The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, August 20
From the world population becoming less religious, to the arrest of a Palestinian cell by Israel's Shin Bet; Haaretz.com brings you the top headlines you might have missed.
Hundreds of peoples watched the attempt to lynch Palestinians on Friday morning in Jerusalem, police representative told the Magistrate's Court Sunday. Dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Zion Square in what one witness described on Facebook as "a lynch." Four minors between the ages of 13-15, including one girl, were arrested on Sunday in connection with the attack in which one victim was seriously injured and three others were slightly hurt.
Shin Bet security service and Israel Defense Forces recently uncovered a Palestinian terror cell suspected of plotting to attack Israeli troops guarding checkpoints, as well as allegedly planning to abduct soldiers or settlers. Four members of the cell, identified as activists in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, were arrested three months ago and indicted in an IDF court this week, a gag order lifted on Monday revealed.
Israel's opposition head Shaul Mofaz sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter on Monday demanding an urgent meeting on the Iranian issue. According to law, the prime minister must brief the opposition head on a monthly basis.
An Iron Dome anti-missile system battery was deployed Sunday outside Israel's southernmost city of Eilat, days after a rocket was fired at the city. On Friday, police located the remains of the Grad rocket, which was shot two days earlier.
In Syria, Intense fighting between rebels and Syrian regime forces killed six people on Monday, including two children and two women in the southern city of Dara'a, two rights groups said. The fighting comes on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, a major Muslim holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and a day after the United Nation's new envoy to Syria acknowledged that he had no concrete ideas to end the conflict.
The Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities, which represents all of Israel’s research universities, filed a petition Monday in the High Court of Justice against the recognition of the Ariel University Center as a full-fledged university. The petition claims that the decision to make the Ariel institution a university is flawed.
Gas prices in Israel are ranked third in a list of 60 countries which was published on Bloomberg last week. Israeli drivers pay $9.28 a gallon for premium gasoline, compared to $4.89 in China and $3.75 in the United States. The survey noted that the Israeli government regulates the price of gasoline, and that taxes typically make up about half the cost of a gallon of gas.
The world's population is becoming less religious, latest poll conducted by Gallup discovered. The survey shows a nine percent decline in believers compared with a similar survey conducted in 2005. Jews were found to be the least religious with only 38 percent of the worldwide Jewish population considers itself religious.