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A 12-YEAR-OLD Ira­nian can­cer suf­ferer ar­rived at an Is­raeli hospi­tal for treat­ment last Fri­day. The boy un­der­went emer­gency treat­ment on a brain tu­mour at the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­tre near Tel Aviv. Is­rael had granted him, along with his par­ents, a spe­cial per­mit al­low­ing him to en­ter the coun­try. Pre­vi­ous treat­ments in Iran and Turkey had not been suc­cess­ful.

THE IS­RAEL De­fence Force stopped three Pales­tini­ans on sus­pi­cion of try­ing to in­fil­trate the Har Bracha set­tle­ment on Satur­day. Pales­tini­ans re­ported be­ing at­tacked by set­tlers as they at­tempt to har­vest olives near the nearby set­tle­ment of Yitzhar.

DOZENS OF Pales­tinian pris­on­ers in Is­raeli jails have de­vel­oped se­vere men­tal dis­or­ders, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Physi­cians for Hu­man Rights and the Pales­tinian hu­man-rights groups A-Damir. The or­gan­i­sa­tions called on the Is­rael Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion to work to pre­vent the iso­la­tion of men­tally ill Pales­tinian pris­on­ers.

PALES­TINIAN Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas said that the ri­valry be­tween Pales­tinian fac­tions must end or “no-one will re­spect us”. His com­ments came af­ter a meet­ing with Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad in Da­m­as­cus.

THE IS­RAELI Air Force scram­bled two fighter jets and a he­li­copter to the bor­der with Le­banon an hour be­fore the end of the fast on Yom Kip­pur, it has emerged. The action was taken af­ter a sus­pi­cious air­craft was seen ap­proach­ing Is­rael’s airspace. It then turned back into Le­banon.

A GROUP of Is­raeliArab doc­tors was de­nied en­try into Gaza last week, with Is­raeli of­fi­cials cit­ing se­cu­rity rea­sons. The del­e­ga­tion from Physi­cians for Hu­man Rights in­cluded sur­geons, ortho­pe­dists, an on­col­o­gist, a psy­chol­o­gist and a so­cial worker. They were due to bring med­i­cal equip­ment into Gaza to use to treat Pales­tini­ans in hospi­tal.

TWO PRO­TEST­ERS were in­jured and three oth­ers ar­rested dur­ing clashes with IDF forces in Na’alin, near Ra­mal­lah in the West Bank. A bor­der guard was later also in­jured in fur­ther vi­o­lence. Ear­lier the same day, IDF forces dis­persed a group of pro­test­ers along with a group of Pales­tini­ans, who had planned an olive har­vest in Na’alin.

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Ehud Olmert was to meet the rel­a­tives of 13 Is­raeli Arabs killed in the Oc­to­ber 2000 ri­ots, in the first such meet­ing since the in­ci­dents occurred. He was to dis­cuss the reper­cus­sions of the vi­o­lence with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Higher Arab Mon­i­tor­ing Com­mit­tee, which in­cludes the fam­ily mem­bers.


LEG­ENDARY singer­song­writer Bob Dy­lan is ex­pected to per­form in Is­rael in June 2009, ac­cord­ing to news­pa­per Ye­dioth Ahronoth. The 67-year-old leg­end has played in Is­rael twice be­fore, in 1987 and again in 1993. Pro­ducer Shuki Weiss, who is also bring­ing Depeche Mode to Is­rael, is thought to be the man be­hind the deal. sculp­ture, video and in­stal­la­tions as well as the exhibit But the Just Shall Live by His Faith, ex­plor­ing three gen­er­a­tions of Is­raeli art. THE AN­NUAL Bereshit fes­ti­val, tak­ing place at the Golan Beach on the Kin­neret, kicks off this week­end

THE ART Jerusalem ’08 fair, fea­tur­ing 50 gal­leries and artists from Is­rael and abroad, will run through­out Suc­cot at the Un­der­ground Pris­oner’s Mu­seum in the Rus­sian Com­pound. The works dis­played in­clude photography, paint­ing, with mu­sic in­clud­ing Avra­ham Tal and Hemi Rud­ner as well as yoga work­shops, nude body art, jug­gling, street per­form­ers and cir­cus acts. There will also be a fam­ily-friendly camp­ing area with ac­tiv­i­ties for young chil­dren. The two-day In­ter­na­tional Vir­tu­osia Fes­ti­val, set up in 2006, took place this week at Jerusalem’s Lib­erty Bell Park fea­tur­ing some 70 street acts in­clud­ing com­edy, mu­sic, and the­atre.


IS­RAEL’S IN­DUS­TRY, trade and labour min­is­ter Eli Yishai set out a plan to deal with chal­lenges fac­ing Is­rael in the wake of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. His pro­posal in­cluded ex­pand­ing the ba­sis of cap­i­tal for Is­rael’s banks, in­sur­ing cus­tomer de­posits and in­creas­ing in­vest­ment rates in gov­ern­ment debt fees from 30 per cent to over 50 per cent.

THE HIS­TADRUT labour fed­er­a­tion warned that some 10,000 pub­lic em­ploy­ees may lose their jobs by early 2009 as a re­sult of the cur­rent eco­nomic cri­sis, with sim­i­lar losses in the in­dus­try and ser­vices sec­tors. The Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion as­sessed that be­tween 30,000-40,000 peo­ple may end up un­em­ployed.

A TEL Aviv court or- dered food gi­ant Tnuva to pay NIS 55 mil­lion (£9.1m) in dam­ages to con­sumers and plain­tiffs in the “sil­i­con in milk” scan­dal, first ex­posed in 1995 af­ter me­dia re­ports that Tnuva was adding dimethyl­silox­ane — a sil­i­con de­riv­a­tive — to its long-life skimmed milk.


This photo, by Bri­tish-Is­raeli Toby Co­hen, is one of the ex­hibits at Jerusalem’s Art Fair

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