News in Brief

Bomb found at Tel Aviv supermarket

A bomb was discovered at a supermarket in the heart of Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon.Police suspect the bomb was placed at the back of the Ibn Gvirol branch of Tiv Ta'am, near Rabin Square, by Israeli underworld figures. It was defused before it could cause any injuries. Store employees called police around 5 P.M. to report a suspicious object. The workers had been asked to be on alert because the supermarket has recently been the target of several arson attempts. The attempted bombing appears primed to cause police to ramp up their investigation of events at the store. Police are is examining several motives including disgruntled neighbors, religious zealots angry at the sale of non-kosher meat or commercial competitors. (Yaniv Kubovich)

German, Italian leaders remember victims of Nazis

German President Joachim Gauck and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano yesterday paid a joint visit to the site of a World War II massacre of up to 500 Tuscan villagers by the Nazi Waffen-SS. The SS troops committed the atrocity in August 1944 in the village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema. "The victims have a right to be remembered and commemorated," said Gauck. In the massacre, the Nazis rounded up men, women and children and machine-gunned them before setting the corpses on fire. After the war, the massacre was long ignored. (DPA)

Local authorities want their say in Bar petition

The Union of Local Authorities in Israel Sunday asked the Supreme Court to be allowed to support Ramat Gan Mayor Zvi Bar in a petition against him. The petition, submitted in 2011 by an opposition councillor, asked to force Bar out of office because he is accused of accepting bribes. The court is being asked to determine whether, like ministers, mayors must step down when indicted for serious crimes. Under the Municipalities Ordinance, a mayor must step down only if he's been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. The local authorities say that the case will have implications for several of their members and argue that the court should not get involved in the issue. (Revital Hovel)

It's official: Streisand to appear here in June

American singer Barbra Streisand will be performing in Israel for the first time on June 20 at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa. The singer, who will be 71 next month, will be accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra. Producer Shuki Weiss said that 16,000 tickets will be sold starting Thursday, with prices starting at NIS 420. Streisand, who has won 10 Grammy awards, two Oscars, 12 Tony awards and five Emmys, will be arriving after a short tour in Europe. (Avner Shapira)