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Israeli Press Review of 27.04.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 27.04.2016

Major Headlines
  • Clashes on Temple Mount between Jews and Muslims

Clashes broke out on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday after two Jewish visitors began bowing and praying at the contested holy site in violation of visitation rules, Ha’aretz reports.

In response, they were attacked by dozens of Palestinians and representatives of the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust that manages the site. Police officers separated the sides and drew the two Jewish visitors away, which led to the restoration of calm.

Eight Jewish visitors were removed from the Temple Mount by police throughout the day for violating visitation rules by bowing down and praying at the site.

Overall, 527 visitors entered the site on Tuesday, among them 400 tourists and the others Jews who visited for religious reasons.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Western Wall on Monday morning to attend a priestly blessing ceremony. The prayer was conducted under heavy guard due to security tension in the capital. The police removed two Jewish visitors from the Temple Mount for violating the site’s visitation rules when they were thought to be trying to pray there.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Three Palestinians arrested on suspicion of planning Jerusalem attack

Israeli security forces on Tuesday arrested three Palestinians from the West Bank town of Nablus who are suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

The three detainees were transferred to the custody of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for further questioning, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The arrests, which were carried out by a joint force comprising the Israel Police and the Shin Bet, were made in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber.

Two of the suspects are minors – age 15 and 16 – and the other is a 23-year-old man.

The three Palestinians were detained after the security forces obtained a tip indicating that an attack was imminent. 

The attack was said to have been planned for the Passover holiday and was to be executed in a crowded area.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel bans petting zoos in schools because of animal cruelty

Israel’s Education Ministry is not currently allowing schools to set up petting zoos for their students, the ministry wrote in a letter to a school in Tel Aviv, Ha’aretz reports.

It added that it is currently drafting a formal directive on the issue.

The letter was sent after the Let the Animals Live organisation appealed to the ministry to prevent the city’s Bialik-Rogozin school from establishing a petting zoo. The school had already held a fundraiser for the project.

In most schools, petting zoos hold only small animals, mainly baby chicks, mice, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Let the Animals Live charges that these animals are often crushed by the children, who aren’t aware of their own strength, and are dropped on the ground repeatedly. As a result, they are frequently injured or killed.

Hila Achisar, the ministry official responsible for school petting zoos, wrote to the school’s principal Eli Nechama that the ministry plans to abide by the decision of MK Itzik Shmuli, chairman of the Knesset’s subcommittee on prevention of cruelty to animals, and “not allow the opening of new petting zoos beyond those already approved.” She added that the ministry is now determining which schools already have petting zoos so it can assess how best to deal with the issue.

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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