The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, January 12
From the Israeli public paying their final respects to Ariel Sharon, to Israeli beverage company hiring Scarlett Johansson as their global ambassador, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coffin was placed at the Knesset Plaza to allow the Israeli public to pay its final respects. The funeral procession will begin Monday with an official ceremony at the Knesset at 9:30 A.M., after which 8 army generals will accompany the coffin to Sycamore Ranch, with a stop in Latrun for an IDF ceremony.
In an address to a delegation of East Jerusalem Arabs, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Jerusalem must be the capital of the Palestinian state. Abbas also hinted that Palestinians may pursue international recognition if Israel continues settlement construction.
Former Shin Bet security service director Carmi Gillon left Denmark in a hurry after a complaint was filed against him with the Danish police by a pro-Palestinian organization, presumably alleging his involvement with torture. The Danish prosecutor's office rejected the complaint outright due to lack of evidence.
A young Palestinian allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old man in Jerusalem near Damascus Gate in the Old City. The moderately wounded man was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center after the assailant fled the scene.
French campaigners demanded a local court decide whether "quenelles," the gesture invented by French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala that has been described as an "inverted Nazi salute," are illegal racist acts when directed at Jewish institutions or sites.
Israeli military officer Noam Rubinstein, 22, died of hypothermia after she injured her ankle and was left stranded in the cold during a hike in southern Chile.
Google's map service mistakenly listed a street in Berlin, Germany as Adolf Hitler-Platz, correcting the mistake only a few days later.
Israeli beverage company SodaStream has hired Scarlett Johansson, the sexiest woman alive, to be its first-ever "global brand ambassador."