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May 31, 2016 / 23 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Tel Aviv’

Remember! The Price is High to Ride A Bike in Rabin Square

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The city of Tel Aviv has put its foot down, literally. No more bike riding in Rabin Square.

Lawmakers have launched a new initiative to issue tickets to bicyclists who cross the line and ride in the wrong place starting Sunday, May 1.

According to a new city law, bike riders will be ticketed and fined for riding in Rabin Square. Fines already are in place for riding on the sidewalks and all the other places they have been barred from until this point.

There are bike lanes on all the major roadways in Tel Aviv.

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands Attend Controversial Rally in Support of Soldier Who Killed Wounded Terrorist

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Tel Aviv (TPS) – A rally in support of Cpl. Elor Azarya, a medic on trial for manslaughter after being filmed shooting a wounded Palestinian Authority terrorist, drew approximately 2,000 people to Rabin square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, according to police estimates.

“Don’t neutralize terrorists, kill them,” protesters chanted in support of Azarya. Others held signs reading “A dead terrorist can’t return to murdering Jews,” and “Neutralized = Dead.”

According to Azarya’s indictment by the military prosecution, he acted against the rules of engagement and without military justification. The case has shaken Israeli society and become a hotly contested political issue. The majority of Israelis support the soldier.

A violent incident erupted at the rally when participants attacked a Channel 10 News reporter, Moav Vardi. The incident was quickly broken up by undercover policemen and ended without, stated a police spokesperson.

The event was conceived and organized by Sharon Gal, a former right-wing member of Knesset with the Yisrael Beiteinu party, who invited several Israeli pop stars to provide musical interludes between speeches given by members of the Azarya family.

“This is a far-right rally, meant to weaken the IDF values and ethical code,” said Opposition leader and head of the Zionist Union party Isaac Herzog who is currently under investigation for corruption. “No member of government will attend it.”

Commenting on the incident and the rally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “I suggest that everyone just lower the flames.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Tel Aviv Yafo Celebrates Water Sports This Week in ‘Sail 2016’

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The largest water sports festival in Israel began Monday (April 18) at the Tel Aviv Marina.

Sail Tel Aviv Yafo 2016” runs from April 18 – 28 was initiated by “Atarim” and the Israel Yacht Club in memory of Major Asaf Asulin. More than 600 children will compete in the national championship in the event, hosted by the Tel Aviv Marina.

Hundreds of yachts, surfers, kayaks, SUPs, swimmers and marine enthusiasts are taking part in the event.

The festival is hosting a variety of water sports activities and competitions that include beach volleyball, open water swimming and a variety of races involving small vessels.

Hana Levi Julian

Tel Aviv to Curb Bikes on Sidewalks After Pesach

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Tel Aviv police will be on the prowl starting May 1 to enforce the city’s no-riding-bikes-on-the-sidewalk law.

Law breakers face fines between NIS 100 to NIS 1,000. Other punitive measures will include taking the air out of one’s bicycle tires and confiscation of the bike’s batteries (for kids illegally riding electric bicycles.)

Violations include riding in the wrong direction, using a mobile phone while riding, going through a red light and disturbing pedestrians in the crosswalks.

Tel Aviv is lined with specially-marked bicycle paths.

Hana Levi Julian

Brussels ‘Man in the Hat’: We Wanted to Attack Passengers Flying to Tel-Aviv

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The ISIS terrorist who admitted to being “the man in the hat” seen in the CCTV image of a trio of Arab would-be suicide bombers pushing their suitcases into the Brussels airport on March 22, has told his interrogators that they planned to attack passengers waiting to board flights to the United States, Russia and Tel-Aviv, French BFM TV reported on Thursday.

According to BFM, the man, Mohamed Abrini, described the brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui as the point men in the March 22 attacks on the Brussels airport and metro station that killed 32.

Belgian police picked up Abrini, 31, a Belgian petty criminal, near the Brussels borough of Molenbeek, on suspicion of assisting in the Nov. 13 bombing and shooting attack that killed 130 in Paris, and of being the “man in the hat” seen with the Brussels airport suicide bombers on March 22. Abrini’s fingerprints were found in the apartment where the two airport suicide bombers were staying.

On Wednesday, ISIS published the obituaries of the Brussels suicide bombers, crediting them with preparing the explosives for the November Paris attacks as well, in its online magazine Dabiq. The obits said “Brussels, the heart of Europe, has been struck” and promised more attacks.

The Dabiq obit described one of the two terrorist brothers, Khalid El Bakraoui, 27, as a “natural leader” who experienced a “vivid, life-changing dream” while serving time in prison for a carjacking. “All preparations for the raids in Paris and Brussels started with him and his older brother,” the Dabiq obit said. “These two brothers gathered the weapons and the explosives. After the blessed raid in Paris, he saw another dream, which motivated him to carry out a martyrdom operation.”


Posters Call for Resignation of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Posters calling on the IDF Chief of Staff to resign were posted around the Kirya IDF military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

The posters reflect the anger of many Israelis over the arrest and imprisonment of a soldier who shot and killed a terrorist in Hebron after he was lying on the ground. The terrorist was wearing a bulky, zipped up jacket on an exceptionally warm day — a suspicious-appearing garment to the practiced eye. Many suicide bombers wear similar clothing.

Protesters demonstrating in front of Prison No. 4, where the soldier is incarcerated, contended Saturday night that it was essential to ensure the terrorist was dead, given the circumstances. Many among the demonstrators were IDF veterans and families of veterans and active soldiers.

The posters showed a picture of IDF Lt.-Gen. Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot dressed up as King Ahashuerus of Persia, the main character of the Purim historical tale.

“Eizenkot resign and take Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and Boogie (Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon) with you. Jewish blood must not be forfeited. Even Ahashuerus allowed the Jews to defend themselves.

“Shame on you!”

Police have opened an investigation into the incident and may charge those behind the posters with incitement against the IDF chief.

Hana Levi Julian

Confirmed: Beyonce to Grace the Stage in Tel Aviv

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

It’s official: World-renowned entertainer Beyonce is coming to Israel this summer.

It was confirmed Thursday the volcanic vocalist is set to appear in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in early August.

Hana Levi Julian

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