The News From Israel

Housing, Sweet Housing

Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.

"Habayit Hayehudi wanted it to promote housing in [the West Bank], and Yesh Atid wanted to promote housing for young couples."--Israel's Housing Ministry become a battle issue between two allied parties, a source tells Haaretz+.

  • Netherlands calls on stores to label products from Israeli settlements - Dutch follow British lead, but emphasize it is not illegal to import goods from territories. Other European countries expected to follow suit in coming weeks. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Jerusalem teen who attacked Arab teacher and Jewish colleague released on bail - The 16-year-old Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva student is suspected of being part of a gang (of around 10) who attacked two teachers, one of them Arab. Police Commissioner instructs officers to prioritize incidents where Jews attacked Arabs. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
  • Education Ministry condemns violence against Jerusalem teachers - Ministry announced that on Sunday a lesson would be dedicated to discussing the prevention of this kind of phenomenon. (Ynet)
  • Violent fight between youth at Yad Vashem - Shameful behavior at Holocaust memorial institution. Remark by one student led to fight between students from two high schools. Security guard intervened and got punched, too. Yad Vashem: "This is a regrettable incident. We have involved the police." (Israel Hayom, p. 23, Yedioth, p. 20 and NRG Hebrew)
  • (Gaza Hamas Foreign Minister) Mahmoud Al-Zahar: "Egyptian regime starving us" - Following Egyptian activities to stop tunnel smuggling to Gaza Strip, Zahar said: "We are not in favor of the tunnels. But what choice do we have when Rafah crossing is closed? The previous regime was cruel, but it never allowed Gaza to starve." Also, Yusef Rizkeh, political advisor to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, said the report that Egypt called on Hamas to end armed resistance against Israel was false: "Its goal is to harm the relations between Egypt and Hamas." (Maariv, p. 10)
  • Acre Jews protest sale of home to Arabs, raising ethnic tensions - Local Arab activist: ‘They’re not building for Arabs and won’t let them live with Jews, so where are we supposed to go?’ (Haaretz+)

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