News Nosh 7.4.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday July 4, 2019

Quote of the day:
"Israel has developed a map of correctness for itself showing that some racism and violence are permissible and some are not. The police will be informed about it in the next few days."
--Haaretz's Gideon Levy writes that Israel cannot have a morality which bans the killing of people based on their skin color (the Ethiopian-Israelis), but allows the killing of others because of their nationality (Palestinian).*

Front Page:
  • Ethiopian-Israelis’ protest: Demonstrations at a number of places, police prevented blocking of roads
  • In the Ethiopian-Israeli community, they count 11 dead following disputes with police. These are their stories
  • Police does not report on racism towards Ethiopian-Israelis
  • Demonstrators explain why they went to the streets
  • The finger is fast on the trigger // Mordechai Kremnitzer
  • Rouhani: From Sunday we will enrich uranium beyond the amount agreed upon
  • Canceling of the IDF training track for female tankists might not pass the test of the High Court regarding Alice Miller // Amos Harel
  • Rivlin considered acting against the deportation of Philipino women and their children, but withdrew
  • The bones from Ashkelon prove that Philistines came from South Africa
  • What will change? // Gideon Levy
  • The wallet and the stigma // Noa Osterreicher on drafting the rich to support the arts after the cancelling of government funding
Yedioth Ahronoth
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom

Top News Summary:
The Ethiopian-Israeli protests against police brutality waned, but the expansive coverage in the Hebrew newspapers of discrimination and racism towards the community continued, and unfounded accusations sprouted by some in the right-wing that the protests were fueled by the ‘New Israel Fund’ and ‘left-wing media.’ Also in the news, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the Gaza Strip periphery and met with leaders of the Israeli communities from the whole south, but two leaders from the Gaza Strip periphery walked out on Netanyahu saying he wasn't dealing with the periphery's specific challenges and Netanyahu was left with just declaring a warning to Gazans that Israel wants to restore calm in the south, but it is “preparing for a military operation.” Also, three of the four main Hebrew newspapers interviewed outgoing State Comptroller Yosef Shapira, who initially probed the case for which Sara Netanyahu was convicted, as a result of which, Shapira said Netanyahu wasn't talking to him anymore. (See more in Interviews section below.)

During the condolence visit of the Coastal District Police Chief, at the family of Solomon Teka, the Ethiopian-Israeli shot dead by police, the family urged a halt to the protests. Meanwhile, the acting Police Commissioner and the Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan met with some of the senior representatives of the Ethiopian-Israeli community to create a dialogue and try to prevent violence at the protests. Erdan promised to establish a body in the police that will supervise the disciplinary treatment of racist incidents by police towards Ethiopian-Israelis.

Some excerpts from the Hebrew media about the Ethiopian-Israelis’ protests and the racism:
  • The Paratroopers' company commander who called a soldier a "stinking ni#*er” was dismissed from the army - After the soldiers complained about the light punishment of the officer who called an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier a "stinking ni$*er and the fact that it was decided to leave him in his position for another month, the IDF decided to harshen the punishment against the company officer in the paratroopers brigade: he would be dismissed from the army in two weeks' time. The IDF Spokesperson: "The army condemns such statements and will continue to act to eradicate them.” (Yedioth p. 6)
  • "I, who led soldiers, have to look down when facing policemen" - Almanach Kas, 25, of Tirat Hacarmel, a member of the Ethiopian community, told Ma'ariv: “In the end, the people on the ground will bring the change, and we will fight so that Israeli society will hear what we have to say.” (Maariv)
  • Ethiopian youths threw Molotov cocktails at a police station - The incident occurred early Thursday morning in Be'er Yaakov, there were no casualties. The police arrested two 17-year-old boys and arrested 20 protesters who tried to prevent the arrest. In another case, a police officer was attacked and wounded. (Maariv+VIDEO)
  • 'Rioters exploited our willingness to allow legitimate protests' - Acting Israel Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Moti Cohen urges nation's police to allow activists to protest, "as is their right in a democratic state," while cracking down on violence and rioting. (Israel Hayom)
  • Rage Against the Police: 13 Photos From Ethiopian Israelis' Protest - Escalating demonstrations over the death of 18-year-old Ethiopian Israeli teen Solomon Teka are entering the third day. (Haaretz)
  • (Nationalist-religious journalist) Shimon Riklin: "The media, leftist journalists and organizations are behind the demonstrations" - Since the demonstrations began, a number of right-wing activists claimed that the New Israel Fund was behind the demonstrations and responsible for inciting the youth of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, a claim for which there is no evidence or proof.The presenter of Channel 20 (religious nationalist media network) claimed that external factors inflamed the Ethiopian community. (More in Interviews below.) (Maariv)
  • Anti-racism Panel’s Initiatives for Ethiopian Israelis Not Fully Implemented - Following protests in the Ethiopian Israeli community four years ago, the government made 52 decisions to fight racism through education, media and police outreach. Only 9 were carried out. (Haaretz+)
  • State stopped funding for program for Ethiopian-Israeli youth - TELEM program, which advanced thousands of Ethiopian-Israeli teens, stopped being funding in the last few months. Ministry for Social Equality: "We are proud of the program and will continue to fund it." (Yedioth, p. 6)
  • Erdan: "Government Investigation Needed for DIP's Efficiency and Trust in its Investigations" - The Minister criticized the Department for the Investigation of Police Officers following the investigations into cases of shooting at members of the Ethiopian community. Director-General of the Ministry of Justice: “To begin with, police officers should not shoot anyone who does not need to be shot at.“ (Maariv)
  • Discrimination in numbers: Why do Ethiopian-Israelis earn 30% less - Most of them in poor economic situation compared to the general population, and also those that already have an academic degree find it difficult to break the glass ceiling. This is what inequality looks like. (Yedioth 'Mamun' economic supplement, cover)
  • The financial damage to private and public property stands at millions of shekels - Demonstrators damaged private cars, police cars, traffic lights and roads. They also prevented people who needed medical aid from getting it when they blocked the path of rescue people. Ambulances treated 83 injured people, 47 of them police officers. (Maariv, p. 6)

Elections Quickees:
  • Israel's Labor Chairman-elect Vows to Form 'Democratic Force' Through Alliances - Peretz suspended victory celebrations due to protests over police killing of Ethiopian Israeli teen, saying it's 'time for a social leadership.’ (Haaretz+)
  • Netanyahu's ex-top aide dishes on his dirty tricks, warns of 'complete chaos' post-Bibi - Media consultant Yossi Levy talks about his former boss, the premier, who he says has no serious long-term vision for Israel. (Haaretz)
  • Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Rafi Peretz: No right-wing union with Kahane acolyte - Far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party vows to keep Baruch Marzel on its list of candidates for Knesset, says it will pass threshold for parliament in September elections. Education Minister Rafi Peretz, says he will not remain part of the Union of Right-Wing Parties with Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), if Marzel, the former acolyte of late racist Rabbi Meir Kahane, is on the list. (Yedioth/Ynet)
  • Senior Israeli Rabbi Says Whirlwind of Politics 'Is Not for Women' - Religious-Zionist rabbi Shlomo Aviner, who has major political influence, rejects possibility that Ayelet Shaked can head bloc of right-wing parties. (Haaretz)
  • Pollster Mina Tzemach resigns: “The deceit in the last elections strengthened my decision" - "I have no way of overcoming the lies in the polls. Likud activists called me to apologize," the veteran pollster said in an interview Monday. (Maariv)
  • Netanyahu Would Still Need Lieberman to Form Government After Election, Polls Suggest - Right-wing bloc without Lieberman would stop short of 61 seats needed for a majority coalition, Israeli TV polls show. (Haaretz+)
Quick Hits:
  • Top court throws out case demanding Palestinian kids be allowed to call parents from prison - The Israeli Supreme Court refuses to hear arguments in a case about whether Palestinian minors imprisoned by Israel should be allowed to speak to their families on the phone. (+972mag)
  • Palestinian Authority to 'Take Practical Steps' to Reduce Dependency on Israeli Economy, Minister Says - Measures to include keeping Israeli products off the market, slashing referrals of Palestinian patients to Israeli hospitals and building solar energy plants. (Haaretz)
  • This is how the Likud thwarted a discussion on  illegal Palestinian construction - Nine members of Likud signed a demand to hold a discussion in the Knesset plenum about the issue of illegal Palestinian construction in the last decade. After the Likud understood that the discussion was about illegal construction committed during Netanyahu's tenure, Likud MKs who supported holding a special session on the matter were asked to withdraw their signatures. Recently, the ‘Regavim’ organization, which follows illegal Palestinian construction, published data, according to which in the past ten years no less than 28,000 illegal Palestinian structures have been built in Area C, the areas of West Bank under full Israeli control under the Oslo Accords. (Yedioth, p. 8)
  • EU appoints outspoken Israel critic as foreign policy chief - Jerusalem disappointed by news that Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who has lauded Iran's I979 Islamic Revolution and said the world has "to live" with Iran's calls for Israel's destruction, appointed EU foreign policy chief. (Israel Hayom)
  • Netanyahu attends first official 4th of July event to be held in Jerusalem - US Ambassador David Friedman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hail "new heights" in Israeli-American ties, praise US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Israel Hayom)
  • Kushner: Trump is 'very fond' of Palestinian President Abbas, willing to engage on peace plan - White House adviser hinted a peace plan might call on Palestinian refugees to settle where they are and not return to lands now in Israel; 'our door is always open to the Palestinian leadership,' Kushner says. (Agencies, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • Nine in ten Palestinians distrust US economic plan - The survey also finds that 79% of the Palestinian population support their leaders' boycott of the conference, while just 15% oppose that position. (Israel Hayom)
  • Islamic organization condemns Israeli tunnel in East Jerusalem - Organization of Islamic Cooperation slams opening ceremony for 2,000-year-old underground route that led to the Jewish Temple; event put on by right-wing City of David organization included participation by U.S. ambassador and Mideast envoy. (Agencies, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
  • PA increases terrorists' salaries by 12%, media watchdog says - The Palestinian Authority has paid terrorists and their families some $66 million in the first five months of 2019, Palestinian Media Watch finds. Israel and the US have lambasted the Palestinian "pay-to-slay" program, but PA President Abbas has vowed to keep up payments "even if the PA has to spend its last penny to do so." (Israel Hayom)
  • Shin Bet Nabs Hamas Operative Who Was Let Into Israel for Medical Treatment - Alleged explosives expert is said to have received extensive instruction from Hamas before being sent to West Bank to plan attacks in Israel. (Haaretz+ and Maariv)
  • Israel targets Gaza-bound weapon shipments in Sinai - In i24NEWS exclusive report, Palestinian sources say IDF has targeted three trucks carrying weapons bound for Palestinian Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza since November. (i24News/Israel Hayom)
  • "My brother arrived at Wolfson Hospital after a suicide attempt, he was released - and committed suicide" - The sister of Eytan Doron Wineapple, who committed suicide in Tel Aviv two weeks ago, plans to sue Wolfson Hospital in Holon. Eitan, 33, who immigrated to Israel (six months earlier) from Manchester, England, was found dead in his apartment (a few weeks) after he got married. "My brother had a fight with his new wife and tried to commit suicide, and his wife brought him to the hospital, where he was released. He returned home and committed suicide…I do not understand how someone who tried to commit suicide was not forcibly hospitalized,” said Avital, who lives in England. "There are so many suicides among immigrants and they do not have any emotional support," says LiAmi Lawrence, the founder of KeepOlim - the Movement for Keeping Immigrants in Israel. According to Lawrence, Israel has a high percentage of suicides, with about a third of the suicides by immigrants. “Our organization helps as much as it can. We responded to more than 150 immigrants who threatened to commit suicide, but that is not enough.’ (Maariv, a condolence page and a fundraiser by his sister in his memory)
  • Three convicted in Dimona nuclear research agency fraud - Besides the three individual defendants, the case also led to charges against two entities used by the defendants. The court fined those companies or seized assets worth NIS 450,000. (Maariv and JPost)
  • Pro-Israel NGO The Israel Project Could Shut Down in Days as Fundraising Stalls - Ever since its founding in 2002, TIP has focused on working with international media outlets to influence media coverage and improve Israel’s international image. (Haaretz+)
  • Head of Huge Evangelical-funded Israeli Charity Quits Suddenly After Sexual Harassment Suit - George Mamo, CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, is accused of harassing two female employees; IFCJ raises about $140 million a year for Israel. (Haaretz+)
  • 'If She Were Jewish, They Would Have Caught the Murderer': Arab Israeli Teen's Death Remains Unsolved - Question marks continue to loom over the murder of Diana Abu Qatifan, who was shot dead on the eve of her wedding. Just like the cases of her mother and aunt. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel gas export to Egypt delayed to year’s end - Delek Drilling says pipeline checks have been completed but deliveries delayed. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Lebanon 'Hopes Work Will Be Done' to Resolve Maritime Border Dispute With Israel - U.S.-led talks expected in coming weeks, but Lebanon wants UN to mediate. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Chinese Tourism to Israel Rose 67% in First Half of 2019 - Growth returns after Beijing travel warning, set after Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, deterred visitors in 2018. (Haaretz+)
  • Iran's Rohani: We Can Enrich Uranium to 'Any Amount That We Want' - The Iranian president issues warning to pressure European partners in the nuclear accord to offer a way around U.S. sanctions targeting Tehran. (Agencies, Haaretz)
  • Trump Tells Iran Threats 'Can Come Back to Bite You' in Nuclear Standoff - U.S. president issues threat after Rohani announced that after July 7, Tehran would enrich uranium beyond the maximum allowed in the 2015 nuclear deal. (Agencies, Haaretz)

Should Palestinian children be able to call parents from prison? Israeli court will decide
Palestinian children in Israeli jails classified as ‘security prisoners’ are denied the right to speak to or see their families, sometimes for months on end. (Edo Konrad, +972mag)
‘Not MLK, but Malcolm X’: Is Israel Having Its Black Lives Matter Moment?
Both countries are experiencing police violence against black citizens, but experts say there is major difference between African-American and Ethiopian-Israeli communities. (Judy Maltz, Haaretz+)
Elections 2019 Commentary/Analysis:
Netanyahu’s High-cost Pandering to West Bank Settlers Doesn't Even Win Him Their Votes (David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum and David Patkin, Haaretz+) Netanyahu makes huge efforts to deliver for West Bank Jewish settlers, even when it endangers U.S. bipartisan support for Israel. But at the ballot box, our analysis shows, settlers don’t pay him back.
The sense of discrimination felt by Ethiopian immigrants will accompany the Likud party for generations (Efraim Ganor, Maariv) All of a sudden everyone understood that Ethiopian immigrants don’t accept everything thrown at them. As many Mizrachim still remember the discrimination by Mapai [today’s Labor party - OH], also today's rage will not be forgotten anytime soon.
A wise and dangerous man: Ehud Barak is trying to engineer reality (Shmuel Rosner, Maariv) It is customary to compare Ehud Barak's character to that of his former commander in the Sayeret Matkal commando unit, Netanyahu, but there is little resemblance. Netanyahu is a conservative - Barak is a revolutionary, Netanyahu is cautious and calculated - Barak is reckless.

Israel Might Apologize to Ethiopians but Will Keep Shooting at Unarmed Gazans (Gideon Levy, Haaretz+) Israel’s ludicrous attempt to create islands of morality and equality in a sea of racism and violence has once again blown up in its face...Israel is deluding itself that it is possible to be periodically racist or periodically violent – supporting and even encouraging one type of racism and having reservations about another kind. It is allowed to shoot one kind of individual just because of his nationality, but is barred from shooting another only because of the color of his skin: Yawning over or even applauding in the face of the killing of Palestinian demonstrators, yet feeling a bit uneasy over the killing of Ethiopians of the same age. Israel has developed a map of correctness for itself showing that some racism and violence are permissible and some are not. The police will be informed about it in the next few days. There will be a new sheet of instructions: Stop the racism against Ethiopians. As for everything else: carry on. It will be explained that beating and humiliating Ethiopians must stop, but it is allowed to continue toward other blacks, asylum seekers and also toward Israeli Arabs. And of course mistreatment of Palestinians in the territories is mandatory. ll the values and beliefs have been enlisted for this campaign of self-justification: The worship of security, the Chosen People, the Holocaust, the “existential” threat and fear-mongering – to provide cover for the unbridgeable disparity between pretense and reality.
But once in a while the mask is ripped off this deceitful spectacle and the irksome truth is revealed. That is what has been happening over the past few days with the Ethiopian protests.No one thinks the protesters are wrong...They express sympathy of sorts: The institutional racism and state violence have exceeded what is acceptable..All the other victims of Israeli racism – the “infiltrators,” “illegals,” “terrorists” – are illegitimate. You can go on shooting hundreds of Gazan protesters, and every so often again at Israeli Arab protesters, but leave the Jews alone.
The traffic jam worth being stuck in (Asaf Gur, Yedioth/Ynet) Those who think they've suffered in the tailbacks caused by the demonstrations of Ethiopian youth against police brutality that took place across Israel should imagine spending a day in their shoes, where simply walking down the street can get you arrested.
No room for incitement (Erez Biton, Israel Hayom) The protests by members of the Ethiopian Israeli community could be a double-edged sword, causing resentment among those civilians negatively affected by the demonstrations.
The strategic failure on (Public Security Minister) Gilad Erdan's shift - (Einav Shiff, Yedioth) Three nightly news programs ago, they showed a country in flames, (right-wing TV presenter) Avri Gilad skipped across the screen trying to convince viewers to join the battle against BDS, the boycott movement on Israel. Even before the explosion of the Ethiopian-Israeli protest, the (BDS) campaign sponsored by the 'Ministry for Strategic Affairs' gave the impression of a Mel Brooks style parody about the tendency of government intiatives to shoot arrows in all directions - except for the correct direction. Now, the historic gap between the significant - the (Ethiopian-Israeli) protest - and the insignificant - painting BDS as if it were a nuclear superpower - seems like an appropriate title for the service of Minister of Public Security - and Strategic Affairs! - Gilad Erdan. It took Erdan not a little amount of time to deal with what millions of Israelis saw with their own eyes view the TV or their car windshield. And he, when he wants, knows how to respond quickly. Very quickly. For example, the stubborn ruling that Yaakub Abu-Alian, who was killed by police in at the farcical eviction of the [unrecognized Bedouin - OH] village of Umm al-Hiran, was a 'terrorist.' [Which was proven wrong. -OH] Or when he was quick to update Donald Trump that "It's possible that also today there was a terror attack in Tel-Aviv," despite the fact that 90 minutes earlier the police announced that it was a traffic accident. And there is more...One way or another, one can assume that the last few days are far from providing prestige and respect to the police, and certainly not to the political ranks that are responsible for it, that is, Minister Erdan. But, it's not so bad: We always have BDS.
Treating shooting death of Ethiopian Israeli as 'exception' is the wall defending institutionalized racism (Guy Ben-Porat, Haaretz+) The police’s reaction to another killing of an Ethiopian-Israeli teenager – “the incident is being investigated” – is predictable and wrong for many reasons. First comes a sweeping denial, second, when the violence is documented and reported in the media, the victims are blamed: “They” behaved violently, the police responded “proportionately” or were defending themselves. Third, when the evidence makes it impossible to deny or deflect the blame, the incident is described as “exceptional” or “local”: A policeman or a few policemen deviated from the rules and will be punished. The police’s internal investigations range from describing police violence as reasonable to describing it as exceptional, and from exonerating a policeman or a few policemen to conviction. It doesn’t touch on the elephant in the room – institutionalized racism.
Silent protests get you nowhere in Israel (Ortal Mogas, Yedioth/Ynet) We saw how the protests of the disabled community slipped from the public agenda the minute they stopped blocking main roads, how the quiet and well-behaved protests after the death of Yehuda Biadga got us nowhere; the young generation has learned that in order to make headlines - and a difference - they needed to be noisy, inflammatory, aggressive.
The Right needs to be in the streets (Dr. Eitan Orkibi, Israel Hayom) When the Right accuses protesters of being "incited" by the Left, it isn't only forgetting that it also hates being labeled a "mindless herd," it is also shirking its social responsibility.
Ethiopian Israelis Are Furious at 'White Media' Coverage of Protests, and for a Good Reason (Vered Lee, Haaretz+) The media has been working hand-in-hand with police, describing demonstrators as violent and taking a perspective in line with Israel's racist establishment.
“Are we violent? Does anyone even understand what it means to live in a society that does not accept you?” (Yuval Bagno, Maariv) This is an unprecedented protest in the history of the Ethiopian community. It is led by dozens of “leaders” through dozens of Telegram WhatsApp groups, rather than by an orderly headquarters. A real guerrilla protest. No unruly punks are behind it, but rather young people born in Israel, the salt of the earth. And they want so much that we see them as that, part of us. The main lesson that the Israeli police will have to understand this week is not about tactics for dispersing mass demonstrations, but much deeper. The lesson that Israeli society must derive lies first and foremost in admitting guilt - we are all racists. The rage is justified.
Traffic jams and the true price of racism (Nahum Barnea, Yedioth/Ynet) Israel's government which has often incited racists and even brought them into the fold may be taken to task by young Israelis who have no faith in its establishment and now say enough is enough.
Why Arab states reject the Palestinian cause (Ken Cohen, Israel Hayom) Arab leaders have moved on to deal with their real problems and opportunities today, most of which can be more easily addressed with an Israeli partner.
Jared Kushner's Plan for Palestine Is Even Crazier Than You Thought (Teresita Cruz-del Rosario and Victor Kattan, Haaretz+) Kushner's 'economic peace' plan repeatedly claims that occupied Palestine can model itself after Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. That's certainly ambitious – but also ignorant, absurd and even dangerous.
The Bahrain conference was no more than a PR stunt (Ran Edelist, Maariv) The "economic workshop" may have left a feeling of "progress.” but it was nothing more than an exercise designed to cover up collapsing government policy on the Syrian, Palestinian and Iranian fronts.
Palestinians' 'opportunity of the century' (Clifford D. May, Israel Hayom) Virtually everyone involved in the peace process has taken for granted that the primary goals of Palestinian leaders are peace, prosperity and self-determination. What if that’s wrong?
A Saudi’s advice for Kushner: How your peace plan can still avoid catastrophic failure (Malik Dahlan, Haaretz+) If President Trump's advisor wants to keep his Mideast plan alive, he’s got to harness popular Arab and Islamic support. That means changing course, away from economics – and dealing with Jerusalem first.
Why the PA failed to block Bahrain (Yoni Ben Menachem, Israel Hayom) Abbas is trying to stall for time to concentrate on a political effort against the US peace plan in November. The PA president is counting on time to work in his favor.
Europe, Don't Join in Trump's Grotesque Victory Dance With Israel's Settlers (Saeb Erekat, Haaretz+) Too many European states find countless excuses not to voice public support for clear EU positions on Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. The latest test of their moral and legal backbone - or lack of it - is coming up at the United Nations.
Outgoing state comptroller Yosef Shapira gave interviews to three of the four main Hebrew newspapers. The fact that 'Israel Hayom' was not among them may be related to the anger of the Prime Minister towards him, which he describes in the interviews.  One of the central battles the 74-year-old retired judge faced was against the attempt to prevent him from releasing his findings as events unfolded. It was now-Transportation Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the far-right religious party Tkuma, who initiated the bill that intended to curb the comptroller's authority to review the government.

Former State Comptroller "Since the publication of the report about the [corruption at the] Prime Minister’s Residence, Netanyahu has stopped talking to me"
Yosef Shapira claims that he would not take a loan to finance his legal defense, even from a close friend. On the Prime Minister’s Residence case he says: "The lesson - don't employ Jews on Yom Kippur.” (Maariv)

Outgoing state comptroller: PM sought to curb criticism of Gaza war
Speaking before leaving office, Yosef Shapira says there was never any personal animosity towards Netanyahu or his wife, whose prosecution for misuse of funds was triggered by one of his reports; but, he says, 'There are cases where you don't have to be the sweet and loyal puppy dog, that wags its tail happily.’ (Yedioth/Ynet)
Former state Comptroller: Netanyahu's Request to Let Tycoon Friends Fund Legal Defense 'Improper'
Joseph Shapira says that the premier has been ignoring him since he published his report on misuse of public funds at the PM's residence. (Haaretz+)

(Nationalist-religious journalist) Shimon Riklin: "The media, leftist journalists and organizations are behind the demonstrations" - Since the demonstrations began, a number of right-wing activists claimed that the New Israel Fund was behind the demonstrations and responsible for inciting the youth of the Ethiopian-Israeli community, a claim for which there is no evidence or proof.The presenter of Channel 20 (religious nationalist media network) claimed that external factors inflamed the Ethiopian community. (More in Interviews below.) (Maariv)
Riklin attacked the government: "As if it agrees with the claim that the police are deliberately trying to kill.” According to Riklin, "What happened yesterday is not a protest like they are covering it in the media, but an unrestrained riot and a riot in which it was a miracle that people were not killed. So now we have to see who is involved in this disturbance. First of all the young generation of Ethiopian immigrants who are angry, and in many ways rightly, due to the discrimination against them. We need to probe what happened in the incident where a policeman shot a youth like previous incidents that took place. And they are the first participants. After which there is the media, which encouraged and incited the winds. After which there is the left-wing media. And after that, there are left-wing organizations like 'Stand Together' (and) activists of Breaking the Silence, who yesterday stood in these riots and participated.” (Maariv)
Interviewer Kaufman: “… Now you want to tell me that all of these right-wing voters [Ethiopian-Israelis], or the majority of them, are sponsored by [George] Soros and they are against the government and want to bring down Bibi.”
Riklin: “Not at all. It was real and holy and right - unequivocally. I'm just saying that the left-wing still determines the consciousness and the media here determines the consciousness.”
Kaufman: “…Who do you blame?”
Riklin: “I blame the media, the leftist organizations, the police and the government, who all cooperated with the anarchy [of the demonstrations - OH], which is unacceptable in a democratic state. If the ultra-Orthodox or settlers did that yesterday, they [police - OH] would have broken their hands."

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