Nakba Day - Alon Ron - May 14, 2012
Protesters on Nakba Day in Tel Aviv University, May 14, 2012. Photo by Alon Ron
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Nakba Day events were marked by relative calm on Tuesday, with West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs commemorating what they consider to be the disaster of Israel's formation with modest parades and protests.

Iran hanged a man it said was an agent for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, whom it convicted of killing one of its nuclear scientists in 2010, Iranian state media reported on Tuesday.

An upcoming Jerusalem Day flag procession organized by religious Zionist groups will march through the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, Haaretz learned on Tuesday, despite the fact that last year’s march was marked by violence and racist incidents.

Despite the signing of an agreement between hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and the Israel Prison Service on Monday, officials from the State Prosecutor's Office claimed to have no knowledge of the details of the agreement during a hearing on extending the solitary confinement of two Palestinian security prisoners.

Francois Hollande was sworn in as France's first socialist president in 17 years, in a relatively modest ceremony Tuesday morning at the Elysee Palace in Paris, before rushing off to Germany for talks on European austerity and growth with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is calling on authorities to put a stop to what it describes as a growing trend: private citizens renovating natural springs at their own initiative, without bothering to attain the proper permits and with no oversight by the relevant authorities. According to the SPNI, the phenomenon is liable to damage protected nature sites.

The Finance Ministry has drafted new legislation requiring all future state budgets to span two years, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz recently told members of the Knesset Finance Committee.

From April of next year, Israelis traveling abroad will only be able to buy one carton of cigarettes at duty-free shops instead of the current two cartons, the Knesset Finance Committee decided on Monday. The committee also approved a gradual hike in taxes on pipe tobacco and other tobacco products.