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Israeli Press Review of 15.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 15.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Two terror attacks thwarted

Two attempted terrorist attacks were thwarted in the Gush Etzion region and in Jerusalem on Thursday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The first occurred when an axe-wielding terrorist suddenly emerged from behind a bush near an IDF security pillbox opposite the Al-Arroub refugee camp in Gush Etzion and charged at a nearby group of IDF soldiers.

The soldiers, none of whom were wounded, immediately responded with fire and killed the attacker, who has been identified as Ibrahim Baradiya, a Hamas operative who was released from an Israeli prison.

In a separate incident in Jerusalem near the Chain Gate adjacent to the Temple Mount, two 12-year-old Palestinians aroused the suspicion of the police and Border Police and were stopped and searched.

During the search the police discovered three knives inside the jacket of one of the suspects and a farewell letter to his parents.

Both suspects were apprehended and brought in for questioning during which they confessed their intention to carry out an attack. One of the would-be attackers was from Qalandiya, located between Jerusalem and Ramallah, while the other was from Kafr Aqab in the municipality of Jerusalem beyond the separation fence.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Hebron soldier charged with manslaughter

The soldier who shot and killed a neutralized terrorist in Hebron three weeks ago will be charged with manslaughter, according to an official prosecutor’s statement issued to the military court in Jaffa on Thursday.

A group of ten people, equipped with a sound system, demonstrated outside the courtroom in support of the soldier, Yediot Aharonot reports. “Whoever kills terrorists is an Israeli hero,” they shouted. 

The prosecutor, Lt. Col. Adoram Rigler, said the soldier should be kept in detention due to new evidence strengthening the prosecution’s case. According to Rigler, the forensic pathologist’s report states that the terrorist’s death was caused by the soldier’s headshot, and that none of the other shots could have caused his death.

The court decided to extend the soldier's remand by another five days. 

Military prosecutors initially investigated the Hebron incident as a murder, but have now downgraded the charge. The soldier is currently out of military jail, but being kept in open detention at an IDF base in central Israel.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israeli Holocaust survivors to receive millions in overlooked benefits

More than 20,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel are due 127 million shekels, the Social Affairs Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority had kept data from the ministry “on the ridiculous grounds” of protecting survivors’ privacy, Ha’aretz reports.

Social Affairs Minister Haim Katz said his ministry would immediately launch a programme to ensure that the survivors received the aid. Only last month the Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority gave the ministry data on the number of survivors and the assistance they received.

“Unfortunately, the information on Holocaust survivors living in Israel was kept secret, guarded solely by the Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority,” Katz said.

“The clerks assigned to this issue refused to share the data, either with the Social Affairs Ministry or with the National Insurance Institute, on the ridiculous grounds of protecting privacy. After the campaign I mounted and the intervention of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, the authority’s clerks assigned just 20 days ago to give us the survivors’ ID numbers.”

According to the records, there are 194,468 Holocaust survivors in Israel, of whom 65,134 receive home help benefits from the NII.

More than 4,190 Holocaust survivors age 90 and over have never received these benefits. According to the programme, 5,963 survivors will automatically be moved from the middle to the highest level of assistance eligibility, at an estimated cost of 438 shekels per month per person.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


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