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Israeli Press Review of 12.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 12.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Dozens throw Molotov cocktails, firecrackers at Israeli police

Dozens of young people hurled Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and rocks at Israel Police and Border Police in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya, the Jerusalem Post reports.

There were no injuries or damage reported and security forces managed to disperse the attackers using crowd dispersal methods. 

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israeli scientist claims breakthrough in HIV research

A researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev has found similarities between leukemia and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Dr. Ran Taube of the department of microbiology, immunology and genetics at the Beersheba university maintains that his team’s discovery will lead to a “revolutionary diagnosis and the key to the clinical solution that will prevent infection with HIV and will destroy the deadly virus.”

Working in collaboration with Dr. Uri Rubio of Soroka University Medical Centre, Taube found similarities between the two diseases. This study aims to eradicate AIDS and hinder the development of leukemia.

Until the research was carried out, medical researchers had only limited information on the existence of a connection between AIDS and a rare blood cancer called mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) that hinders the development of cells in the blood system and occurs mostly in children.

Even though AIDS has become a chronic disease that can be treated with anti-retroviral therapy medications, there has been no treatment that can prevent the spread of the HIV virus, and the number of individuals who are infected rises every year, said Taube. The reasons for this are varied, and some derive from the fact that no vaccine has been developed against the virus to prevent future infection.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Police question far-right chief

Police have been investigating the chairman of the far-right Lehava group, Bentzi Gopstein, for possible incitement, Judea and Samaria District Police said on Tuesday.

According to the police department's spokesman, Gopstein was summoned for questioning at the division for nationalistic crimes, where he was asked about his statements about church arsons, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Gopstein's lawyer said the police had “submitted to the will of the Vatican”, which on Monday Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to indict Gopstein.

Just last week, Gopstein was recorded at a haredi panel saying that burning churches was legitimate under Jewish law.

Gopstein's statements at the debate shocked many attendees. Rabbi Moshe Klein told Gopstein, "You are on camera and being recorded. If this lands in the hands of the police, you will be arrested." Gopstein answered, "That’s the last thing that worries me. I'm willing to sit in prison for 50 years for the truth."

Immediately after the meeting, one of the rabbis attending exposed Gopstein's remarks on Twitter, igniting a social media frenzy.

Gopstein denied the report, saying he was merely quoting Maimonides as a part of a theoretical debate over Jewish law.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Hareidi school disinvites President Rivlin

 A haredi school announced on Tuesday that it had rescinded an invitation for President Reuven Rivlin to visit the school next week, Yediot Aharonot reports. 

The visit to the Kehilat Ya'akov school in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem was planned to coincide with the beginning of the haredi sector's school year, but on Monday the school sent President Rivlin the message, through the Jerusalem mayor's office, that his visit had been canceled.

Sources in the Jerusalem mayor's office said the decision to cancel President Rivlin's visit was made following his condemnation of the terrorist attack against the Dawabsheh family and his pro-LGBT words following the murder of Shira Bakri at the Jerusalem pride parade. They also claimed that pressure to make the decision came from rabbis.

A haredi source at the Jerusalem municipality stated that the school canceled President Rivlin's visit because they consider him an unwanted personality.

The president's office said it only hoped the school's lessons on loving thy neighbor would be well-attended.

"I regret the Kehilat Ya'akov school's decision," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. "We've been blessed with a president who is rooted in Jerusalem, a true friend of the city who is constantly working for unity, and we're honored to host him at any place and in any time within the city of Jerusalem.

"The school's choice does not match our duty, especially these days, to educate our children, of every segment in our society to love their neighbor, accept those who are different, be tolerant, and work to promote closeness," said the mayor.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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