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ISRAELI KNESSET members received an envelope with three fake dollars in it on Wednesday, a reference to the corruption allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Knesset member Arieh Eldad of the National Union-National Religious Party, who was behind the prank, sent MKs an accompanying email asking them what they would do were they do be given envelopes with real money.
AN IDF officer stole weapons from several army bases and sold them to criminals. A police investigation revealed that the 24year-old officer carried out the crime as he was in heavy debt through gambling.
TWO HAMAS men were killed in an IDF strike in Gaza on Wednesday. The men, members of the Izz alDin al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip as, according to the IDF, they prepared to fire mortar shells at Israel.
“THE FIRING of rockets on Sderot must stop,” Desmond Tutu told Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday on a visit to the Gaza Strip. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who is heading a UN delegation investigating the death of a Palestinian family from IDF fire in 2006, added, “Enemies must learn to talk to one another, as we did in South Africa”.
THE KNESSET’S Labour, Welfare and Health Committee approved for second and third reading a bill that encourages academic institutions to grant discharged soldiers financial benefits and to prioritise their requests for dorm rooms on university campuses.
AN IDF soldier stole a night-vision device from his military base near Jerusalem. The soldier claimed that he wanted to use the device to observe Eilat’s mountains, though the military prosecution suspects him of planning to sell the device.
INITIAL TESTS of the Iron Dome anti-missile defence system, approved last year in an attempt to protect the residents of Sderot and the surrounding town and kibbutzim from Kassam rockets, will be held next month. More advanced tests will be held in the beginning of 2010.
THE MILITARY Appeals Committee evicted two Jewish families from the Hebron market stores in which they have been living for the past four years, and instructed them to evacuate the premises within 60 days.
THE ISRAELI film Himnon, or “Anthem”, won the first prize in the CinéfondationShort Film category at the Cannes Film Festival last week. Elad Keidan, who graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, directed the short movie. This is the first time Israel has won the category.
ISRAEL CAME ninth in the Eurovision Song Contest held last Saturday. Singer Boaz Mauda won 124 points performing the song The Fire in Your Eyes. The competition was won by Russia.
ISRAELI SINGER Yael Naim, 29, who now lives in Paris, will hold three concerts in Israel this summer. Her song New Soul reached the seventh place in the Billboard Music Chart after Apple used it for an ad for their new laptop.
A 55-YEAR-OLD Iranian-born Israeli was indicted on Sunday on charges of spying for Iran. The man, who could not be named due to a court-imposed gag order, was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport on May 8, on suspicion of agreeing to cooperate with Iranian intelligence and having divulged details about Israeli security employees.
THE 2008 Israel Festival began with the premiere of Hydra, a theatrical work by the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company. The work, performed at the Sherover Theatre in Jerusalem, uses Japanese elements in choreography and costumes.
CYPRESS HILL, stars of the American hip hop scene, will arrive in Israel this summer. The band will hold one concert in Tel Aviv’s Exhibition Park on July 30. Their greatest hits include Insane in the Brain and Real Thing, which has been performed as a duet with Pearl Jam.
ISRAELI STARTUP Altair Semiconductor, which develops WIMAX chips for fourth generation communications technology — G4 handheld devices — announced on Tuesday it had signed a multi-million dollar perennial contract with Willcom Inc, Japan’s largest wireless provider.
THE ISRAELI shekel joined the foreign-exchange market’s CLS Bank global settlement system on Monday, making it available for international payment instructions. “This is a significant step in Israel’s increasing integration into global economy,” said Bank of Israel governor, Stanley Fischer.
THE KNESSET approved a law banning the sending of unsolicited adverts by text, email or fax. Initiated by the Communications Ministry, the law will come into effect in six months’ time, after which recipients will be able to sue for compensation for junk email and text messages.
American hiphop stars Cypress Hill