The News From Israel

02.26.13

Israel Orders Hunger Strikers Hospitalized

"I didn't shed a tear."
--Naftali Bennett, leader of right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party, wrote on his Facebook page about loss of Oscar-nominated Palestinian-Israeli documentary, '5 Broken Cameras.'

  • Jewish teens assault Arab man on Tel Aviv promenade - Cohort of teenagers attack Arab street sweeper while he's on the job, fracturing his skull. Attackers yelled "Are you a stinking Arab?" before attacking. Victim laments: "Why does this happen? I was born in Israel, I have a lot of Jewish friends." (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom)
  • Tel-Aviv: Dozens protest against 'racist' attack of Arab - Police yet to arrest suspects in assault of Arab street cleaner by 20 Jewish teens; 'The government greenlights such incidents,' protester says. (Ynet)
  • New Israeli rule orders hunger striking detainees hospitalized after 28 days - Israel Medical Association's ethics board criticizes move, saying a hunger striker's autonomy should be respected and no medical treatment should be imposed against his will. (Haaretz+)
  • Jerusalem Old City master plan derailed by rightists on city council - New master plan for Palestinian construction in Old City, in the works for 8 years, blocked because it didn't include new Jewish neighborhood. (Haaretz+)
  • Computer belonging to Prime Minister's Office employee stolen from his residence - Burglars broke into the house in the Sharon region, stole the computer and escaped; Police launch investigation. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Study: Southern rocket attacks increase miscarriage risk - Research from Ben-Gurion University compares Barzilai hospital's miscarriage data from Sderot and Kiryat Gat between 2004 and Operation Cast Lead in 2008. Increased stress believed to be playing an active role in causing spontaneous abortions. (Israel Hayom)
  • Palestinians say no to Barca friendly - Palestinian Authority soccer officials declare their players won't team up with Israelis in match against FC Barcelona designed to promote peace. (Ynet)

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