Posts Tagged ‘Ramat Gan’
A man who poured his drink on the head of Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi was handed a suspended sentence of four months in jail on Sunday.
Artemi Kazrov, 28, was also ordered to perform 180 hours of community service.
In his decision at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, Judge Tzachi Uziel wrote, “An attack on an elected official because of her views demands a punitive response.
“Political or ideological violence, and even more so, physical violence toward an elected official because of his views and the fulfillment of his [public] duties represents a challenge to the rule of democracy.”
Two weeks before Knesset elections last March, Kazrov and a group of other activists attended a lecture by Zoabi on women’s rights at the Tel Aviv College of Law and Business.
From the start, their group surrounded the stage and began heckling the lawmaker, who herself has harassed numerous others.
Zoabi supporters responded in kind; one unfolded a scarf depicting the flag of the Palestinian Authority and waved it.
At that point, Hazrov climbed on to a table, grabbed a full beverage bottle and poured it over the Knesset member’s head.
He was immediately arrested and taken into custody. The following day he was indicted on charges of assault and misconduct in a public forum. Kazrov pleaded guilty and was convicted on the charges.
But the suspended sentence he received may have been in response to the slap on the wrist received by the Knesset member herself.
Zoabi was indicted last Thursday on a charge of “disgracing a public servant”
as the result of a plea bargain struck last year with outgoing Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
In exchange for pleading guilty, the lawmaker will not be charged with the more serious crime of incitement to racism and making threats, both of which she could easily have been charged with numerous times.
But in particular, Weinstein announced last year he was determined this time to actually charge her with the crimes after she called a contingent of Israeli Arab security personnel “traitors” and urged a mob of demonstrators to spit in their faces.
The incident took place at a protest in front of the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court in July 2014.
Zoabi also implied threats to the officers who were providing security at the event, and continued to incite the crowd over Israeli Arabs who participate in Israeli society. She blithely ignored the fact that she herself does the same and is paid more than generously for the privilege.Hana Levi Julian
While some parts of the country are wrestling with terror, life in the business world is moving forward as usual. The Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan is set to become the venue for next year’s world-class conference of international glitter and bling.
The 2015 meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses Presidents is to be held in the Tel Aviv suburb, also home to the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE), it was announced Wednesday.
IDE President Shmuel Schnitzer made the statement at the conclusion of yesterday’s 36th World Diamond Congress. Plans to build a new diamond manufacturing complex near the Israel Diamond Exchange were also announced at the gathering.Hana Levi Julian
I grew up a few blocks from the Ramat Gan National Park, a man made urban park, which isn’t really national, with a nice, little man made lake. It’s only 0.7 square miles, but when I was growing up it was plenty.
On summer afternoons, my dad would come home early from work and we’d drive over, rent a boat (you had to leave your watch as deposit in the rental booth, to make sure you didn’t steal your boat, which occasionally made it difficult to come back on time).
They made the artificial lake in 1959, and dad and I were regulars there. They also built a restaurant in the middle of the lake (see top picture), which I don’t think ever actually operated. I could be wrong. Throughout my childhood it was just this cement shell you’d circle with your rowboat.
I suppose some ideas need to be thought through better. But the park continues to be a source of safe fun for the locals. It’s gotten more Haredi in recent years, but it’s still as happy as it used to be, I think. I don’t go there much these days, since we live in Netanya. I don’t know if they still rent boats. I should take my daughter one day and check it out.
The local ducks and the cats are very happy.
Mazel Tov is in order for a special new mother in Ramat Gan.
A rare Brazilian tapir, “Pessiflora”, has given birth to a son at the Ramat Gan Safari Park.
Father, Meir, has been moved to a separate enclosure until he overcomes his jealousy for the new arrival.
The unnamed baby was born after a 13-month pregnancy and is enjoying the attention of his mother and older sister, Papaya.
He was born with white stripes which will fade as he matures.Malkah Fleisher
The Ramat Gan Safari hippo lake has been home for many years to a large herd of animals and many birds. Over time, the water level in the lake dropped and its floor became very muddy and full of hippo droppings.
Those can really add up: some parts of the lake got as shallow as half a meter where it was once three meters deep.
Last year, Safari General Manager Yehuda Bar decided that it was time to deepen the lake. It took a bulldozer a few days to dig out and remove huge amounts of mud, which were transferred to the south side of the African Park. During this time, the hippos remained in a smaller area of the lake where there was enough water
Now that the lake floor has been deepened and filled with fresh water, the hippos could go back to wallow in it.Jewish Press Staff
The trio of lion brothers Danny, Michael and Jacob at the Ramat Gan safari. March 21, 2007.
The Zoological Center Tel Aviv – Ramat Gan or “Safari” occupies 250 acres of nature in the heart of a densely populated urban area in Israel: “Africa in the heart of Israel.”
The Safari has the largest animal collection in the Middle East and is unique in the world because of the large herds of mixed species of African animals that roam the spacious African Park. The African Park and the zoo are home to 1,600 animals of different species, amongst them 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl, and 25 species of reptiles.Jewish Press Staff