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10.08.13

Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Dies, Leaves Controversial Legacy

'Yosef was the only major rabbinic figure to make the courageous ruling that preserving lives was more important than retaining territory...(But he) also represented a racist version of Judaism, claiming that non-Jews were born only “to serve us. Otherwise, they have no place in this world.”
Haaretz editorial describes how along with his virtues and achievements, Yosef will also be remembered as a man who contributed a great deal to the polarization and division of Israeli society.

  • World Bank: Israel to blame for Palestinian financial woes, dependence on foreign aid - According to a new report issued by the international development institution Israeli restrictions in the West Bank cost the Palestinians more than $3.4 billion annually. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli forces, settlers raid al-Tuwani village - For the second time, Israel forces raided the main mosque in the village and residents' sheep stables, and ransacked people's homes, firing stun grenades late Sunday. No detentions were recorded and the Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not aware of the incident. (Maan)
  • Israeli settlers to vote in municipal elections within Green Line - Residents of Nof Hasharon, a suburb of Alfei Menashe, will vote for a regional council within the Green Line in the forthcoming municipal elections. (Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian father of IDF soldier granted permanent residency in Israel - Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar’s decision to grant residency to Adel Hussein is highly unusual and precedent-setting, attorney says. (Haaretz+)
  • Dutch watchdog: El Al discriminated against dark-skinned passengers - Group rules on 2011 case, saying dark-skinned passengers were questioned before boarding flight to Israel, while white ones weren't. (JTA, Haaretz)
  • Report: Israel has worst rate of brain drain in West - Taub Center: Emigration rate of Israeli researchers is now highest among Western countries. (Haaretz+)
  • Verdict in Lieberman graft trial to be handed down in November - Attorney-general says will appeal if former foreign minister is acquitted, and if convicted, will seek moral turpitude ruling. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli reality TV format sold to leading French broadcaster - Musical talent show 'Rising Star' to be broadcast live at annual MIPCOM festival in Cannes. (Haaretz+)
  • Hasbara you can dance to: New music video puts twist on anti-BDS message - Pro-Israel clip sends message to musicians in a language they can understand. (Haaretz+)
  • After 40 years, Yom Kippur War facts still disputed - Both Eli Zeira and Zvi Zamir, senior security officials in 1973, questioned why reserves weren’t called up; members of the audience interjected that they were. (Haaretz+ and Israel Hayom

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