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Women go on sale at Tel Aviv shopping center – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News



Women go on sale at Tel Aviv shopping center – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.


Window display at Dizengoff Center shows real women with price tags in provocative installation aiming to battle sex trafficking.

By City Mouse Online and Matan Abramovitch


In this morning’s ha’ i found this article. Please take a look at the coverage of the exhibit installed by the Working Group Against the Trafficking of Women.

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August 13th – soldier may have been kidnapped by previously unheard of Palestinian group

We’re just now hearing the news on TV about an abduction of an Israeli soldier.

This is what’s to be found on Ha’

Report: Palestinian group says kidnapped IDF soldier
By Yuval Goren, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service
Tags: roadblocks, Israel news
A previously unknown Palestinian group calling itself the “Al-Quds Army” claimed that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier on Thursday, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

“A group of our resistance fighters captured an Israeli soldier near Ben Gurion airport and withdrew along with the soldiers peacefully – later we will give details about the

captured soldier,” the statement said.

The Israel Defense Forces said they were investigating reports of a kidnapped soldier.

“The matter is being investigated,” a military spokeswoman told Ma’an when asked about the reports.

Channel 10 news reported that the IDF was investigating a report filed by a woman soldier who said she had seen a soldier being abducted.

Meanwhile, police set up roadblocks across central Israel causing severe traffic congestion in several areas.

Police have set up roadblocks on many main arteries asking all drivers to slow down and submit to a security check.

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Hamas says ‘breakthrough’ made in ceasefire talks, Feb 15/09

Hamas says ‘breakthrough’ made in ceasefire talks


Senior Islamist group figure speaks of significant progress in Egyptian brokered truce negotiations between Hamas, Israel; say armistice may be only hours away

Ali Waked Published: 02.15.09, 19:00 / Israel News

 A senior Hamas figure told Ynet Sunday evening that the last several hours have seen a “significant breakthrough” in the Gaza ceasefire talks held in Egypt. Should everything proceed as it has been, added the source, the ceasefire may take effect within hours. Egypt has taken the role of mediator between Israel and the Islamist group with the objective of carving a long-lasting armistice from the fragile ceasefire declared at the end of Israel’s January offensive in Gaza. 

 Hamas’ statement was made shortly after Israel expressed once again an adamant stand as to the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, stating that his release was a prerequisite to any other mitigations. Israel placed a blockade on Gaza a year ago, shorlty after the government declared the Hamas-ruled enclave “a hostile entity.” Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the National Security Cabinet that Israel would discuss opening the Gaza good crossing and additional prisoner release only after Shalit’s release is secured. Hamas sources refused to elaborate on the details of the progress made in the negotiations, saying only that the truce may take effect at any time after midnight Sunday, adding that barring any unexpected developments, Hamas’ leadership will announce the official ceasefire in a Cairo press conference, to be held Monday. According to the details available, the immediate truce would be at least 18-months long and, according to a Hamas source, the group would not have agreed to any draft agreement unless it included opening the Gaza crossings. As for any progress made in Shalit’s case, the source would only add that “progress has been made in all avenues.” Sources in the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) also told Ynet that the group received a communiqué from Cairo, indicating an official ceasefire was imminent. Hamas’ statements, however, encountered somewhat opposing asseverations by Jerusalem: “This is a complex process which is taking place between Egypt and Hamas and Egypt and Israel. Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire. Hamas said it would hold its fire in the past and has failed to do so,” said a source in the capital, adding the past declaration made by Hamas as to an imminent ceasefire have proven false.

Hamas has hardened it position on the crossings over the past few days, demanding Israel would commit to opening all crossings and allow certain amount and types of good through. The group reportedly refused to include Shalit in the ceasefire agreement, but sources in the Strip said that no progress on the lull could have been achieved unless an actual breakthrough in the captive soldier’s case was made.

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Jan 17th…ceasefire or no ceasefire? till the decision

Noisy morning

We’ve been hearing some booms and constant planes (surveillance, mostly, I imagine) and I keep turning to the online newspapers to see what’s going on.

This morning we are hours before the Cabinet meeting to discuss the ceasefire agreement.

Check out Ynet:  (headline here)

Ahead of truce: Gaza op continues in full force


Less than 24 hours before cabinet meets to decide whether to accept ceasefire draft, IDF continues to strike in Strip. Dozens of Palestinians killed Friday, some of them civilians. Commanders, soldiers not ordered to slow down activity

Hanan Greenberg

Published:  01.17.09, 08:16 / Israel News


Check out Ha’aretz:  (marqee update first)

08:32 Color Red rocket alert sounds in Ofakim (Haaretz)

Last update – 06:41 17/01/2009
Cabinet to vote Saturday on unilateral Gaza truce
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and The Associated Press
Tags: Gaza, Israel News, Hamas, IDF





The cabinet will hold a vote on Saturday evening to decide whether to enact a unilateral cease-fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


The deal would also call for cooperation between Israel and Egypt on matters relating to the Gaza Strip in which they have shared interests, without the interference of Hamas.

The decision would mean Israel has put an end to the three-week-long Operation Cast Lead without an agreement with Hamas, relying instead on the support of the United States and Egypt in battling arms smuggling into Gaza.

A government source emphasized that there has been great progress with Egypt in reaching an agreement on fighting arms smuggling. The deal would require the combined use of technological measures on the border between Gaza and Egypt, operations against smugglers in the southern Gaza town of Rafah and the use of international experts to identify smuggling tunnels on the border.

On the ground on Kibbutz Nir-Oz

We’re listening to neighbours sweep away pecan leaves as other neighbours crunch among the leaves searching  for fallen nuts, the usual early Saturday morning sounds. Life goes on as usual.

pecans on tree