News Nosh: June 15, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 15, 2018
Quote of the day:
“My hope is I get to see my Jewish brothers and sisters roam freely from Jerusalem to Ramallah, to Babylon and to the Nile, and for my fellow Arabs and Muslims to walk through Israel without fear of having an Israel stamp in their passports.”
--Sarah Idan, aka “Miss Iraq,” said during her visit this week to Israel where she met up with her friend, "Miss Israel," from the 2017 Miss Universe contest. Idan’s family was forced to flee Iraq after she posted a selfie of the two women in 2017.

You Must Be Kidding: 
And while this week Miss Iraq visited Israel and the new political leader of Iraq called for Iraqi Jews to return to Iraq, dozens of Israelis in the Israeli city of Afula demonstrated yesterday again against the sale of a home to an Arab-Israeli family. And while the police last month detained 21 peaceful Arab-Israeli protesters in Haifa and injured seven of them, it "settled" for restraining the Jewish-Israeli protesters in Afula to the curbs and detained none.

Front Page:
  • Ministers expected to approve law prohibiting filming military activity in the West Bank
  • Opening whistle (of Mundial world soccer cup)
  • Draft, emergency // Yossi Verter
  • IDF against the (Palestinian) fisherman: Shooting at innocent (fishermen), confiscating their boats and prohibiting bringing maintenance equipment: This is how the military is bringing about the collapse of the second most important source of income in Gaza
  • “Desire to destroy an opposing political institution”: The censored letter of the man who jumped from the Altalena
  • Summit with Trump creates a business opportunity for N. Korea // Nadav Feldman
  • Failed investigations and vulgar treatment: Something bad is happening to Police Internal Investigations Department // Hilo Glazer
  • Yehonatan Geffen’s new children’s book is wild and unexpected
  • Fifty years since the utopian attempt to create a Jewish world without borders // David Ruskis
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Russian romance - Mundial World Cup began with 5:0 victory for Russia over Saudi Arabia
  • Special to Yedioth - N. Korea: A look from inside
  • An overinflated balloon // Sima Kadmon
  • Following in her path: Younger sister of (pilot who died in India) Tamar Ariel is completing pilot’s course
  • In IDF, they are making clear: “Containment is over: We will shoot a cell of kite (launchers)”
  • (Yedioth publisher) Mozes and (Zionst Camp MK) Cabel were interrogated in Case 2000
  • Periphery towns, Generation 2.0 - Merav Betito on a journey to the new generation of the periphery. First article in a series
  • On the right foot - Dana Spector in a close conversation with her former partner (right-wing journalist) Arel Segal
  • Migdal Shams - Would you believe that Shams [Arab-Israeli hijab-wearing woman] from ‘Big Brother’ reality show once was a fan of Beitar Jerusalem [anti-Arab soccer team]?
Maariv Weekend (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Health Ministry probing: Did the senior supervisor act in conflict of interests? The suspicion: Corruption and covering up in the supervision over hospitals
  • Kite alert - Highest tension in IDF: Hamas threatens to launch 5000 burning kites this morning towards Israel
  • Celebratory opening - Mundial began with 5:0 victory for Russia over Saudi Arabia
  • Broken heart - Relatives of members in the ‘Lev Tahor’ cult in attack against the state: “They abandoned our dear ones in Guatemala”
  • “Iran is in a panic because it understands that the Trump doctrine works”: Interview with Minister Yisrael Katz

News Summary:
The Russian victory on the opening day of the world cup, the Gazan threat to launch 5000 burning kites towards Israel until it stops the siege and the IDF firing ‘warning shots’ for the first time at kite launchers and threats to shoot them were today's top stories in the Hebrew newspapers.

Not mentioned was that another young Palestinian in Gaza succumbed to his wounds sustained when an IDF sniper shot him in the head this week during the Gaza protests. The killing of Ahmad Ziad Tawfiq la-Assi, 21, brings the total number of Palestinians killed in protests since the start of the ‘Great March of Return’ on March 30th to 126.

In other key news, Yedioth revealed that Prince William intends on visiting the Wailing Wall and that Kensington Palace considers that also part of his visit to the Palestinian Authority. And Haaretz+ revealed that Israeli ministers are expected to approve a bill prohibiting distribution of photos or footage of soldiers. The bill will be detrimental to proving human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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