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NEWS

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.

ARTS

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.

BUSI­NESS

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

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