidst PA-Hamas reconciliation, Minister Bennett says Israel must not negotiate with an entity that relies on Hamas.

Disabled demonstration blocks Gaza Street in Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Organizations of the disabled are holding a rally near the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem as part of their bid for more government assistance.

As a result, nearby Gaza Street has been closed in the direction of Paris Square. Police are on the scene.


UN Human Rights Council is tainted

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ambassador Alan Baker dismissed on Tuesday a threat by the United Nations Human Rights Council to include the Bezeq communications company in its blacklist companies doing business in Judea and Samaria. Responding to a Facebook post, later removed, by Bezeq Director-General Stella Handler, the Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the head of the Global Law Forum said that the blacklist is nothing more than an economic weapon designed to advance the council's sharp and hypocritical position.

Ambassador Baker said the council lacks credibility and has lost all moral capacity as a responsible international body, so everything it does is tainted by politicization and hostile motives.


'Nazi Grandma' convicted in Berlin of Holocaust denial

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Ursula Haverbeck, 88, is sentenced to six months after a string of Holocaust denial convictions for which she has served no jail time.

Police face suit over restrictions on a hilltop youth

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir said on Tuesday that he will be forced to sue the police if a prominent activist among the so-called hilltop youth of Judea and Samaria is not released from night-time house arrest at his parents' Jerusalem home and continued banishment from Judea and Samaria.

The restrictions were imposed after the expiration of a previous administrative order which included Jerusalem in the banishment.


IDF rabbis will no longer read Book of Joshua at swearing-in

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Personnel Branch of the Israel Defense Forces has decided that army rabbis will not necessarily be the ones reading the traditional passage from the Book of Joshua at swearing-in ceremonies. The IDF Rabbinate is furious.

Israeli TV show promises prize to sexual harassment victims

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Morning show posts message: Go to our Facebook page and tell us if you were sexually harassed - and you can win concert tickets.

Netiv Avot: Civil Administration has temporary solution

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Supreme Planning Council of the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria has approved the submission of a plan for Plot 91 as part of a temporary solution for the Netiv Avot neighborhood, between the Judean Jewish communities of Elazar and Alon Shvut, where houses face demolition by March over issues regarding a small swath of land. The council approved the submission of a plan for 17 temporary housing units (for 3 years) as another part of the solution. The plot will be added to the jurisdiction of Alon Shvut in the future.

Neighborhood residents have rejected the proposal as "insufficient", saying it "proves once again the government's helplessness vis-a-vis extreme left-wing organizations that abuse the judicial system in order to realize their political aspirations." They continued, "We call upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, and cabinet ministers and MKs not to repeat the mistakes of the past in Migron, Amona, Ofra and Beit El, to recover at the last moment and to stop dragging their feet in an attempt to present a solution to the path of the Patriarchs "The root of the problem must be dealt with and a comprehensive solution be found for the neighborhood of Nativ Ha'avot and to prevent the unnecessary destruction and until then enact a law that will delay the demolition."


Disabled disrupt traffic on eastbound Route 1 at Latrun

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vehicles of the disabled are traveling deliberately in a slow convoy on eastbound Highway 1 at the Latrun Interchange as part of their campaign for more government assistance.

The police on their way to the area.


More vegetables and fruits - less of a chance of cancer

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Ministry of Health and the Israel Cancer Association have published updated data on cancer morbidity in Israel and on studies that can give hope to patients, in advance of the association's "Knock on the Door" (Hakesh Badelet in Hebrew) fundraising campaign next week.

A study published by the association shows that daily consumption of 100 grams of vegetables reduces the risk of esophageal cancer by 11 percent and daily consumption of the same amount of fruit will lower the risk of developing this cancer by 16 percent. Conversely, a relatively low alcohol consumption of 10 grams a day would increase the risk of cancer by 23%. Daily consumption of 50 grams of processed red meat may increase the risk of the disease by almost 60%.

Hookah smoking increases the risk of various types of cancer, including lung, esophagus, and even bladder.


Mayim Bialik slammed for 'victim blaming'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Jewish actress is criticized for suggesting that dressing modestly can help reduce phenomenon of sexual assault.

Israeli presidential race opens

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Member of Knesset Amir Peretz (Zionist Union) intends to run for the largely ceremonial post of president in 2020, according to Channel 20.

Former Labor party chairman Yitzhak Herzog, whose father Haim held the post, and Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein are also expected to contend.


464 units okayed for Kfar Etzion

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria's Supreme Planning Council has approved the submission of a plan for construction of 164 housing units in Kfar Etzion.

At the same time, a plan was approved for the construction of 300 sheltered-housing units there.


Missing Australian woman eaten by crocodile

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
An elderly woman suffering from Alzheimers vanished on an Australian beach. Her remains were later found inside a crocodile.

Changes at paratroop training school

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A new pin has been designed for soldiers completing a tactical paratroop course. The new pin will reflect the rectangular shape of the modern military parachute, accompanied by a sword.

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Route 40 blocked between Sde Boker and Mitzpeh Ramon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Highway 40 has been blocked in both directions between Sde Boker and Mitzpeh Ramon to remove the bed of a tractor-trailer that was involved in an accident this morning.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.


4 arrested for smuggling food additives to athletes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A senior Health Ministry employee and three other suspects were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with an investigation into the smuggling of food additives for athletes, which became public knowledge a month ago.
The director of the quarantine station at the port of Ashdod and two other senior food engineers were previously arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes from an importer in the sports field in order to promote and approve the importation of dietary supplements for athletes, without conducting the necessary tests.


'Iran must understand that Israel will not allow this'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met this morning in Jerusalem with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu.

The meeting dealt mainly with Iran's attempt to establish military bases in Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu told Shoygu, "Iran must understand that Israel will not allow this." Netanyahu also said that if the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran does not change, within 8-10 years Iran will have an arsenal of nuclear weapons.

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Avi Gabbay refuses to retract his remarks on 'settlements'.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Labor Party chairman says "The Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. God promised it to Abraham."
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