Israel Brief August 28, 2011: Six Injured in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

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Six Injured in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-28-11

Six people were injured in a terror attack in southern Tel Aviv overnight Sunday.

The attack occurred after an Arab stole a taxi, ran over a man and lightly injured him, then stabbed several other people at the corner of Abarbanel and Salame Streets in the city.

Magen David Adom reported that one person was stabbed in the head and stomach and was very seriously injured, two people were moderately injured and two others were lightly injured. They were all taken to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Voice of Israel radio reported that the attack took place near a popular Tel Aviv night club, and that the terrorist called out “Allah Akhbar” as he stabbed people. It was also reported that he refused to heed the officers’ calls from him to stop, a fact which strengthened officers’ belief that the man is a terrorist.

The terrorist was lightly injured as police took over the cab and apprehended him and was taken to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

Police are investigating the incident, and a preliminary investigation has found that the terrorist came from the Shechem area. He initially made his way to Yafo, where he stole the cab and made his way towards southern Tel Aviv.

via israelnn.com

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Israel Brief August 28, 2011: Gilad Shalit Spends 25th Birthday & 6th Birthday in Captivity

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Shalit spends 25th birthday in captivity

Source: JTA, 8-28-11

Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit spent his 25th birthday in captivity.

Sunday was the sixth birthday that Shalit has marked in captivity since he was captured by Hamas terrorists in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

Shalit’s parents led a protest in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on Sunday, with banners reading “We won’t let Gilad celebrate alone.” Another banner called on Netanyahu to give Shalit “his life back” for his birthday.

In a letter to their son to mark his birthday, Noam and Aviva Shalit wrote:

“With the burning sun beating on our heads, on the sidewalk adjacent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home, we are trying to digest the fact that 1,890 days have passed and you still are not with us. …

“We’re here. We haven’t given up, we haven’t surrendered, and we have not been broken. And we are not alone. Our dearest Gilad, many many people who are strangers to you, who you have never met, think as we do, that it is inconceivable to speak of social solidarity, of national fortitude and of having faith in the State while abandoning you to your fate. Day after day, lonely and abandoned in Hamas dungeons for over half a decade.”

Israel Political Brief August 28, 2011: Social protesters march for sixth consecutive week in Israel over economic equality

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Social protest demonstrators march for sixth consecutive week

Source: JTA, 8-28-11

Some 20,000 demonstrators protested across Israel calling for social and economic equality.

The protests Saturday night marked the sixth consecutive weekend that Israelis have marched in social protests.

Some 10,000 gathered in Tel Aviv, joined by Noam Shalit, father of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who said that social justice means bringing all Israeli soldiers home.

Jews and Arabs marched together in the Wadi Ara area of northern Israel, demanding not only social justice, but also to not expand a planned development for haredim in the area.

On Aug. 26, the five-month doctors’ strike was resolved. “This agreement is an additional step in a series of socio-economic steps that this Government has taken in various fields in order to improve Israeli society and reduce gaps,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting.

“We are not neglecting – neither as a result of our security responsibility nor of our economic responsibility – anything regarding our responsibility to implement social reform in the State of Israel.  We are doing this.  The Trajtenberg Committee is working with all due urgency.  It will submit its recommendations to us next month.  This is a very serious committee and we are talking about serious and responsible steps.  These will not be small steps, but major ones and will be submitted to the Socio-Economic Cabinet in the coming weeks.  Ours is a genuine commitment to social reform and the reform we are talking about is both genuine and serious,” Netanyahu said.

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