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Israeli Press Review of 07.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 07.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli wounded in stabbing in Jerusalem’s Old City

An Israeli man in his early 20s was lightly wounded in a stabbing in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday evening, Ha’aretz reports.

Initial investigations at the scene suggested that the stabbing was sparked by a verbal argument between three Jewish Israelis and three Arabs that evolved into violence.

The wounded Israeli was brought to the plaza at the nearby Western Wall where he received initial care from paramedics for bleeding wounds to his upper-body before being evacuated to hospital in Jerusalem.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Chief rabbis to draw up alternative deal from pluralistic prayer at Western Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the country’s two chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, along with Administrator of the Western Wall and the Holy Places Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz to submit changes they would like to see to the plan for creating a non-Orthodox, pluralist prayer space at the Robinson’s Arch area of the Western Wall, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The rabbis have been asked to submit their advice on the issue within three weeks, according to officials in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The chief rabbis, along with the majority of the Orthodox- religious establishment, have expressed intense opposition to the plan agreed to by the liberal denominations and the Women of the Wall (WoW) organisation.

That agreement would dramatically overhaul the current prayer platform at the Robinson’s Arch area and create a committee including representatives from the Reform and Conservative movements and WoW to administer the site alongside an administrator appointed by the prime minister.

On Saturday, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar fiercely attacked the Reform and Conservative denominations, ruling that Jewish law forbids according the non-Orthodox movements rights at the Western Wall.

The “reformers and their like falsify the Torah and its commandments” with their demands for a prayer space at the Western Wall and equal rights to state religious services for their adherents, he said. “They arrogantly trample and crush all the holy things of Israel, including marrying Jews to non-Jews and other weddings of abomination.”

The Jerusalem chief rabbi added that even worse than providing a prayer space for non-Orthodox prayer was giving the non-Orthodox groups recognised status to administer the holy site, something which would lead to actions that would “rock society,” and could, “God forbid, lead to bloodshed.”

Yizhar Hess, the director of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, said that Amar’s comments showed that “like other monopolies on the verge of collapse, the Orthodox monopoly would also take desperate measures.

“We are confident that the agreement that was signed will be implemented word for word, and in accordance with the precise timetable set out,” Hess emphasised.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Knesset committee rejects complaint against justice minister for meeting family of Duma suspect

The Knesset Ethics Committee on Sunday dismissed a complaint against Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked for meeting with family members of a suspected Jewish terrorist charged with a deadly arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank last year, the Times of Israel reports.

A spokesperson from Shaked’s office said that the meeting with the underage suspect’s family — raised in a complaint by opposition Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg — was not considered a breach of ethics.

New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward reported in late December that Shaked met the week before with the mother of the American-Israeli minor suspected of acting as an accomplice in the July 2015 terror attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha family.

The Forward said the meeting took place after the suspect, whose name is barred from publication in Israel due to his age, complained that he had been tortured by the Shin Bet security service during his interrogation.

The decision came weeks after the Ethics Committee suspended three Arab MKs for meeting with the families of Palestinian terrorists on February 2.

Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, and the unnamed minor were indicted in early January in the firebomb attack. The attack caused the immediate death of toddler Ali and the deaths in the following weeks of parents Riham and Saad. Five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, Ali’s brother, remains hospitalised in Israel with severe burns, and faces a long rehabilitation.

Ben-Uliel was indicted for murder; the minor, who is not alleged to have directly participated in the fire-bombing, was charged as an accomplice.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


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