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Israeli Press Review of 08.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 08.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • At least 10 “wedding of hate” guests to face incitement charges

At least 10 people who participated in the "wedding of hate," including the groom, are expected to face charges in the case, Ynet reports.

Videos filmed at the Jerusalem wedding of Yakir and Ronny Ashbal in December show guests dancing while brandishing firearms and Molotov cocktails, and mocking the murder of Palestinian baby Ali Dawabshe - who was burned to death along with his parents in an arson attack at his home in Duma - by stabbing a photo of his with a knife and trying to set it on fire 

Among those who are expected to be indicted are also minors, who are facing charges of incitement and illegal possession of arms.

The groom, Yakir Ashbal, was interrogated shortly after images and videos from the wedding were released to the press. He was arrested and released several days later. Other youth and radical right wing activists were also arrested. All of them were released after a few days.

In addition, some of the wedding guests were hilltop youth who were breaking a court order barring them from meeting with other hilltop youth who were present.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Haredi parties threaten to bolt coalition if Netanyahu recognises Reform Jewsl

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu faces a potential crisis on that could bring down his government, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox coalition partners informed him that they will quit the government if it goes ahead and enacts any measures that would be interpreted as official state recognition of Reform Judaism.

The premier heard the threat first-hand during a meeting with United Torah Judaism MKs Moshe Gafni and Yakov Litzman, Shas chairman Arye Deri, and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett.

 
Netanyahu's coalition rests on a razor-thin 61-seat majority, which means that the departure of one party is enough to put his rule in peril.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Japanese man wounded in stone-throwing attack at Jerusalem church

A 69 year-old tourist from Japan was lightly wounded on Monday by stone-throwers who pelted a group of visitors from a roof near Saint Anne's Church in Jerusalem.

Paramedics transferred the wounded woman with light wounds to hospital, the Jerusalem Post reports.

"I'm a tourist in Israeli as part of a tour group of Japanese people who love Israel, I was very surprised by the stone-throwing attack," said the wounded woman. "At the time [of the attack] I was praying and I didn't understand what had hit me. She added that she had not been seriously wounded. 

"I am still happy that I came to Israel and I do not regret it, I will continue the tours and I soon join back with the group after my treatment at Hadassah," she stated.

Police have launched searches for the perpetrators of the incident that occurred outside the Roman Catholic church near Lion's Gate. The identity of the assailants was not initially known.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


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