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Israel Press Review of 22/09/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 22/09/2016

Major Headlines   
  • Five Jews arrested for suspected attack on Palestinian

Five youths from Jerusalem were arrested over the past week on suspicion of kicking a young Palestinian boy and stealing his cell phone, Yediot Aharonot reports.

After launching an investigation into the incident, the police suspect that the attack was nationalistically motivated. Indeed, investigators believe that the perpetrators had already determined that the victim would be an Arab.

The youth who was attacked, a resident of east Jerusalem, did not require medical treatment. The arrests of two of the suspects were extended while a third suspect was released on condition by the courts. The remaining two suspects were only arrested on Wednesday and discussions are due to be held as to whether their detention will be extended on Friday.

The incident took place on Saturday in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo, after which all those involved fled the scene and were all eventually arrested at a later date after an investigation was launched which included the analysis of CCTV footage. One of those arrested is a soldier in the Kfir brigade. 

The suspects denied any connection with the attack with some of them claiming that they were far away from the scene during the attack while others said that there was a skirmish which was stopped after a short while. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • New ownership claims may scuttle Amona relocation plan

Five more Palestinians on Wednesday claimed ownership of property lots in an area where Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman had hoped to relocate the Amona outpost, according to the non-governmental group Yesh Din.

The objections the claimants filed with the Civil Administration make it increasingly unlikely that Liberman can execute his plan to seize 35 abandoned property lots, Jerusalem Post reports.

Earlier this month Palestinians claimed ownership of 24 of the lots. The new objections leave only six property lots on which to create a new community for the 40 families that live in Amona.

In response to a Yesh Din petition, the High Court of Justice had ordered that the outpost must be razed by December 25.

The Amona families have called on the government and right wing politicians to authorise their community, which was built with a NIS 2.1 million grant from the Ministry of Housing and Construction.

Politicians had initially pushed forward a “regulations act” in the Knesset to legalise what they estimate are 2,000 unauthorized homes in West Bank settlements and outposts, including Amona.

But they backed away from it when Liberman put forward the relocation plan.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Thirteen additional suspects arrested in Balad fraud investigation

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services has cancelled a project titled "National Initiative for Nutritional Security," which was formed to supply 10,000 impoverished families in Israel with food vouchers, each worth NIS 375 ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The decision came following a complaint launched by the non-profit Latet (To Give), which raised a questions into possible improper governance regarding the initiative. As a result, the ministry decided to halt its plan of providing NIS 38 million to some of the poorest people in Israel before the Jewish new year.

According to a national report from February 2014, 18.8% of families, amounting to some 243,000 families, suffer from "nutritional insecurity," defined as irregular access to an adequate amount of food that allows for a healthy and active lifestyle. According to the National Insurance Institute,10.2% of families in Israel suffer light-to-moderate nutritional insecurity and 8.6% suffer from a severe level of nutritional insecurity. 

After years of governmental neglect, in 2014 the National Nutritional Security Council submitted its recommendations regarding the matter, detailing a plan that would cost half a billion shekels per year.

Almost two years after the initial report came out, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, led by Haim Katz (Likud), announced its plan to begin implementing the recommendations without setting up a tender, deciding instead to work with two non-profits, Ruach Tova (Eshel Jerusalem) and Leket Israel (the National Food Bank). The ministry was due to supply the project with NIS 18, while the non-profits were to match it with an additional NIS 18 million. Another NIS 2 million were slated to come from local municipalities, adding up to 38 million NIS. The initiative was supposed to operate in 32 different municipalities during the High Holy Days. 

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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