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Closed Society: November 11, 2012

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Arabs trying to reserve a table at “Soho” restaurant  in Rishon LeZion claim that they were systematically prevented from doing so, out of apparently racist motives.  The Jaffa couple Sama and Mahmoud Safouri recorded their conversations with restaurant employees, which seemingly indicated that when they couple tried to reserve a table under an Arab name they were refused using different excuses, but when they called again and used a Jewish name to reserve a table for the exact same time, they request was accepted. (Haaretz)

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November 11th, 2012 at 9:30 am

Internal Security: March 25, 2012

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A reporter for the Maariv newspaper filmed police vehicles parked in a disabled-only parking space near the Rishon LeZion police station. One of the police officers cited the reporter for obstruction to traffic, although the reporter claims that there was no traffic in the street during that time.

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March 25th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Closed Society: June 29, 2011

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In a kindergarten named “Jerusalem of Gold” in the Ramat Eliyahu quarter of Rishon Lezion, only children of Ethiopian descent are attending. In a Knesset session, authorities put the blame on the parents for not sending their children to the kindergarten.

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June 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Police: June 16, 2011

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A resident of Rishon LeZion claims that policemen beat him up during a performance by the singer Omar Adam in Caesarea Amphitheater. He said he was injured and had to be hospitalized in Hillel Yaffe medical center. The police claim the officers did not attack the young man, and that he was part of a group which caused a disturbance near the stage.

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June 16th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Local Government: May 27, 2011

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Rishon LeZion Gay Pride Parade organizer Ishai Rotman says that the municipality did not support the event. He said, “I called the City even before Passover, and then they told me to come after the Holiday. Then they said that I should contact the municipality, which I did. But then the staff of the deputy City manager told us that we were late, we needed to apply for support four months in advance , so they couldn’t help us”. Aryeh Cohen, a Deputy Mayor from the Shas orthodox party, said that “the city must not to support them, nor any other authority, but the Ministry of Health.”

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May 27th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Economy: 3 May, 2011

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This year Memorial Day ceremonies were privatized in many places in the country. For the first time, in the central ceremony in Jerusalem the admission will not be free .

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May 3rd, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Closed Society: 11 January, 2011

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“Immodest” images of women used in municipal tax booklets published by the Rishon LeZion municipality offended one of the city’s residents: “When I saw this booklet I threw it out of my house”. The Deputy Mayor, Arie Cohen (Shas) said: “My wife threw it away and unfortunately I will not be able to benefit from the information in this booklet”. The municipality has not issued a response.

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January 11th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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Closed Society: 7 December, 2010

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Over the past few weeks, dozens of municipal rabbis signed a rabbinical verdict prohibiting the rental of apartments to Arabs. Politicians active in the orthodox Zionist stream have started to sign rabbis onto the statement on this issue in order to lower the number of apartments rented to Arabs and to prevent Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safad, who has already prohibited the rental of apartments to non-Jews. The politicians hope that since dozens of municipal rabbis, all of whom receive salaries from the state, have joined the call, the State Prosecutor will understand that the position is a principled one, deriving from Jewish religious law (halacha), and that legal and criminal measures cannot be used against these rabbis. The letter was signed by the following  municipal rabbis, among others: Yaakov Edelstein of Ramat Hasharon, Yosef Sheinen of Ashdod, Moshe Hevelin of Qiryat Gat, David Wolfa of Rishon LeZion, Avraham Margalit of Carmiel, Zion Suderi of Gedera, Shmuel David of Afula, Simcha Hacohen of Rehovot, Azarya Basis of Rosh Hayain, Yitzchak Yaakobovitch of Herzliya, Yeshayahu Meitles of Nahariya, Yeshaya Herzl of Nazareth Illit, David Sedaka of Pardes Hannah, and Avraham Ohayun of Ofakim. (Hebrew, English)