Israeli troops, Palestinians clash in Hebron


Participants in a Hamas-organized demonstration in Hebron hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that approximately 2,000 Palestinians participated in the demonstration, which turned into a march on a square that is located on the border of the West Bank city’s Jewish neighborhood. The Israeli news site NRG put the number of demonstrators at 8,000.

Disturbances also occurred in the West Bank villages of Bli’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh and Qadum after Friday prayers in mosques. The Israeli news site Ynet reported that Molotov cocktails were also hurled at Israeli soldiers and border guards, but no one was hurt.

Palestinian security personnel were seen participating in the Hamas-organized rally in Hebron, Army Radio reported. Israeli troops have dispersed several riots in Hebron since the shooting death on Wednesday of a Palestinian boy who had pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at an Israeli border guard.

On Thursday night, unidentified individuals shot an assault rifle in the direction of a Jewish woman while she was waiting at a bus stop near Neveh Tzuf, a settlement in the West Bank. She was not hurt, according to Army Radio.

The shooting happened shortly after another Israeli sustained minor injuries from stones that Palestinians threw at his car as he was approaching the settlement of Ma’aleh.

Israeli doctor euthanizes daughter, takes own life


A doctor in Israel euthanized his daughter and committed suicide.

Relatives of the 60-year-old physician found him dead on Thursday in his garage and his daughter, who had terminal cancer, in her bed at their house in Nir Yisrael, a moshav in Israel’s south, according to a report in NRG, the news site of the daily Ma’ariv.

NRG quoted a police source as saying the physician gave his daughter, who was 31, a lethal dose of an unspecified barbiturate and then hung himself in the garage.

He reportedly called his brother and told him he was going to put an end to his daughter’s life and his own and asked his brother’s forgiveness before hanging up.

The man’s chest showed stabbing wounds. Police believe he tried to stab himself to death but hung himself instead.

The mayor of Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Yair Farajun, told NRG the daughter’s mother was a teacher.

“This family is made up of good, hard-working moshavniks,” Farajun said. “It’s very difficult to comprehend this tragedy.”

Court to striking Maariv employees: Start the presses!


A Tel Aviv court ordered striking employees of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv back to work.

A district court judge on Wednesday called the first work stoppage in the newspaper's 64-year history a “wildcat” strike and told the employees to file a complaint against the new management instead of making “their own rules.”

The Hebrew-language paper was not printed Wednesday and its website NRG also was not updated.

The lead story on the NRG website on Wednesday reported on the employee strike. There was no mention of the U.S. presidential election.

The action comes following the newspaper's sale to Shlomo Ben Zvi, who the strikers say has violated the collective agreement he signed with them.

Ben Zvi said Tuesday that a percentage of the current employees would be absorbed into the new ownership's operation, but at a lower salary to be determined.

The workers said they would file a complaint in labor court.