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Streisand Criticizes Treatment of Women in Israel

"Shrapnel stuck in one's buttocks."--Pro-settler Israeli Economics Minister Naftali Bennett's reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he claims should not be solved because the West Bank belongs to the Jews.

  • '3 settlers assault elderly Palestinian woman in Jerusalem' - A 75-year-old Fathiyeh Ajaj was waiting for a bus in Deir Yassin, now known as Givat Shaul, when three Israelis pushed her to the ground, tried to remove her hijab and tore her clothes. "My mother fainted and the bus driver saw her, rushing to rescue her," her son told Ma'an. (Maan)
  • Light sentence for officers who abused Palestinian - Four Border Guard officers who were caught on tape abusing mentally challenged Palestinian get four months community service. Judge Rafi Carmel: Violence was not severe. (Ynet+VIDEO of abuse)
  • Settlers attack stone workshop near Nablus - A group of Israeli settlers tried to set fire to a stone factory in Rujeib village, near Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus, damaging it in the attempt. (Maan)
  • Israelis living in West Bank demand green laws apply on their side of Green Line - Opponents on the left claim the call for Israeli regulations in the West Bank is an attempt by settlers to promote their political agenda. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli troops raid Azzun school - Headmaster Jamal Ayyoub of the Azzun Beit Amin School said the army was trying to take over parts of the school in order to complete the separation wall, a statement read. The Israeli forces took the school's dimensions. (Maan)
  • Lieberman initiates polygraf tests for MKs in Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee - Following the leak of statements by the Shin Bet chief about Palestinian President not believing Israel is committed to peace, MK Avigdor Lieberman considering questioning the closed committee's MKs as well as the Intelligence subcommittee MKs by polygraf. Shin Bet refuses request. (Maariv, p. 24/NRG Hebrew and Israel Hayom, p. 13)
  • In Israel, Streisand criticizes treatment of women (at Wailing Wall) - At Hebrew University, American singer-actress says 'it's distressing to hear about 'Women of the Wall' having metal chairs thrown at them. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • IDF brigade refuses to let soldier read poetry on the radio so as not to ruin 'fighter's image' - Israel's army, once known for holding poetry writing contests, today seems less keen on promoting the art within its ranks; soldier en route to read his poems on Army Radio ordered to refrain from participating. (Haaretz+)

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