Gay Pride - Hadar Cohen - 8.6.2012
A float in Tel Aviv's annual Gay Pride Parade, June 8, 2012. Photo by Hadar Cohen
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Thousands of people took part on Friday in Tel Aviv's 14th Gay Pride Parade, ending the week-long carnival in Israel largest city. Speaking at the event, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that human rights are gay rights and guy rights are human rights.

After the Knesset rejected on Wednesday the bill legalizing the houses in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood, Haaretz learned that Representatives of the Attorney General and the Prime Minister's office are holding negotiations with a group of right-winged activists, in an effort to reach an agreement over the apartment buildings. According to the outlines of the agreement, the buildings will not be demolished and in exchange, the residents will agree to leave peacefully.

Hate graffiti was found overnight at the Jewish-Arab village Neve Shalom. On Friday morning, residents discovered that the tires of roughly 14 cars had their tires punctured, and three were vandalized with graffiti such as “death to Arabs,” “revenge,” “Kahana was right,” “regards from Havat Gilad,” and “Ulpana neighborhood.”

Only several weeks before the 2012 Olympic games are set to take place in London, the activity of an Israeli subsidiary of the global security firm G4S – the main body charged with securing the events – is coming under increasing scrutiny.

The number of Modern Orthodox rabbis who can perform weddings will be increased after an agreement was signed between the Tzohar organization of moderate religious Zionist rabbis and the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger. Prior to the agreement, the Chief Rabbinate limited the authority of rabbis to perform weddings.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum on Wednesday officially opened its $150 million Global Conservation Plan, funded by some 20 countries.

A special anti-graft court set up in the West Bank city of Ramallah has convicted a former aide to Yasser Arafat, in absentia, of embezzling millions of dollars during Arafat's rule. Mohammed Rashid and two other businessmen were sentenced to 15 years behind bars and ordered to return 33.5 million Euros in stolen funds, in the biggest case against corruption that has festered during the Palestinian Authority's 20-year history.

The board of trustees of the University Center of Samaria in the West Bank settlement of Ariel approved the appointment of a future president of the institution last week, on the expectation that it will get full status as an Israeli university this fall and become the first Israeli university in the West Bank. The school's current temporary status as a "university institution," conferred by the Israel Defense Forces, is set to expire July 15.