Social Worker's Protest [file] 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Social workers across the country staged a one-day strike on Monday
following a violent attack on a social worker in the village of Sakhnin over the
On Saturday, three brothers of a young woman who was placed in
an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims went to the social worker’s
home brandishing clubs and iron bars and demanded to see the social worker. The
three men beat the social worker’s family, breaking her husband’s arm and
injuring two others. The Israel Association of Social Workers warned that had
the abused woman been at the scene, the incident could have ended in
The association was calling for an end to violence against social
workers and was hoping to push new legislation on the issue through the Knesset
Labor and Welfare Committee with the help of MKs Haim Katz and Rachel Adatto.
They were also demanding protection for social workers, including adding guards
at their offices, giving them greater powers and the ability to ban violent
Ticketing operation targets cars on beaches
and Parks Authority inspectors issued 130 tickets in the north of the country
for illegally driving on beaches and shorelines during the course of last
weekend. Throughout the year, but especially in the summer, the INPA steps up
enforcement of the law against driving on beaches. Special enforcement
activities were focused on beaches in Acre and Nahariya over the
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, two drivers were ticketed for
illegally driving on beaches. Twenty-eight tickets were issued in Haifa and two
all-terrain vehicles were impounded. In the Sharon Region, 66 tickets were
issued for violating the beach ordinance and another 26 tickets were issued in
the south of the country. The tickets carry fines ranging from NIS 500 to NIS
1,000. INPA inspectors were assisted by Israel Police officers and the INPA used
an airplane in the operation.
Nature and Parks Authority Inspection and
Enforcement Division director Eldad Peled said of the operations: “Along the
coastline, there are only a few remaining beaches and nature reserves, where we
would like to preserve nature, which has been eclipsed by the expansion of urban
Israelis make great use of these areas for leisure
activities and driving on the coastline endangers them and is of course
illegal.” He added, “In addition, many of the animals and plant life in the area
only exist because of preservation activities.”
Humous accident leaves
man in serious condition
A man in his 40s was left in serious condition over the
weekend after being injured in a humous accident.
The man, an employee at
a restaurant in Umm el-Fahm, was injured when he became stuck in a machine used
to prepare the dish.
Magen David Adom paramedics took the man to a local
hospital and police opened an investigation into the incident.
Authority bans fires in Carmel National Park
The INPA last week prohibited the
lighting of fires in Carmel National Park ahead of Lag Ba’omer celebrations and
due to expected weather conditions and the fear of forest fire.
authority asked the public to remember that lighting fires is also prohibited in
nature reserves, requested it to avoid lighting fires on the beaches and hoped
that it would make do with modest bonfires that are less damaging
TA municipal building to get a face-lift
Aviv-Jaffa Municipality building will have a new look by the end of the year
following a decision to upgrade the building’s facade in a NIS 5 million
project. The makeover will see a special tinting technology applied to the
building’s windows and energysaving LED illumination that will be turned on at
night. The work will be carried out by the Alokel Group.
In addition to
the work on the building’s windows, which are today tinted in various
inconsistent colors, the exterior of the building will be refaced with a special
construction element called glassfiber reinforced cement. The material was
chosen for its environmental friendliness, ease of care and
Yoel Dvoriansky, a partner in the Livay Dvoriansky Architects
firm that designed the project, described the ecological benefits of the
upgrade. “The new tinting system for controlling the penetration of sunlight
into the building will allow energy-consumption savings and will make the
building greener,” he said. “In addition, a computer-controlled LED lighting
system will be installed within each [window] section, allowing each one to be
colored in a different shade in order to dress the building in a gala mosaic of
light, either fixed or in varied sequences for special events.”
briefly closes after accident on ride
The Luna Park amusement park in Tel Aviv
briefly closed its doors to visitors Friday morning while engineers conducted safety investigations. A five-year-old girl was lightly
injured a day earlier when a rubber tire was dislodged from one of the rides and
struck her. The park reopened several hours later after receiving safety
clearance from inspectors.
Rothschild Blvd in TA to become weekend
Rothschild Boulevard, one of the most central thoroughfares in Tel
Aviv, will turn into a pedestrian and bicycle promenade during the weekends this
summer. From June 1 until October 1, the boulevard will be closed to vehicular
traffic between Hahashmonaim Street and Herzl Street between 6 p.m. Friday and 6
Vehicles parked on the boulevard will be permitted to
leave but the entry of vehicles will be prohibited.
Boy nearly drowns at
Tel Aviv hotel
A six-year-old boy was in serious condition after nearly drowning
in the pool of the David Intercontinental Hotel on the southern end of Tel
Aviv’s promenade. The pool’s lifeguard pulled the boy from the bottom of the
pool and Magen David Adom paramedics took him to Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital
in Tel Aviv.
Police opened an investigation into the incident.
Aviv to provide free bicycle pumping stations
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality
this week expanded its range of programs encouraging green transportation,
especially its range of projects to increase bicycle ridership in the city. The
new pilot program will see air pumps placed on bicycle paths throughout the
The first air pumping station was installed on Ben-Gurion
Boulevard. Although the city has greatly invested in its Tel-o-fun bicycle
rental program, the pumps are free for the general public.
municipality has thus far built some 110 kilometers of bicycle paths throughout
The city said of the program, “We are convinced that the
experiment will be successful, after which the municipality will place more
pumps along bicycle paths throughout the city.” To use the pumps, users should
press on the button, activating 30 seconds of free air, which should be enough
to fill a bicycle tire.
Bat Yam beaches get an upgrade
The Bat Yam
Municipality and the Tourism Ministry has begun a renewal and upgrade of the
beaches in the city. The project will include improving the services provided at
beaches, installing and upgrading landscaping and developing other
infrastructure in order to accommodate the large number of visitors, the Local
The first phase, which will see a new promenade on the
southern end of the Bat Yam coastline, was expected to be completed this week.
It will include adding bicycle paths, installing additional lighting,
beautification and adding greenery. A second section, stretching further south,
will be completed at a later date.
The goal of the project is to
ultimately connect Bat Yam’s beaches to Rishon Lezion.
Funded by the Bat
Yam Municipality, the Tourism Ministry and the Government Tourism Corporation,
the project is expected to cost NIS 3.6 million. It is scheduled to be completed
within two months.
Police arrest suspect in military cemetery
Police in Eilat arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of moving and
damaging candle housings on graves in a local military cemetery prior to
Independence Day. Metro reported several weeks ago about the damage caused to
the candle-housing units at the cemetery.
Following the vandalism, the
region’s police commander ordered officers to take all necessary steps to locate
the responsible party, the Local website reported. Officers gathered forensic
evidence and conducted a quick investigation, which led to the arrest of the
man. Police brought the suspect to court and requested that his remand be
extended, but the court ordered him released.