News Nosh 8.4.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, August 4, 2017
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
Israel is forcing a Palestinian family to leave their home where they have lived 53 years in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The home was registered as owned by a Jewish family before the '48 war and a settler organization battled in court in the Jewish owners' name to reclaim the property. However, Israel does not allow Palestinians to take back the properties in W. Jerusalem (and elsewhere) that Jews moved into after the '48 war.

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
 "If anyone wants to swim with Arabs, let him take them home. Here there's no place for it."
--Thus said a resident of Kochav Yair-Tzur Yigal, where the upscale Israeli country club has changed membership rules to prevent Arabs, who were 3% of the members, from being members anymore.

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Bribery, fraud and breach of trust - Police: These are the suspicions in the Netanyahu cases (Hebrew)
  • The storm is getting closer // Nahum Barnes
  • A new game // Sima Kadmon
  • The next in line // Yoav Hendel
  • The shaking chair // Ben-Dror Yemini
  • Elor (Azaria’s) performance
  • The (military) prosecutor’s version - Special: After he won in the loaded file of the country, Adv. Nadav Weisman speaks about the stormy months: “You hear the shouts of ‘traitor’ - and you continue to battle
  • Jerusalem of Pride - 25,000 LGBTs and straights, religious and secular, participated in the Gay Pride Parade
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals crashing
  • Police: Suspicion of bribery in Cases 1000 and 2000
  • (Elor Azaria) accepted the judgment
  • 20 teachers sexually harmed pupils
  • 22,000 participated in Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade; (Jewish) suspect caught with a knife
  • Venezuela is burning - How the rich country turned into a source of terror, crime and anti-Semitism - and why Jews aren’t leaving

News Summary:
By far, the biggest story of the Friday Hebrew newspapers was that the Israel police told the court that Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Cases 1000 and 2000. Three of the main papers had a photo of Netanyahu splashed across the front page. Unsurprisingly, Israel Hayom mentioned the news in a small front page article without naming Netanyahu in the headline and without a photo. The commentators believe that this time, Netanyahu is really in trouble. Also high in the news, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for executing an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in Hebron last year, Elor Azaria, asked the IDF chief of staff to exchange his 18-month prison sentence with community service, but didn’t express regret for his actions, and he gave a Facebook live video statement saying he would enter jail ‘with his head up’ (Maariv), Teva Pharmaceuticals' stocks are crashing, and over 20,000 gay and straight and religious and secular people attended the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, also marking the murder of Shira Banki there two years earlier in the hands of a religious Jewish extremist, marking top stories in the Hebrew Friday papers.

Also, Jordan's King Abdullah will travel to Ramallah on Monday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the recent events on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and political developments because Abbas, who is refusing contact with Israel, cannot coordinate his exit from the West Bank.

Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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