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12 Sivan 5766 - June 8, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Europeans Don't Believe Palestinians Any More
by M Plaut

European support for the Palestinians has dropped dramatically according to American poll expert Stan Greenberg who has studied recent European attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinians.

IDF and Jerusalem Municipality Working to Combat Mosquitoes
By Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Municipality, in cooperation with IDF Central Command, has begun a large-scale operation to control a major outburst of mosquitoes in northern parts of the city. North Jerusalem residents have been suffering from an unprecedented plague of mosquitoes attributed to a massive flow of sewage from Ramallah toward Jerusalem and the Soreq River.

Tens of Thousands of Rental Apartments to be Built Within Two years
By Eliezer Rauchberger

Housing Minister Meir Shetreet told the Knesset Finance Committee that the issue of housing rentals is at the top of his ministry's agenda and he plans to have tens of thousands of rental units built within the next two years.

Eiland Calls Disengagement "Missed Opportunity of Historic Proportions"
By G. Lazer and E. Rauchberger

Outgoing National Security Council Chief Giora Eiland told Ha'aretz in an interview the disengagement from the Gaza Strip was "a missed opportunity of historical proportions." Gen. (Res.) Eiland is ending his term after two- and-a-half years, to be replaced by former Mossad Deputy Chief Ilan Mizrachi.

Antisemitic Black Organization Seeds Fear in Paris' Jewish Quarter — French Minister Says, "We will defend the Jews."
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

"Here we're not in Palestine, we will crush you Jews, we will smash in your heads," called out a band of about 30 blacks in Paris' Jewish quarter last week. Clad in black battle garb the members of the antisemitic gang held a military parade on Rue des Rosiers, forcing Jewish store owners in the old Jewish neighborhood to shut tight their storefronts and hide.

Jerusalem Will Start Laying Light Rail Track This Summer
by S. Fried

Groundwork for the Jerusalem light-rail system is moving ahead at a rapid pace. As the Jerusalem Municipality completes the foundation work along the route, the project concession holder is doing its share of the task by making preparations to lay the tracks.

Parchment Made by Non-Jews and Non-Observant Jews Sold as Kosher Klaf
by Betzalel Kahn

Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Stam and Vaad Mefakchei Stam Vetashmishei Kedushoh are issuing warnings against gidim (sinews) manufactured by non-Jews in the former Soviet Union and sold as fine, kosher gidim, and against parchment made at factories in the Territories by Arabs and at factories in Israel that do not keep Torah and mitzvas. The parchment is not made lishmoh.

New Library in Ramat Shlomo
by Betzalel Kahn

A library with an extensive collection of Torah works and reading material is currently being built at the community center in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. The construction of the library was made possible through the efforts of Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky, who allocated land, gave funding priority and arranged financing.

10,000 Annual Deaths in Israel Due to Smoking
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ten thousand people die in Israel each year as a result of smoking and 1,500 die due to passive smoking according to statistics the Israel Cancer Association (ICA) published last week to mark No-Smoking Day.

Ezer Mizion Sponsors Lecture Series on Child Development
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Following numerous requests by parents and educators, the children's department of Ezer Mizion has launched a lecture series called "Me and My Child: Landmarks in Child Development." The first event was held on 10 Iyar in cooperation with the Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, at Ezer Mizion's new center in Bnei Brak, drawing many parents along with education, health care and welfare professionals from Bnei Brak and the surrounding areas.

Classroom Construction Projects Set to Begin in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Municipality is set to begin construction on dozens of classrooms at a total cost of NIS 20 million ($4.4 million). The initiative was made possible through Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky's efforts to arrange funding.

Egged Working to Improve Service in Chareidi Areas
By S. Fried

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni held a meeting with ranking Egged officials and decision-makers to help meet the varied needs of chareidi public transportation users.

Many Do Not Buckle Up in Backseat
by S. Fried

The National Road Safety Authority conducted an observation survey in urban areas with large concentrations of chareidi residents, to gauge the rate of seatbelt use. The survey produced the following findings:

New Eruv in Neveh Yaakov
by Betzalel Kahn

Neveh Yaakov residents inaugurated the new neighborhood eruv on motzei Shabbos Parshas Behar- Bechukosai.

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