The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 18
Iran and UN nuclear watchdog heading towards a framework agreement, Netanyahu offers skepticism, and more; Haaretz.com brings you the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.
Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog are making headway towards a framework deal on how to tackle concerns about its atomic activity, diplomats said on Friday. Iran says such an agreement in necessary before it would consider a UN inspectors visit at the Parchin military site, where explosives tests for the development of nuclear weapons are believed to take place.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he is skeptical that Iran will agree to halt its nuclear program, accusing Tehran of playing a "chess game" with the international community. "Nothing would be better than to just see this issue solved diplomatically, But I have to say I see no evidence whatsoever that Iran is serious about ending its nuclear program,” said Netanyahu.
Dramatically strengthening women's rights at the workplace, an Israel High Court of Justice ruling released on Thursday gives Israeli women more power to sue employers who paid them less than their male colleagues. The three justices, headed by former Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, ruled that employers, who pay female employees a significantly lower salary than their male counterparts, bear the burden of proof in case they are accused of discrimination.
Amid increasing tension over the last few weeks in the southern side of Tel Aviv, Haaretz reporter Shoham Smith spent a day in Shapira neighborhood and tried to comprehend the heavy price paid by veteran residents, foreign refugees and asylum seekers and migrant workers, all sharing the same space.
Police is using severe violence against demonstrators, according to complaints filed by Israeli NGO Adalah to the Justice Ministry. The extreme use of force includes the use of Taser electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.
An El Al airliner was forced to land in Ben-Gurion International Airport on Friday shortly after taking off, after discovering a technical fault in its flaps. The flight, which was headed for London, returned to Ben Gurion and landed safely. The flight's 350 passengers transferred to another plane.
Arab teachers and students who are taking part in an educational program in Kfar Sava's Meir Medical Center have been forbidden to speak to each other in Arabic, which is an official language in Israel. Haaretz learned that three Arab families whose children were hospitalized in the center filed a complaint with the hospital management.
A group of Inuit Christians in the Canadian territory Nunavut have completed a 34-year translation project this week, translating the Bible and New Testament to an Inuit language for the first time. The task demanded a creative linguistic ability in order to bridge the 2,000 year temporal gap, and also the vast geographical distance.