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December 2, 2016 / 2 Kislev, 5777

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Sulha Arranged Between Dizengoff Terrorist’s Family and Arab Victim’s Family

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

The family of the Dizengoff terrorist, Nashat Melhem from Wadi Ara, are forging a Sulha, an Arab peace reconciliation agreement, with the family of the Arab taxi driver, Amin Shaaban, whom the terrorist killed during his escape after his attack on Dizengoff Street, according to a report in YNet.

The ceremony will be held next Saturday, after months of negotiations. If a Sulha isn’t formed, it can lead to a clan war between the two families.

As part of the peace agreement, Melhem’s family will say the taxi driver was shot by accident. Traditionally, the victim’s family will also receive significant financial compensation.

Nashat Melhem, an Israeli-Arab, opened fire into a Tel Aviv pub on January 1, 2016, killing two Israelis and wounding eight. He used his father’s licensed gun in the attack.

During his escape, the terrorist got into an taxi, and then shot and killed the taxi driver, an Israeli-Arab from Lod.

Israeli police found Melhem a week later and killed him in a shootout.

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Unanimous Court Convicts Arab Taxi Driver of Murdering 19-Year-Old Shelly Dadon

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Nazareth District Court on Wednesday convicted taxi driver Hussein Khalifa of the murder of the late Shelly Dadon, 19, two years ago. “Regarding the question at the opening of our decision, namely who is the cowardly murderer who killed Shelly in the prime of her life, the answer is clear and unequivocal: the defendant before us is the killer,” the judges wrote in their unanimous verdict.

Shelly Dadon was an Israeli girl from the town of Afula who was murdered on May 1, 2014, on her way to a job interview. Her body was discovered by police the following day, in Ramat Gavriel, an industrial area in the town of Migdal Ha’Emek. Dadon’s body was dumped near the location where the body of Yafim Weinstein, a Jewish taxi driver from Upper Nazareth, was found, on November 30, 2009.

On June 16, 2014, police arrested 36-year-old taxi driver Hussein Khalifa, from the town of Ibillin, in Galilee, who confessed to having driven Dadon to the industrial park and to stabbing her to death. On July 9, 2014, Khalifa was indicted for the murder. According to the indictment, “Dadon struggled to escape and even scratched Khalifa, but was not physically strong enough to get away.”

Referring to the defendant’s later denial of the charges against him, the judges held that the “fabric of evidence suggests the accused is guilty of the charges beyond reasonable doubt.”

The judges’ ruling stated that “the defendant, instead driving Shelly to her job interview, took her to an abandoned parking lot, came out, pulled out a long knife and stabbed and slashed the late victim seventeen times.”

The judges referred to the defendant’s claims that Dadon “insulted him,” writing that “even if the deceased had said insulting things to the defendant, that in itself did not pack such a powerful explosion which deprived him suddenly and spontaneously of all self-control and led him to perform the act of killing without the ability to think and understand the consequences of his actions.”

The court sentenced Khlaifa to life in prison, adding a compensation payment he must make to the estate of the deceased in the amount of $67,000.

JNi.Media

Israeli Tax Authority Kills the Next Great Startup

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

An innovative Israeli start-up company came up with a great idea in 2010, which it dubbed GetTaxi. The idea is simple and convenient: the GetTaxi mobile app allows you to order a taxi, pay for the ride, rate the driver, and even leave a tip. For the drivers, it offer the convenience of automation, handling the billing, and notifying drivers of potential nearby clients.

This start-up has been so successful, it has reached a million users, making 20,000 orders a day to 6000 drivers, in 20 cities, not to mention, raising $42 million in funding.

But the Israeli tax authority may have just killed this enterprising young start-up.

Last week, the tax authority concluded its investigation of 89 businesses in various sectors. A team of 102 investigators managed to collect about $2.2 million from these businesses, which had under-reported their income.

One sector the team investigated were taxi drivers, traditionally a cash business. But the tax folks had a great idea. They subpoenaed GetTaxi’s internal files, obtaining the records of some three thousand Israeli taxi drivers who used the GetTaxi service. The team then targeted 50 of them, according to a report in Globes.

They compared the orders listed in GetTaxi, and the income the taxi drivers reported, and found that most of the drivers had not recorded all their journeys.

Most of the drivers ended up with a simple fine, some of the more serious cases are undergoing further investigation.

Tax Authority chief Moshe Asher told Globes, “The Tax Authority is keeping its finger on the trigger and uses all technological means to make certain that all citizens and companies pay the true amount of tax and do not put the tax burden on law-abiding citizens.”

In the process, the same tax authority possibly just destroyed a law-abiding start-up company, which had a promising future.

Its unlikely Israeli taxi drivers will continue to completely trust GetTaxi with their business, and that could affect not only GetTaxi’s revenue, but even a future exit or IPO, potentially killing the goose that could have laid the golden income tax egg GetTaxi would have brought in.

But Israelis are a resourceful people. We’ll have to see how each side responds to this challenge.

Not to worry though, in New York and other major cities, the company continues to do well, and the Israeli tax authority is not likely to have a chilling effect on its operation. The IRS is simply less fiercely dedicated than its Israeli counterpart.

True story: A few years ago, a falafel booth owner was approached by a man from a yeshiva, who inquired if Shlomi were willing to donate to the yeshiva the edges from the pita he cuts off when he makes each falafel sandwich? It would feed poor students, the man explained, and help cut back on the yeshiva’s costs.

Shlomi agreed. It’s a good deed, and he had nothing to do with all those pita edges other than dump them in the trash. How many garlic bread crisps could he possibly make anyway?

A few months later, Shlomi and other falafel and shawarma (meat gyro) vendors found themselves inside the offices of Mas Hachnasa, the Israeli income tax authority.

They were surprised to see, sitting opposite them, the man from the yeshiva to which they had all been donating their pita edges, supposedly.

They were even more surprised with the man pulled out all the pita edges the vendors had donated to him, and said the number of edges that he, a tax investigator collected, exceeded the number of individual portions they had reported.

Needless to say, falafel and shawarma stores in Israel today slit the pita open, rather than cut off the top. There’s no evidence left behind that way.

Shalom Bear

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