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Settlers and Settlements: March 14, 2012

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A new report by human rights NGO B’Tselem reveals that large tracts of occupied land have been classified as state land for the use of settlements even though they are actually privately or collectively owned by Palestinians.  (B’Tselem)

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March 14th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Settlers and Settlements: March 14, 2012

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Settlers punctured the tires of a Palestinian vehicle in the settlement of Neve Daniel in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank.

(Hebrew - HaKol HaYehudi)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Settlers and Settlements: March 14, 2012

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Settlers from Hebron pepper-sprayed a Palestinian in town and subsequently smashed the windows of a Palestinian taxi parked near the Jewish neighborhood of Beit Hadassah.

(Hebrew - HaKol HaYehudi)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

State and Religion: March 14, 2012

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In order to receive the strict mehadrin kashrut certificate from Agudat Yisrael’s Badatz (Rabbinical Court), the Haredi-owned Heimische Essen restaurant in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem will stop employing waitresses on Thursday evenings, when large numbers of yeshiva students patronize the eatery. (Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Internal Security: March 14, 2012

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A former General Security Service employee and former police officer, as well as an attorney, were arrested on suspicion that they used their influence and security clearance in order to smuggle people with travel restrictions out of the country in return for money.

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Political: March 14, 2012

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The Prime Minister’s Office will allocate up to 4.9 million shekels to commemorate the memory and legacy of former minister Rehavam Ze’evi (Gandhi).  The funds will be added to the 2.5 million shekels which the PMO and Tourism Ministry have already earmarked to commemorate Ze’evi in 2012 and 2013 in a project at the Sha’ar Hagai caravansary on the road to Jerusalem. (Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Education: March 14, 2012

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A Bar-Ilan University academic course titled “Marital Communication” is open only to women and has a prerequisite of at least one year of marriage. (Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Economy and Society: March 14, 2012

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The Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office announced during the national energy conference, that construction of onshore natural gas terminals will be expedited by a process that bypasses residents’ and environmental organizations’ action committees.

(Hebrew - Ynet)

Military and Security Forces: March 14, 2012

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A reserve soldier serving near the Ketziot Detention Facility claims that he has witnessed cases in which inflitrators brought to the nearby army base were abandoned in the sun without any food.  According to soldiers in the field, the commanding officer in charge of them is a young man who went home for the weekend.

(Hebrew - Black Labor)

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March 14th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Media: March 14, 2012

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The management of the Israel Broadcast Authority issued a private work permit to the head of its news division, Moshe Nestlebaum, despite legal advise it received to the contrary on the issue.  The legal opinion states that there is a concern for a conflict of interest between his employment as the head of the news division and his private work hosting cultural round tables in which the participants are senior members of the media, politics and culture.

(Hebrew - Haaretz)

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March 14th, 2012 at 7:26 pm