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Education: 22nd December, 2010

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The advocacy group ‘Adala appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice, representing 70 parents and pupils of the unrecognized village Sawavin in the Negev, demanding an available educational frame work for 350 elementary school children. The children of Sawavin do not study since the beginning of the school year, since the local council of Segev Shalom and the Ministry of Education decided to transfer them to elementary schools in the villages of Al A’asem and Abu Tlul, which are 20 kilometers away from the village and whose classes are acutely crowded. (Hebrew)

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December 22nd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Closed Society: 25 November, 2010

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Didi Hershovitz, member of the Jerusalem City Council on behalf of Yisrael Beitenu, stated in an interview that his goal is to Jewify the entire old city basin in Jerusalem. Hershkovitz said further that he supports anyone who calls for no sale of apartments to Arabs. “The situation on the ground is that they don’t let us live wherever we want, and we – because of the politically correct [sic] that we adopt in this country, let Arabs live anywhere they want. I am angry about the discrimination between Jews and Arabs, so that Arabs can live anywhere they want and Jews cannot,” said Hershkovitz. (Hebrew)

Political: 4th November, 2010

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The Education, Science and Sulture UN Organization (UNESCO) denounced Israel for including Rachel’s Tomb in the Israeli government’s heritage sites plane, as well as for the works on the Mughrabi Gate in Old Jerusalem, the situation in Gaza and eastern Jerusalem and the status of culture in the West Bank. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, announced (Hebrew) Israel suspends its cooperation with UNESCO on these issues. Yes the deputy minister’s spokeswoman, Irena Ettinger, published an announcement according to which Ayalon suspended Israeli cooperation with UNESCO until “this scandalous decision” is cancelled.

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November 4th, 2010 at 7:49 am

Closed Society: 27 October, 2010

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Police fired (Hebrew)  tear gas and stun grenades, in order to disperse hooded demonstrators in Umm El-Fahm, who threw stones and burned tires during a demonstration of dozens of right-wing activists against the Islamic Movement.

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October 27th, 2010 at 11:36 am