Ashdod Port cuts ties with Alon Hassan’s firms

Ashdod Port will no longer use any of the myriad firms owned by Alon Hassan, who headed the port’s workers’ committee until taking a leave of absence Sunday. The decision, taken yesterday by the port’s audit committee, means the port will stop buying cleaning products from A.Y. Hops Industries and bar Ben-Iden Trucking from the port as long as a conflict of interest applies. “Contrary to reports, the audit committee never authorized any other dealings with Alon Hassan,” the committee said. Officials say Hassan reported his private businesses but that the board and management permitted them to win tenders. (Daniel Schmil‏)

Ministry to start rating hotels by Sept. 2014

The Tourism Ministry will have a rating system for Israel’s hotels in place by September 2014, Director General Amir Halevi told the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee yesterday. His deadline follows the failure of a tender to find a company to perform the ratings. He told the committee, chaired by MK Avishay Braverman ‏(Labor‏), that a new tender would be issued based on new criteria put together this month. Regulations state that the company determining the ratings must be experienced using the European Hotelstars system. None of the four contenders for the previous tender met the minimum requirement of having had rated at least 100 hotels using the system. ‏(Rina Rozenberg‏)

NIS 30m aid slated for hiring Arabs, Haredim

The Economy Ministry will allocate NIS 30 million to support businesses hiring Arabs, Haredim, single mothers and the disabled, groups now suffering from low participation rates in the workforce. The program is based on a government decision last July that the ministry’s Investment Center set conditions for helping employers integrate target populations. But the program’s launch was delayed by the general election and the lack of a budget. ‏(Ora Coren‏)