The News From Israel

Shas's Holy Trinity

12.17.12 2:15 PM ET

"If you see a gap of 40% in wages between two people who studied similar professions, there's nothing more discriminatory than that."
--Erez Siniver, assistant dean at the College of Management Academic Studies, whose study revealed the Israeli job market suffers deep discrimination based on skin color and national origin.

  • Palestinian premier calls for boycott of all Israeli goods - Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad tells reporters the boycott is meant to protest Israel's withholding of funds to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Court awards damages to leftists detained in Hebron - Three Yesh Din activists win $4,000 settlement after winning 'false imprisonment' civil case against the police. (Ynet)
  • New Zealand government fund divests from Israeli firms over settlement construction - Elbit Systems, Africa Israel, Danya Cebus and Shikun & Binui left out of $23.5 billion New Zealand Superannuation Fund. (JTA, Haaretz+)
  • NYT retracts claims that E-1 construction plans would divide West Bank - Correction note regarding Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren's December 1 article clarifies that piece 'referred incompletely to the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state'. (Haaretz+)
  • Police incompetence results in teen's murder - Bedouin girl falls prey to 'honor killing' despite boyfriend's frantic pleas for police's help. (Ynet)
  • Shas's holy trinity pins its electoral hopes on poverty - Party enjoys support of poor Sephardi voters - and wants to keep it that way. (Haaretz+)
  • Woman strips in heart of Mea Shearim - Residents shocked to see beggar sitting in middle of ultra-Orthodox neighborhood's main street stark naked. (Ynet)

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