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  • Thousands Israeli-Arabs protest government's ban on Islamic Movement
  • Thousands protest the gas deal across the country
  • Putin imposes economic sanctions on Turkey

Over ten thousand Israeli Arab citizens gathered in protest in Umm al-Fahm on Saturday afternoon to show solidarity with the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, which was outlawed by the state of Israel earlier this month. The demonstration was attended by Arab Knesset members on The Joint List, headed by MK Ayman Odeh, former MK Mohammad Barakeh, and chairman of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Hamad Abu Daabs. The leaders said that the demonstration's aim was to declare that the government's decision to remove the Islamic Movement was unacceptable, and cannot be accepted by any Palestinian society in Israel.

Thousands of people demonstrated against the controversial gas deal in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. Similar events took place throughout Israel. Meanwhile Minister of Environmental Protection avi gabai who voted against the gas deal decided he would testify against the deal in a discussion despite PM Benjamin Netanyahu's disapproval.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border. Earlier Turkish President Erdogan addressed the crisis between his country and Russia He didn't apologize but he expressed sorrow and regret.


And finally Author Amir Gutfreund passed away on Friday at the age of 52 after battling cancer and is survived by five children. Three of the children are biologically his and the others are his second wife's. Four years ago, his first wife passed away from cancer as well. Gutfreund was thought to be one of the most successful writers in Israel. His first book, "Our Holocaust," was awarded the Buchman Memorial Prize in 2001. His second book was awarded the Sapir Prize for Literature in 2003. In 2013, he was awarded the Levi Eshkol Prize for Literature.His books have been translated into six languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Czech and Hungarian. Soon, he planned to publish a new novel.


In 2011, his first wife passed away after battling cancer. Two months ago, Gutfreund revealed in an interview that his first wife's death affected him greatly and that after he was diagnosed with cancer, he started to write five books simultaneously. "I might not be able to finish all of them," he stated in the interview.


"When I was 17 I started to write, until then it really appeared to me as a waste of time to sit at a table and write if it's not homework," Gutfreund stated. "I accidently turned into an author."

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