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Yechiel Spira, a kashrut inspector, at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market. Photo by Emil Salman
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Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at the western Negev on Thursday morning, hours after a lull in fighting went into effect as part of an informal Egyptian-brokered truce.

A number of Israel's government offices have fallen victim to a cyber attack over the last week, apparently aimed at slipping a "Trojan horse" virus into the computer servers at these ministries. The virus has been sent as files attached to emails bearing the name of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in the subject line.

Activists say they were tasered, dragged and handcuffed, during The Israel Navy’s raid on a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists bound for Gaza, in protest of Israel’s blockade.

The telecommunications networks in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum were disconnected for about an hour before an explosion rocked an arms factory there a local journalist told Haaretz on Thursday.

The Israel Police on Thursday ordered every district and officer under its jurisdiction to disconnect their computers from the civilian internet network, after learning that its system could be vulnerable to a severe cyber attack.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday accused the United States and Israel of fomenting divisions among Muslims to undermine Islamic uprisings across the Middle East. "They are trying to turn the jihad against colonialism and Zionism into blind terrorism in the streets ... so that Muslims shed each other's blood,” said Khamenei.

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Doron Cohen, the director general of Israel's Finance Ministry, signed an agreement extending the United States’ $4 billion loan program with Israel until 2016.

A kashrut supervisor representing Israel’s Chief Rabbinate informed four Jerusalem restaurants, self-advertised as “kosher without a certificate,” that they are committing fraud and could face fines.