Wed. Aug 31, 2016 Israel News

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  • Summer vacation is over: Israeli schoolchildren set to return to the classroom; special interview with the Minister of Education
  • Chief of Police tries to explain his statement about the connection between police, Ethiopians and crime
  • Letter from Knesset Members to the Prime Minister calling on him to stop the tax law on the third apartment

Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, in an interview with Channel 2 News, calls Zionism and excellence the leading characteristics of the upcoming school year which is set to begin on Thursday. He says the curriculum stresses values and accomplishments and that he would like Israeli school children to learn tolerance. Bennett further says that student accomplishments have taken a downturn in the last decade and that the tide is about to change, highlighting fewer students per classroom. More than 2.2 million students are slated to attend Israel’s schools. Of those, over 158,000 will start first grade.

About 100 residents of South Tel Aviv protested on Wednesday afternoon against their local school’s intention to absorb children of refugees and foreign workers. Some burnt posters of Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai. The Tel Aviv Municipality issued a statement saying that as long as there are children who need to learn, they will have a place to do so.

Dozens of Israelis flocked to the home of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Wednesday to demand that he dismiss Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh for his controversial remarks against the Ethiopian community a day earlier. Alsheikh on Wednesday sought to clarify his statements which accused Ethiopian youths of being more violent but he called the resulting uproar an ambush, accusing those behind it of dedicating their lives to encouraging protests in the Ethiopian community. Despite
Alsheikh’s attempts, the Ethiopian community is not forgiving. The police commissioner will meet with members of the community on Thursday and he says that the events of the last days will only encourage him to form a closer positive connection with the Ethiopian community.  

Knesset Members of Netanyahu’s coalition on Wednesday called on the Prime Minister to stop the proposed tax law which would increase taxes for people who own a third apartment in Israel. If the prime minister kills the proposed law, it is believed that Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon, who proposed the law, will have a much harder job.

Israeli businessman Moshe Wertheim, who owns the controlling share of Coca Cola Israel, died on Wednesday at age 86 after a long illness. Wertheim also owns controlling shares in Mizrahi Tefahot Bank and several other high profile companies. In recent years, Wertheim had handed over the ranks of his businesses to his two children.

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