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Closed Society: April 30, 2013

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MK Miri Regev, Chairwoman of the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee, ordered her security guards to prevent an Eritrean man from entering a bus she was travelling in during a tour the committee conducted in the Central Bus Station area of South Tel-Aviv. (972mag)

(Hebrew – Srugim)

Closed Society: April 21, 2013

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The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs approved a bill proposed by Minister of Interior Gideon Sa’ar which would forbid African migrants from sending money abroad. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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April 21st, 2013 at 8:54 am

Media: February 20, 2013

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Journalist Shalom Yerushalmi claims that Minister of Education, Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), received a complete “defensive shield” from publication of uncomplimentary items about him from former Ma’ariv editor, Nir Hefetz.

(Hebrew Audio – Seder Yom)

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February 20th, 2013 at 9:48 am

Political: February 10, 2013

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During his tenure as Minister of Agriculture, Yisrael Katz (Likud) founded the Plant Board and used it as a tool for political appointments. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 10th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Political: February 8, 2013

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A letter sent to “Globes” newspaper, allegedly written by an adviser to a senior Likud minister, details improper behaviour by the minister. The letter further alleges that a large media outlet has shelved an investigative report on the subject.

(Hebrew – Globes)

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February 8th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Political: January 3, 2013

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The Likud party rejected a call to sign a cross-party Jewish-Arab equality covenant. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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January 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Media: January 1, 2013

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A new reporter, Ze’ev Schneider, was recently appointed to the news division of the national radio broadcaster, Kol Yisrael, without being assigned a regular field of coverage.  Schneider has no prior experience in journalism, and did not pass a journalism course.  Schneider’s father is Nehemia Schneider, a Likud activist who serves as a paid advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

(Hebrew – The Marker)

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January 1st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Settlers and Settlements: December 31, 2012

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Minister of Finance, Yuval Steinitz (Likud), signed off on a map of national priorities, which provides tax benefits for land purchases for housing in 660 communities, including 87 settlements in the West Bank.  Frontier communities which have been targeted by rockets from the Gaza Strip were not included in the list. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Ynet)

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December 31st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Political: December 16, 2012

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Minister of Education, Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), said last week that the achievements of Israeli pupils in an international test in mathematics “reflect a transformation”, even though the ministry knew that a comparison between the results of the latest test and the previous ones is not possible.  At the bottom of pg 422 of the TIMSS 2011 report there is a note stating that “data [are] not comparable for measuring trends to 2011, primarily due to countries improving translations or increasing population coverage.” (Haaretz)

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December 16th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Political: December 10, 2012

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Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister, Silvan Shalom (Likud), admitted that the selection of the three jurists who prepared the Levy Report – retired Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, former Foreign Ministry legal advisor Alan Baker, and retired Judge Tchia Shapira – was not coincidental.  Shalom was caught on tape admitting to a closed Likud event that the three were handpicked to produce desired findings, and that Justice Levy was selected because he was formerly a Likud member. (Times of Israel)

(Hebrew – Walla!)