No butts about it, smoking’s out at more Israeli spots


Smoking was snuffed out at public events and outdoor sites, including the Western Wall, under an expanded anti-smoking measure passed by Israel’s Knesset.

The legislation passed Wednesday, which will take effect next month, also includes a ban on smoking at bus stops and outdoor concert venues. Smokers also will not be able to light up within 10 yards of a medical clinic and a hospital entrance.

Smoking at stadiums will be allowed to continue.

More indictments in soccer stadium plot


Two eastern Jerusalem residents employed by the British Consulate have been charged in connection with a plan to attack a Jerusalem soccer stadium.

Israel indicted the men, both Palestinians, on Sunday for arms trafficking for Hamas. A gag order was lifted on the case Sunday.

The charges have no connection with their jobs as maintenance workers at the consulate, which is located in the eastern Jerusalem community of Sheikh Jarrah, British media reported, citing Israeli officials.

Two other Israeli citizens, also Palestinians from eastern Jerusalem, were indicted Sunday in the same plan to attack Teddy Stadium. According to the indictment, the men were connected to Hamas and had visited a nearby hillside to determine whether it would be an appropriate place to launch a missile at the stadium when it was full of spectators for a Beitar Jerusalem soccer game. They also had acquired rifles in eastern Jerusalem to carry out other attacks.

A fifth man also was indicted in the plan.

The consulate employees were charged with helping the others obtain weapons.