The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed Overnight / April 17

Haaretz rounds up the top eight headlines you may have missed this morning.

In a show of solidarity with Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have begun an open-ended hunger strike marking Prisoner’s Day, with over 2,000 more pledging not to eat for twenty four hours.

Israel Police have begun investigating the events surrounding a reported group sex act on a Tel Aviv beach, described by some witnesses as a gang rape that took place nearly two weeks ago.

Mega Bool, recently reported as Israel’s cheapest supermarket, has raised prices following the Passover holiday by 34%, while other Israeli supermarket chains have either kept prices the same, or lowered them.

A special police unit has been formed to enforce Israeli land laws in the Negev, and oversee the demolition of Bedouin homes on Israeli land.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Likud ministers that the cabinet will be asked to approve the status of West Bank outposts Bruchin, Sansana and Rachalim.

Despite a cease-fire agreement, clashes are continuing in Syria, while UN observers are preparing for their mission as the international community steps up efforts to stabilize the country. 

Four Israeli 9th graders, who formed a band six months ago, won the opportunity to participate in a national rock festival, alongside Israeli rock stars. 

American author Dave Eggers, awarded a literary prize by the Gunter Grass Foundation,  has announced that he will not accept the award in person as he believes controversy over Grass’ recent poem will distract from the ceremony.

Bedouin houses in the Negev.
Eliyahu Hershkowitz