Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Gazans Attack Security Fence near Beit Hanoun

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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Gazans Attack Security Fence near Beit Hanoun

Source: Arutz Sheva, 2-14-13

Rioting Gaza residents attacked the Gaza security fence near the northern town of Beit Hanoun, Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces who was quoted by Agence France Presse….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

JEWISH POLITICAL BRIEF

JEWISH POLITICAL BRIEF: JEWISH NEWS

Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

Source: Jewish Chronicle, 2-14-13

Talks between Likud Beiteinu and the two main potential coalition partners – Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi – were bogged down this week over disagreement between the sides on the new government’s policies and ministerial appointments….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Lawyer: Prisoner X Australian Ben Zygier did not appear suicidal

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Lawyer: Zygier did not appear suicidal

Source: JTA, 2-14-13

Australian-Israeli prisoner Ben Zygier — Prisoner X — did not appear suicidal the day before his death, a prominent Israeli attorney said….READ MORE

Israel Brief February 14, 2013: Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index from 92 to 112

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Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index

 

Reporters Without Borders report attributes fall to IDF actions in the West Bank; cites military censorship as “structural problem.”

Man reads newspapers in Jerusalem.

Man reads newspapers in Jerusalem. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post
 
Israel fell twenty places in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index due to the “actions of the Israel Defense Forces” in the Palestinian Territories. The report comes as all eyes are focused on  the freedom of Israeli media after it was revealed that an Australian native, thus-far known as “Prisoner X,” killed himself in an Israeli jail.

The 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, released this week, ranked the Jewish state at 112nd on the global list. The fall, dropping Israel down from 92, was attributed to Israeli actions in Palestinian areas, which used to be given a separate ranking in the index under the label of “Israel extraterritorial.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: IDF censor backs MKs who exposed ‘Prisoner X’ affair

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IDF censor backs MKs who exposed ‘Prisoner X’ affair

Source: Ynetnews, 2-14-13

Chief military censor tells Army Radio lawmakers who questioned justice minister over death of Australia-born dual Israeli citizen in prison despite gag order merely ‘exercised their right….READ MORE

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