ISRAEL: 7 DAYS IN 5 MINUTES
ALL THE WEEK’S NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
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