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24 Shevat 5766 - February 22, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Iran and Hamas Link Up Officially
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

"The Ayatollah's regime will have a major role in Palestine," Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who is based in Syria, said on Tuesday in a meeting in Teheran with the Iranian Foreign Minister. "We trust Iran to help us deal with the challenges facing us today."

After Street Protest, Magistrate Says French Suspects will Face Hate-Crime Charges
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The Jewish community and others in France were appalled by the kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jewish sales assistant who was abducted by a gang of Moslem Africans and Arabs from the Arab neighborhood of Bagneux in the suburbs south of Paris.

Cuts in Child Allotments Affected Working Families Most
by G. Kleiman

"The cut in Child Allowances left more children below the poverty line. The poverty rate among children focuses on working families. The cut in Children's Allotments did not push recipients out into the job market [who were not there before]," said Former Bank of Israel Deputy Governor Prof. Tzvi Zussman during a child welfare conference in Be'er Sheva.

Investigative Report Reveals Public Opinion Surveys are Skewed
by G. Lazer

Public opinion surveys are unreliable because phone workers who conduct the surveys sometimes fill out the questions themselves to avoid penalties for failing to meet their employers' quotas, according to an investigative report by Arutz 10.

Court Issues Closure Order for Bais Yaakov School in Raanana
by A. Cohen

Tempers are heating up at Chinuch Atzmai and within Raanana's observant residents, in light of ongoing efforts by secular figures in the city to sabotage the local Bais Yaakov secondary school. The issue came to a head recently when a court ordered the school closed on the grounds that classes are held in a structure that the municipality did not approve for non-residential use.

Yeruchom Kehilloh Draws New Kollel Families
By Betzalel Kahn

Following an announcement several weeks ago about a program to secure a special income supplement for a group of outstanding avreichim by joining the Torah kehilloh in Yeruchom, dozens of avreichim have decided to move to the city.

Study of the Laws of Loshon Hora Gains Impetus
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

(whose yahrtzeit was 22 Shvat). On that occasion, many newcomers joined the hundreds of thousands of Jews the world over who are already pursuing this program, which entails studying two halochos per day from the Chofetz Chaim's Shemiras Haloshon.

Hoof and Mouth Disease in Argentina Could Lead to Pesach Meat Shortage
By G. Kleiman

Last week the disease was discovered in cattle herds in the Corrientes province, located 25 miles from the Paraguayan border. Over 70 head of cattle were found to be contaminated and herds were destroyed immediately, based on orders by government authorities.

Stolen Genizoh Truck Recovered from Arab Village
by Betzalel Kahn

Through joint efforts by the police and IDF and with the help of chareidi public figures, a truck belonging to Vaad Hagenizoh Hakloli was located a short time after it was stolen from the Atarot Industrial Zone north of Jerusalem.

Gemach Merkazi Launches Kibbud Horim Plan
by Betzalel Kahn

The Gemach Merkazi is proud to announce the completion of the Amudei Chessed program, which brought into the fund nearly $1.5 million that quickly went toward loans and allowed the organization to help move hundreds of applicants up the waiting list. Members scheduled to receive loans years from now received letters summoning them to complete their donation and receive a loan.

Security Officials Warn Against Hamas Trap
By Aryeh Zissman

Security officials are warning against sweet talk and doublespeak by the Hamas government. In public Hamas heads are issuing moderate proclamations to win over the international community but in practice the Hamas is working toward its long-term goal of annihilating Israel as stated explicitly in its charter. The head of the IDF intelligence called the Hamas' policy "a honey trap."

Call an Ambulance at 101, Not Hatzoloh
by Betzalel Kahn

Hatzoloh Yisroel is making ongoing efforts to prevent citizens whose children need medical attention from rushing with the child to the home of the neighborhood medic rather than summoning an ambulance.

Bnei Brak Municipality Collected over NIS 157 Million in Property Taxes in 2005
by A. Cohen

Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankentahl said he would provide double matching funds for any sum municipal collections department workers collect beyond the anticipated amount for the 2006 fiscal year, using the funds to develop infrastructures around the city.

Dozens of Chareidi Educational Facilities in Jerusalem Undergo Renovation
by Betzalel Kahn

The Department of Chareidi Education at the Jerusalem Municipality is responding to Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky's call to improve the face of the city by executing renovation work at selected educational institutions with the help of various municipal departments.

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