Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, January 12, 2012
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(Haaretz) A team of Israeli therapists has discovered that a little stuffed puppy named Hibuki can do wonders when it comes to comforting and engaging children who have experienced disasters, such as last year's devastating tsunami in Japan.
Welfare and Social Issues
(Jpost) Child welfare NGO says better information-sharing could help solve cases – and prevent new ones.
(Israel National News) A social services panel has reached an agreement on improving the meager monthly benefits for some 200,000 Israelis who have disabilities.
(Haaretz) The spike in donations, 64% more than in 2010, is attributed to financial compensation program.
(Haaretz) Ethiopians claim Kiryat Malachi housing committees refuse to sell them apartments; hundreds of protesters include various groups who feel weak in Israeli society.
(Haaretz) During visit to Jerusalem school, President Shimon Peres says racists in Israel should be ashamed of themselves.
Aliyah and Immigration
(Haaretz) Provision would grant Jewish non-citizens many of the benefits of living in Israel without any of the burdens that taxpaying citizens carry, critics of the proposal argue.
Religious Pluralism in Israel
(Ynet) Ynet-Gesher survey shows more than half of population believes segregated bus lines may operate in haredi areas, while 47% of Israeli Jews view it as forbidden discrimination against women
(Ynet) Growing number of religious female soldiers believe it may be able to build bridges of understanding, religious tolerance within Israeli army
(Jpost) Coexistence group seeks to stimulate dialogue following strife between Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox.
(Ynet) (Video) After their city becomes symbol of exclusion of women, secular and religious female residents decide to convey their own message in flash mob to the sounds of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'
(Jpost) Rabbi Ya’akov Ariel says he's uncomfortable with Knesset involvement in dealings of the Chief Rabbinate.
(Ynet) Delegation of Israeli doctors sets up eye surgery camps in seven developing countries
(Jpost) As a country, we are defined by our collective successes, of which there are many.
(Haaretz) Vote passes only after Shas party convinced that the wide-ranging budget cuts, which were made to allow for the free education, would not affect local authorities or projects to rehabilitate neighborhoods.
(Jpost) MK Gal-On, ACRI slam High Court decision to uphold law that excludes Palestinians married to Israelis from naturalizing; Sa'ar: The Left blames political influence when court decisions aren't to its liking.
(Israel Hayom) 263,000 arrived in Israel last month alone. Government to launch aggressive marketing effort to meet goal of 4 million tourists in 2012. "We want to make vacations in Israel affordable to everyone," says Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov.
(Israel Hayom) If approved, law would impose six-month prison sentence, NIS 100,000 ($26,000) fine on violators who make use of concentration camp uniforms, yellow stars or word "Nazi" and more.
Arts and Culture
(Ynet) Israeli metropolis receives 36% of votes in American Airlines competition selecting most popular destinations among LGTB tourists; final results expected Tuesday
(Ynet) Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce campaigns for greywater recycling bill, says it could resolve Israel's water shortage
Op-Eds and Opinion Pieces from the Israel Press
Ma'ariv believes that, "Conceding Jerusalem would be the end of Zionism. Even the Palestinians understand that. The Palestinians will not concede moving the border in Jerusalem from the 1949 lines even a few hundred meters, not even for tremendous compensation. Their leaders understand that nations are built, first of all, on ethos, vision and symbols."
Yediot Ahronot comments on the law on free education from age three, which the Cabinet approved yesterday. The author claims that, "Expanding the free education law and economic justice have nothing in common," and believes that, "The proper response to the plight of the middle class in the area of raising children would be to channel sources of funding to providing free pre-school education only to those children whose parents work full-time." The paper gives the following examples: Build excellent daycare centers close to places of work. Encourage both parents to develop careers and fully participate in productive activity. Use the tax code to provide incentives for both parents to work.