In this newspaper and all the other newspapers, radio and television stations as well as web sites, Rishon Letzion was in the news recently.

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    The Superland amusement park in Rishon Lezion on Thursday rejected a claim by an Arab high school teacher that it was enforcing segregation between Arab and Jewish groups.

    “We emphasize that Superland is not, never was and never will be a place for racism,” it said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.  “Arab and Jewish schools requested that their attendance be separated from each other, and perhaps we made an unintentional error by accepting their requests.”  It said that the park had been in business for many years, hosting children from all sectors, including both Jews and Arabs.

    Khaled Shakra, a seventhgrade teacher at the L.B. Ajial High School in Jaffa, said he tried to buy 25 tickets for his students and at first was told that the dates from June 17- 19 were reserved for schools, but once the telephone operator realized it was for an Arab school, the operator transferred the call to another operator, who said Superland was sold out for the day he requested.

    The teacher then decided to call back posing as a Jew, saying his name was “Eyal,” and he ordered the tickets without any problem.

That news was highly and widely publicized.  It reached the Knesset and was repeated as an item abroad.

This news, from last week, which also involved Rishon LeTzion, well, was not so much reported:

    The Lod District Court has sentenced a Palestinian man to nine years and three months in prison for indecent assault and sodomy committed on an 18-year-old girl in Rishon Lezion.

    Muhammad Halis, 25, from the village of Yatta near Hebron, was convicted of attacking the girl one year ago, as she left her job at a Rishon Lezion mall.

Am I correct you did see this headlined?  Discussed?  Debated?

Is it a serious item of news?

I wonder why you never heard of it.


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