News in Brief

Boy dies after car flips on highway in south

A 9-year-old boy was killed yesterday when the car in which he was riding on Highway 40 near Be'er Sheva flipped over a number of times and struck a rock. The cause of the accident is unclear. The rescue services found the boy dead at the scene with serious head injuries. The police suspect he was ejected from the car through a window. In an accident in Upper Nazareth yesterday, a woman pedestrian was seriously injured when she was hit by a car. (Yanir Yagna)

Berkeley being probed for fomenting anti-Semitic campus climate

Federal officials are investigating anti-Semitism allegations at the University of California, Berkeley. The Los Angeles Times reported that two recent graduates claim university officials fomented a hostile campus climate for Jewish students by failing to curb anti-Israel protests which stoked . anti-Semitic hate speech. The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office confirmed this week that it is investigating the allegations. University spokesman Dan Mogulof says the protests were constitutionally protected speech and officials made efforts to maintain a safe and inclusive climate. (AP)

German court trying to punish Holocaust-denying bishop

A German court is making a fresh attempt to punish a British ultraconservative Catholic bishop for denying the Holocaust in a television interview. Richard Williamson, a member of the Society of St. Pius X, told a Swedish TV station in 2008 that he did not believe Jews were killed in gas chambers during World War II. The regional court in Regensburg has issued an order of punishment against Williamson after an earlier conviction was overturned on a legal technicality last year.If Williamson, 72, accepts the order of punishment he will be required to pay an unspecified fine. If he objects, the case will go to trial again, said a court spokesman yesterday. (AP)

Tel Aviv bike race expected to draw 20,000 riders and block traffic today

Today's third annual "Sovev Tel Aviv" ("Round Tel Aviv" ) bicycle race is expected to attract 20,000 riders. The event, which features three different routes, the shortest of which is 7 1/2 kms. and the longest 42 kms., is likely to cause severe traffic disruptions, with roads, including the Ayalon freeway, closed intermittently from 5:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. Parking bans on a number of Tel Aviv streets will also be imposed for the duration of the race and bus service will be affected. Organizers have asked that those not participating in the event, which requires advance registration, o refrain from coming to Rabin Square, the site of the starting and finish line. (Ilan Lior)

Haaretz journalists keep presses silent with one-day strike

The Hebrew and English print editions of Haaretz failed to appear yesterday for the first time in three decades after the newspaper's editorial staff, including business supplement TheMarker, voted to hold a one-day strike. In addition, Internet sites in both languages were not updated for several hours. The move followed a two-hour staff meeting in which leaders of the workers' committee accused management of not responding adequately to proposals including the committee's response to management's layoff plan due to declining revenues. Roughly two-thirds of staff voted in favor of the one-day strike. (Nati Tucker)

U.S. slaps sanctions on Lebanese charities with Hamas ties

The United States yesterday imposed financial penalties on two Lebanese charities that raise funds for Hamas, an effort by the Obama administration to disrupt the Islamist group's activities. The U.S. Treasury added the two Beirut-based charities, Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds International Foundation, to its list of entities hit with asset freezes. The Treasury Department said Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds "exist to support the families of Hamas fighters" as well as finance projects in the Palestinian territories "intended to spread Hamas' influence and control." (Reuters)