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Sun. Sep 11, 2016 News from Israel

  • 9/11 Ceremony in Israel
  • Supreme Court upholds force feeding law
  • Moran Samuel wins bronze at Paralympics

In addition to ceremonies held in the US to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11, the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro spoke at a ceremony in Jerusalem.   

The remand of Netanya mayor Miriam Feirberg was extended by 3 days on Sunday. Feirberg was accused of accepting bribes. The police had originally asked for 8 days contending that a house arrest could interfere with the investigation.  The court in Rishon Lezion extended the remand of her son, attorney Tsafrir Feirberg, who had also been charged with accepting bribes.

Israel Railways announced on Sunday that Tel Aviv train stations would be closed for  8 days from Sept 19. The stations will be closed because of work on the infrastructure and will affect an estimated 250,000 travelers during that period.

The Israeli Supreme Court reached a verdict that the law regarding force feeding those on a hunger strike is legal and should be upheld. Claims against this were rejected by 3 of the judges on the panel. They stated that a delicate balance between sustaining life and personal freedom must be maintained.

A 20 year old Hamas activist has been detained by Israeli security forces. He has been charged with threatening national security including monitoring IDF activity in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He also participated in Hamas military exercises. He has been charged with 3 counts: membership in a terrorist organization, performing activities in an illegal organization and misuse of weapons.

Before a possible ceasefire brokered by Russia in Syria, the Syrian air force continued to strike neighborhoods in Aleppo,   killing 90 among them 30 children . Local residents were wary of the agreement. "We will have to see what their intentions are," said one. Meanwhile, President Basher Assad continued to appear in public and in the media to reassure his supporters.

Paralympic rower Moran Samuel won Israel's first medal at the 2016 Games in Rio on Sunday. Samuel took third place in the women’s 1000-meter single sculls, winning the bronze for Israel's team. In 2006, Samuel suffered a spinal stroke and was paralyzed in her lower body. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Samuel to congratulate her on her win. "We are so proud of you and all of your teammates," he said.

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