News in Brief - June 17, 2010

Brush fire in Jerusalem; standards set for bottled mineral water.

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Baby of Ashdod stabbing victim dies
The six day old son of a pregnant woman who was stabbed to death Sunday by her neighbor in Ashdod died Wednesday, according to a Channel 2 report.
Tali Atar, 34, a mother of three, was repeatedly stabbed in the torso and neck by a 38- year-old mother of two who lived one floor below, police said. The baby underwent surgery at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, where he died Wednesday.
• Jerusalem Post staff
Jerusalem brush fire snarls traffic
A large brush fire that erupted at the entrance to Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon caused major traffic jams for motorists driving both in and out of the city, and police were deployed to redirect vehicles through the Arizim Tunnel to Route 9.
Motorists were advised to take alternative routes to avoid the gridlock, although firefighters were eventually able to get the flames under control and traffic had resumed its normal flow by late afternoon.
Wednesday's fire however, marked the fourth large brush fire in the Jerusalem area since Sunday, when three separate blazes broke out near the Gilo neighborhood, Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and in the Jerusalem Forest near Beit Zayit.
•Abe Selig
Eden mineral water halts bottling
 The Eden mineral water company halted bottling on Wednesday after routine tests discovered levels of contaminants above the standard for mineral water, the company said. In a notice on its Web site, the company said it was working with the Health Ministry to resolve the problem.
Water already bottled and on the shelves was perfectly safe to drink, according to the company.
In February 2009, the company was forced to shut down production and recall some products after contamination of the springs was discovered.
• Ehud Zion Waldoks
Bottled mineral water standards set
The same specifications for the quality of water drilled from the aquifer will be set for bottled mineral water, the Health Ministry’s new director-general, Dr. Ronni Gamzu, decided on Wednesday. Up till now, there have been no standards for mineral water quality.
Not long ago, a committee discussed setting standards for mineral water and made recommendations, but the issue was raised on a practical level a few days ago when the Mei Eden company on the Golan Heights announced irregularities of certain components in source of its mineral water.
Gamzu invited ministry professionals to discuss the matter and decided on the spot to set the same standards as for water from drillings.
• Judy Siegel
Israel hails UNHCR for slamming Iran
 Israel on Tuesday praised a statement issued by the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva that criticized violations of human rights in Iran during the elections there last year.
“Today’s statement is another expression of the disdain felt by the world’s enlightened countries toward the Iranian regime, and together with the UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions last week, reflects the international community’s lack of patience [with] the character of Iran’s rulers. Israel sees the statement as a step in the right direction and is looking forward to similar steps in the future,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
• Jerusalem Post staff