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Israeli Press Review of 31.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 31.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Soldier who shot Palestinian may face manslaughter not murder charge

The IDF soldier who shot a disarmed Palestinian attacker in the head last week in Hebron may face charges of manslaughter and not murder, military prosecutors announced on Thursday.

IDF attorney Lt. Col. Adoram Reigler told a hearing that “significant developments” in recent days necessitated the downgraded charges, the Times of Israel reports.

The still-unnamed soldier is suspected of shooting the assailant “deliberately and unnecessarily,” Reigler said, indicating he likely had enough evidence to go ahead with an indictment.

He did not detail what the new developments were.

Military prosecutors requested the soldier’s detention be extended for seven more days.

Last week, the Kfir Brigade soldier was caught on film shooting Palestinian assailant Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif in the head, some 10 minutes after the stabber had already been shot, wounded and disarmed.

Al-Sharif and another man, Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, had attacked a soldier and an officer near the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood of Hebron. The pair stabbed the soldier in the shoulder and arm before the officer was able to shoot the two attackers. Al-Qasrawi was killed, but al-Sharif remained alive.

Six minutes later, the IDF soldier who is now in custody arrived on the scene and approximately five minutes after that he was filmed shooting an apparently incapacitated al-Sharif in the head.

According to the army, the soldier said before shooting the stabber that he should be killed, and told his commanders afterward that the assailant had deserved to die.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Two Israelis wounded in Brussels attacks flown to Israel

Two Israelis who were wounded in the terror attacks in Brussels last week were flown to Israel on Thursday night and hospitalised in Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reports.

The two, identified by Israeli ultra-Orthodox media as Chaim Winternitz and Mendy Farkash, members of the Belz Hasidic group in their 20s, were injured in Brussels airport, where they were waiting to board a flight to Israel.

The two men were in moderate, stable condition, and were suffering from injuries to their limbs. They are reportedly undergoing treatment in the intensive-care and orthopedic units, and are likely to be released in the coming days.

The two, brothers-in-law from Jerusalem, were in Brussels for the funeral of a relative. They were flown back to Israel by their insurance company.

Thirty-two people were killed and 340 were injured in bombings at Brussels airport and the Belgian capital’s metro on March 22.

Click here to read the full article in times of Israel


  • Supreme Court approves private conversions

The High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday in favour of state recognition of private Orthodox conversions to Judaism and that those converted through this process should be eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, in a decision Israel's chief rabbi blasted as "outrageous."

The decision by the nine-justice panel headed by Court President Miriam Naor weakens the chief rabbinate and the official system of conversions, and strengthens the private rabbinical courts operating in the haredi and Zionist sectors, Ha’aretz reports.

The ruling also has possible repercussions concerning Reform and Conservative conversions which have thus far not been recognised by Israel.

"Restricting recognition of conversions to the official track alone, as the respondents suggest, will hurt the right to return (to Israel) which is a fundamental right of every Jew, and violates the instructions of the Law of Return," Naor wrote in her judgement.

In response, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef blasted the decision as "outrageous," saying it was "inconceivable that the pirate conversion industry will be recognised by the state."

Rabbi Gilad Kariv, head of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism said  "the High Court ruling determines unequivocally that there is more than one way to convert in Israel."

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


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