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Israeli Press Review of 06.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 06.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • IDF: Enough evidence to charge soldier in killing

IDF prosecutors argued in a military court hearing on Tuesday in favour of jailing an IDF soldier filmed shooting an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist last month, pointing out that the soldier didn’t warn anybody of a possible explosive charge, and showed no signs of distress afterwards, the Times of Israel reports.

Prosecutor Adoram Reigler told the court that the military had gathered enough evidence to move forward with a manslaughter charge, the Ynet news website reported.

The soldier under investigation, whose name has not been released, was filmed shooting 21-year-old Abdel Fattah al-Sharif through the head on March 24, minutes after Sharif and another assailant stabbed and moderately wounded a soldier in Tel Rumeida, an Israeli enclave of the West Bank city of Hebron. The two assailants were shot, with one killed and Sharif wounded, by an army officer during the course of their attack.

The soldier, who shot and killed Sharif after he’d already been disabled, was arrested by military police, but since Friday has been out of jail and held in supervised detention on an army base, amid a roiling political scandal over his actions and the army’s response.

One of the prosecutors noted that in a film of the incident the soldier can be seen immediately after discharging his weapon and “doesn’t look particularly stressed. He approaches two civilians at the scene, shakes their hands, and smiles as well.”

One of the men the soldier shook hands with is far right-wing activist Baruch Marzel.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • MK wants segregation between Jews and Arabs in maternity hospital

Far-right Bayit Yehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich said he backs Jewish women who reportedly requested to be separated from Arab women in maternity wards of some hospitals, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Israeli radio reported on Tuesday that various hospitals around the country have been separating Jewish and Arab women in maternity wards.

Smotrich tweeted a reaction to the report saying, “After giving birth, my wife wants to rest and not have a party like Arab women do after giving birth.”

In another tweet, he said, “It is natural that my wife would not want to lay down next to someone who just gave birth to a baby might want to murder her baby in another 20 years.”

Smotrich said that the alleged hostility of Jewish women who give birth toward Arab women is natural and understandable because of what he termed the “blood feud” between the two peoples.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) blasted Smotrich on Facebook, saying the MK “does not care if people get a taste of racism.”

“A baby born is pure, he does not know hatred. He should get a hug, warmth and love from the first moments in the world. Not racism,” Herzog said.

The Health Ministry reacted to the Israel Radio report of segregation of Jewish and Arab mothers in a number of hospitals, saying it “prohibits all separation as a result of discrimination. The ministry’s instructions are not to separate any types of populations, not according to religion, country of origin, communities or any other criteria.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Dignitaries and donors celebrate new national library

Trowel in hand, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin helped lay the cornerstone for the new National Library of Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reports.

The cement stone, still wet during the ceremony, was set on a sloped, triangular plot adjacent to the Knesset and across from the Israel Museum, at the meeting point of the city’s cultural and national institutions.

A copy of the National Library Charter, signed in 2007 and declared as the start of this rejuvenation process, was buried under the wet cement.

“The concept of the renewal of the library will allow us to place the National Library in the proper perspective in the country’s cultural fabric,” said David Blumberg, chairman of the National Library. “The National Library will be the most important cultural institution in Israel and the Jewish world.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


Wednesday, April 06, 2016
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