ISRAEL: 7 DAYS IN 5 MINUTES
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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