Sun. Nov 29, 2015 Israel News

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  • Two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem
  • Chief of anti-corruption unit accused of sexual harassment
  • Heated discussion in Knesset about gas deal

Two stabbing attacks occurred within 3 hours Sunday morning in Jerusalem. A 38 year old Palestinian from Nablus stabbed a border policeman in the neck at the Damascus gate. Afterwards, another border policeman shot and killed the attacker. The police found a second knife on the terrorist and stated that if not for the swift actions of the border guard who stopped the Palestinian, the attack could have been much worse.

Two hours later, in the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem, a terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded a woman at a bus stop. The woman, a foreign worker from Nepal, suffered moderate injuries after being stabbed in the back and was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The injured woman, Isuri Tapilya recalled, "I was standing at the bus stop listening to music with earphones. A young man approached me, stabbed me and then ran off." After the attack, the Palestinian fled to a nearby construction site. Within an hour, he was caught and led Police to the knife used in the attack during a reenactment of the incident. Avshi Peled, Deputy Commander of the Jerusalem District of Police stated that he believed the current situation of stabbings would continue for a number of weeks.

Yet another scandal among the upper echelons of the Police was revealed on Sunday. The head of the Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit, Maj. Gen. Roni Rittman was accused of two instances of sexual harassment.   Ironically, one of the tasks of the anti-corruption unit is investigating Knesset Member Yinon Magal for similar allegations. Rittman was interrogated last week on two allegations of verbal sexual harassment as well as attempting to kiss a subordinate against her will five years ago.  This allegedly happened in a parking lot.  Another female officer witnessed the incident and reported it. Ofer Strasnov, Rittman's lawyer claimed that it was not very plausible that his client would harass only one woman without any other cases before and after. At this time, the police do not intend to have Rittman go through a polygraph test or have him face his accuser.

In the case of Knesset Member Yinon Magal, a fourth woman has come forth in accusing him of sexual harassment.  She worked with him in the past, but not at the Walla news site as did the other women.  She claimed that he tried to kiss her in a very aggressive manner.

Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security, has appointed Zohar Dvir as the new Deputy Police Commissioner. Dvir will replace Deputy Commissioner Bentzi Sau, who had also served as acting commissioner since July.  Sau has decided to retire from the police. Erdan commented on his retirement, "Unfortunately, Bentzi decided to retire at the end of the year. I believe that he could have contributed greatly to the police, but I respect his decision. I want to thank him for his great dedication in safeguarding Israeli citizens though decades of work."

Following the protests of 10,000 Israelis against the upcoming gas deal, discussions continued in the Knesset in the Economy Affairs Committee before the approval of the deal.  Morris Dorfman, a member of the committee stated, "Development and regulation must be conducted by two separate bodies." Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz decided to rescind 4 licenses for drilling by the Delek and Nobel Energy companies. Aside from these four, the companies currently hold another 6 licenses for drilling.

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