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21 Shebet 5768, 27 January 2008
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Arab government workers forbidden to work on Shabbat
5. Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Germany, Australia, U.S. in 2007: UK Tops the
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2. Arab Attacks Against Jews
One Killed, Many Saved in Terror Attacks Outside Jerusalem
by Hillel Fendel and Ezra HaLevi
Weekend of Arab Attacks in Jerusalem Region
by Ezra HaLevi
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Arab government workers forbidden to work on Shabbat
Following seminar held by the Science, Culture, and Sport Ministry for Arab
directors last Saturday, Mazuz says all government offices must refrain from
holding events on Shabbat to avoid violation of Hours of Work and Rest Law. MK
Gabbay: Majadele must not forget that he is a minister in a Jewish state
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz determined that government offices must refrain
from working or holding events on Shabbat so as not to violate the Hours of Work
and Rest Law and prevent the absence of Jewish officials from various
Prior to a seminar that was held by the Science, Culture, and Sport Ministry at
the Wingate Institute in Netanya last Saturday for Arab directors of cultural
institutions in Israel, National Union?NRP Knesset Member Eliahu Gabbay sent a
harsh letter to Minister Raleb Majadele and Mazuz in which he demanded that the
event be cancelled.
"The Sabbath is the State of Israel's day of rest, and no government office has
ever violated it in such an official and blatant manner, Gabbay wrote, adding
that despite the fact that only Arab employees were invited to attend, Jewish
workers "who fear the director-general and minister" would also take part.
Yoav Rosen, the ministry's director-general, said in response that Jewish
employees were not forced to attend and that the decision to hold the seminar on
Saturday was reached following a review of the Hours of Work and Rest Law by the
ministry's legal counsels.
According to Rosen, Gabbay's demand was aimed at hurting the Arab-Israeli public
and its culture through a personal attack on Majadele, Israel's first Arab
Mazuz responded to Gabbay's demand by saying that while he decided that there
was no room for his intervention in the specific event at Wingate, he did make
it clear to Majadele that "government offices must refrain from working on
Gabbay told Ynet "I am glad that the attorney general put the minister (Majadele)
in his place and made it clear to him that government offices in the State of
Israel, even if they are headed by an Arab, must keep and respect the Sabbath.
"(Majadele) must not forget that he is a minister in a Jewish state," the MK
5. Anti-Semitic incidents rise in
Germany, Australia, U.S. in 2007: UK Tops the List?
by Anshel Pfeffer and Asaf Uni, Haaretz Correspondent
The annual global report on anti-Semitism being presented to the cabinet Sunday
morning points to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, Australia, the
United States and Ukraine together with an overall decrease in Western Europe.
The largest number of incidents were recorded in Britain, followed by France.
Under pressure from Diaspora Jewish community leaders, particularly the Board of
Deputies of British Jews, it was decided this year not to cite numbers of
incidents but only to report general trends. In previous years there were
discrepancies between the numbers in the Israeli report and data published by
The report, a joint government and Jewish Agency project, indicates a decline in
anti-Semitic incidents in 2007 after the steep jump registered for 2006 in the
wake of the Second Lebanon War. In countries where an increase did occur, such
as Germany and Australia, this was tied to the strengthening of the radical
right, along with aggression by local Muslim communities.
Rising anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S., including a 30-percent increase in
New York, is also associated with racist activity by right-wing extremist
In Ukraine, last year saw a move from spontaneous anti-Semitic acts to more
organized activity within parties with anti-Semitic platforms and the
distribution of anti-Semitic propaganda at universities and colleges. Contrary
to President Victor Yushchenko's declarations during his visit to Israel two
months ago, the government only recently began countering such activity.
Similar trends can be seen in other Eastern European countries. Anti-Semitism is
rife in Russia, alongside general racism and xenophobia, but the central
government has cracked down on the phenomenon over the past year.
The security director for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Michael Whine,
declined to comment on Britain's topping the list of anti-Semitic incidents in
the Israeli report, saying only, "we are still going over our data."
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