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AN IS­RAELI sol­dier was killed in a Jeep ac­ci­dent dur­ing a rou­tine pa­trol along the border with the Gaza Strip. Staff Sergeant Yariv Ami­tai of Moshav Ha­zor’im died when the ve­hi­cle’s driver lost con­trol and the Jeep over­turned. Three other sol­diers were lightly in­jured.

A KIRYAT Sh­mona man was sen­tenced to three years in prison for mo­lest­ing three chil­dren evac­u­ated from the Galilee dur­ing last year’s Le­banon war. Aharon Ye­huda, 28, was also seek­ing refuge at the Meir Sh­feya youth vil­lage near Zichron Ya’akov when he abused two boys, aged 6 and 12, as well as a girl aged 11.

SOME 1,500 Beit Shemesh res­i­dents demon­strated against a re­cent wave of in­tim­i­da­tion and vi­o­lence by ul­tra­Ortho­dox res­i­dents of the city. Re­cent in­ci­dents have in­cluded five Charedi men as­sault­ing a wo­man and an IDF sol­dier for sit­ting next to each other on a bus.

JEWISH BIRTH rates in Is­rael rose last year, re­vers­ing a trend which has seen women from the Jewish sec­tor hav­ing fewer chil­dren. The 2006 fig­ures showed an in­crease from the av­er­age of 2.8 chil­dren per Jewish wo­man to 2.9, while Mus­lim fam­i­lies con­tin­ued shrink­ing.

ED­U­CA­TION MIN­IS­TER Yuli Tamir’s pro­posal to al­low text­books in Arab Is­raeli schools to cite the Pales­tinian ver­sion of the events of 1948 has been voted against by the Knes­set Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, which ruled it could alien­ate “the Arab com­mu­nity from the State”.

AN AR­GENTI­NAN court has ruled that Moshe Ben-Ivgi, who mur­dered taxi driver Derek Roth in Her­zliya in 1994, will be ex­tra­dited back to Is­rael to com­plete his 21-year sen­tence. Ben Ivgi fled to Ar­gentina while on jail leave sev­eral years ago.

THE SO­CI­ETY for the Pro­tec­tion of Na­ture has voiced con­cern that re­cent de­vel­op­ment in the Negev is harm­ing the nat­u­ral land­scape. It ex­pressed par­tic­u­lar dis­tress over the grow­ing size of plots the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture is al­lo­cat­ing to farm­ers.

A MIL­I­TARY court in Jeri­cho con­victed six ju­nior of­fi­cers of the Pales­tinian Pres­i­den­tial guard for aban­don­ing their posts dur­ing last June’s fight­ing in the Gaza Strip, when Ha­mas ousted Fatah. The of­fi­cers were sen­tenced to up to three years in prison.

THE NEW Weiz­mann In­sti­tute Women in Science Pro­gramme has awarded 11 young women $20,000 (£10,000) yearly grants to help them pur­sue post-doc­toral re­search abroad, with the aim of clos­ing the gap be­tween men and women in academia.

A FRAG­MENT of the 1,087-year-old Aleppo Codex was handed to Jerusalem’s Ben Zvi In­sti­tute for safe­keep­ing this week. The 8 cm sq piece was res­cued in 1947 from a burn­ing syn­a­gogue in Aleppo, Syria, by a Jewish busi­ness­man who kept it with him for the rest of his life as a good luck charm.

THE HIGH Court of Jus­tice has al­lowed the state one week to com­pile data which shows that cut­ting off elec­tric­ity to Gaza will not cause dis­pro­por­tion­ate harm to its civil­ian pop­u­la­tion. Hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions then have one week to re­spond.

ARAB IS­RAELI rap group, DAM, have been com­mis­sioned by Bal­adna, a group­ing work­ing with Arab youth in Is­rael, to cre­ate a song to aid their cam­paign against pro­pos­als to draft Arab youths into na­tional ser­vice pro­grammes. Wanted: An Arab Who Lost His Me­mory, has aired on Arab-lan­guage ra­dio.

TO DIE In Jerusalem, a film telling the story of teenage Pales­tinian sui­cide bomber Ayat al-Akhras and Is­raeli vic­tim Rachel Levy through their re­spec­tive moth­ers, pre­miered in the United States this week.

MARKY RA­MONE, the for­mer drum­mer of leg­endary punk band the Ra­mones, will play a Tel Aviv gig early next year. He will play some 30 Ra­mone tunes with his new mu­si­cians at the Zappa Club in Jan­uary.

AU­THOR DAVID Gross­man snubbed Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert when he re­ceived the Emet Prize for Arts, Science and Cul­ture by re­fus­ing to shake the pre­mier’s hand. The writer, whose son Uri was killed in last year’s Le­banon War, pub­licly told Mr Olmert: “This coun­try and what you and your friends are do­ing to it pains me.”

THE HER­ZLIYA Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art is host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the new wave of Is­raeli artists. Home Front has 17 artists show­ing a range of sculp­ture and in­stal­la­tions.

HA­MAS HAS an­nounced plans to build a $200m (£100m) me­dia and cin­ema com­plex in the Gaza Strip. Al­though Ha­mas has raised only a frac­tion of the nec­es­sary fund­ing, the mil­i­tant group say it en­vis­ages a mas­sive de­vel­op­ment fea­tur­ing film and television stu­dios and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas.


The Aleppo Codex, an an­cient Bi­ble parch­ment

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