The News From Israel

'No Ideology Can Win Over Reality'

Orly Halpern rounds up the news from Israel.

"When I came to Israel as a refugee from an Arab land, they taught me that Hebron and Nablus were the land of Israel, but when you live here, you understand that no ideology can win over reality."--Shlomo Madmon, a member of the Likud Central Committee, at a meeting with Palestinian officials in Ramallah.

  • Settlers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem home - Two armed Israeli settlers raided the home in E. Jerusalem of Sami al-Qalouni, 53, and beat him and his friend with iron bars. Settlers also put a tent on his land. Al-Qalouni described it as an attempt to take control of the building. Police took the wounded Palestinians to hospital and removed the tent. (Maan)
  • 'Death to Arabs' spray painted on Jerusalem restaurant - Restaurant in capital systematically suffers attacks by teens vowing revenge for business's employment of Arabs; graffiti found Sunday by employees. [News Nosh has learned that the restaurant is called Brasserie and it is in Ein Karem - OH] (Ynet)
  • The Hague weighs criminal probe of Israel over 2010 Marmara raid - The International Criminal Court has never before considered opening an investigation against Israel. The ICC president appointed three-judge panel this week to consider preliminary procedural hurdles to opening a criminal investigation against Israel. (Haaretz+)
  • Limited Israeli incursion into southern Gaza - Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers crossed into Absan village east of Khan Younis. There were no reports of injury or damage. (Maan)
  • "Oust Habayit Hayehudi because of its support for (racist) Rabbi Eliyahu"- 30 left-wing Israelis, including intellectuals and people from theater signed a petition to party leaders calling on them to expel Habayit Hayehudi from the government because of its support for Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to become the next Sephardic Chief Rabbi. "We must treat Habayit Hayehudi as we demanded from Austria to treat Jorg Haider's party." (NRG Hebrew andHaaretz+)
  • FIFA President promises help for Palestinian team - During West Bank tour, FIFA president urges Israel to remove travel restrictions and give greater respect to Palestinian athletes. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Israelis urged to leave Sinai immediately over terror threat - Counterterrorism Bureau and Foreign Ministry reiterate warnings against traveling to Sinai for fear Israelis may be targeted by terror groups operating in the area. Threat defined as very high and imminent. (Israel Hayom)
  • "Weapons in exchange for infiltrators" - A senior Israeli source told Yedioth that Israel is close to an agreement with three African states to accept 'infiltrators' (African asylum seekers in Israel) in exchange for military aid. (Yedioth, p. 6)

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