The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 1
From security weaknesses in Israel's new biometric database system, to the latest eyebrow-raising IDF promotion, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
An accidental leak of Justice Ministry documents has revealed security flaws in Israel's new biometric database and smart ID cards, weeks before the country rolls out its new system.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented a new proposal for resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday, in a meeting the two held before Kerry left the country, a senior Israeli official said.
A Knesset study has shown that birthrates are lower among Ethiopian immigrants who came to Israel between 2000 and 2010 - the period during which the use of the controversial contraceptive injection Depo-Provera became prevalent - than both Ethiopians who immigrated during the 1990s and Israeli-born women. The study was commissioned in light of a 2012 news report claiming Ethiopians in transit camps were given the contraceptive against their will.
A man was found guilty on Monday of brutally stabbing and killing his parents at their Jerusalem home, and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Police said Maoz was entangled in gambling debts and murdered his parents to get their inheritance. The judges compared the events to "a horror film" as they noted that Maoz demonstrated no remorse for his actions. Maoz, for his part, maintained his innocence, and accused his twin brother of committing the crime.
A Jewish right-wing activist aged 22 was arrested on Monday in connection with a suspected 'price tag' attack at a Christian monastery near Jerusalem. The arson and graffiti found at the Latrun site last September were believed to have been revenge for the evacuation of Migron, a settlement outpost in the West Bank.
In its latest eyebrow raising promotion, the Israel Defense Forces has issued a poster comparing information-security violations to breaching the laws of kashrut. The poster calls on military personnel to abide by information-security regulations with a picture of a tall glass of milk alongside a hamburger, with the caption “Some things just don’t go together.”
The last stage of the government’s alcohol tax reform went into effect at midnight Sunday, increasing the prices of non-premium brands of hard liquor, including the popular drinks Arak and vodka. But not all tipplers will suffer: For higher-priced spirits, like whiskey and cognac, prices fell. Wine and beer prices were not affected this time around, nor were prices at duty-free shops.
Egypt was locked in a tense standoff on Monday after millions of protesters swarmed into the streets to demand the resignation of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and militants set the ruling Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters on fire.
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