Five people were killed in the old city of Acre when a propane tank exploded at the entrance to a residential building. Police suspect the incident may have been an attempt to set fire to a cellphone antenna blamed for neighborhood cancer rates.
Two men shot a Jaffa resident in his car, in what is believed to be an incident of score settling among criminals. This brings the number of organized crime assassinations and attempted murders to 20 during the last four months.
The Israeli government approved new criteria for which communities are eligible for government assistance, adding 35 isolated West Bank settlements to the new "national priorities map." The plan contravenes understandings with the U.S. prohibiting the granting of economic incentives to encourage people to move to the settlements.
Meretz chairwoman, MK Zahava Gal-on said, "I oppose boycotting Israel, but won't buy from settlements," stating that she sees a direct link between ending the occupation, social justice and economic prosperity for all Israelis.
The Israeli economy grew in annualized terms by just 2.8 percent, reaching a four-year low, in the second half of 2013. Economists are split on whether data to a continued slump..
The Culture and Sports Ministry demanded the removal of a controversial piece by artist Ashraf Fuahri depicting a swastika made of four stylized pictures of David Ben-Gurion from his upcoming exhibition “I am a Haaretz subscriber” at a Jewish-Arab cooperative gallery in the Galilee.
The Water Affairs Court ordered the state provide water to the sheep in an unrecognized Bedouin village, ruling that the lack of access threatens both the herd owner's livelihood and the animals themselves.
An Israeli sound man nabbed a BAFTA award for "Gravity," working as part of the team that created the space thriller's cutting-edge sound.
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