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Israeli Press Review of 09.05.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 09.05.2016

Major Headlines
  • Islamic Movement leader to begin jail sentence for incitement

The leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, began a nine-month jail sentence on Sunday, following his conviction last March on charges of incitement, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The High Court of Justice rejected his appeal against the conviction, but did rule that his sentence should be shortened from eleven months to nine.

Salah was convicted for a sermon he had delivered in 2007, in which he was accused of inciting racism and violence.

Israel outlawed Salah’s group in November, with a government statement explaining that the group has for years “been waging a campaign of deceitful incitement under the banner of ‘al-Aksa is in danger,’ which blames Israel by falsely accusing it of intending to harm the Aksa Mosque and to violate the status quo there.”

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Netanyahu convenes cabinet as violence escalates on Gaza border

Less than 24 hours after the IDF announced that Israeli forces had discovered a second cross-border Hamas terror tunnel, mortar shells were fired at IDF troops operating along the Gaza border on Friday morning, Israel Hayom reports.

No one was hurt and no damage was reported in the incident. The Israeli Air Force retaliated by striking Hamas observation outposts inside Gaza.

The escalation in violence over recent days prompted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to announce that he would convene an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the recent security challenges. The cabinet ministers met with top defence officials on Friday to devise Israel's continued policy in the face of the events and IDF operations in the Strip.

Click here to read the full article in Israel Hayom


  • Israel’s military government ordered to publish regulations in Arabic

Israel’s military government, which rules over millions of Palestinians, was hit with a nearly unprecedented court ruling and rebuke this week for flouting its obligation to publish regulations in Arabic, the 972 website reports.

The Civil Administration — which is a part of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), itself part of the Defence Ministry — now has six weeks in which to publish all its outstanding policies and procedures in both Arabic and Hebrew, documents that directly affect 2.8 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. There are currently 25 procedures that have not been published at all in either language, and a further four which have not been published in Arabic.

Citing repeated delays in fulfilling its commitments, the Jerusalem District Court judge also ordered the Civil Administration to pay NIS 30,000 in legal costs to Gisha, the Israeli human rights NGO which since December 2014 has been petitioning the government body to make all its policies and procedures public.

The documents in question dictate fundamental, day-to-day processes for Palestinians in the West Bank, such as obtaining travel and work visas, getting entry permits into Israel and dealing with medical requests. Palestinians’ ability to go abroad, attend weddings, visit sick relatives and live in one place or another are all subject to these procedures.

Israel’s Freedom of Information Act is unequivocal about the responsibility of government bodies to publish and publicise their administrative documents that set out how they work and how this affects the public. The Civil Administration is not exempt from this legal obligation.

Click here to read the full article in 972 Mag


  • Far-right MK: Israel should carry out revenge attacks against Palestinians

A far-right Knesset member who last month drew condemnation for saying new Jewish mothers should not have to share hospital rooms with Arab mothers, said Israel should conduct revenge attacks against Palestinians, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Bezalel Smotrich, a Knesset member with the Jewish Home party, said Friday in a Holocaust Remembrance Day Facebook post that if Israel had taken appropriate acts of revenge it could have prevented subsequent Jewish civilians’ attacks on Palestinian individuals.

The post remains publicly visible on Smotrich’s Facebook page.

In particular, state-sanctioned revenge could have prevented the July 2015 firebombing that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, as well as the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Smotrich wrote in the post.

Revenge is an “important and moral value,” but must be conducted by the government, not by individuals, he added.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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