Israel Briefs: Haredi-Orthodox Radio Station Fined, Tel Aviv Tunnel Work Continues Despite Protests and More

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Haredi-Orthodox Radio Station Fined

Kol Berama, a haredi-Orthodox Israeli radio station, was fined $280,000 by the Jerusalem District Court because it kept women’s voices off the air, JTA reported.

The court also ordered that the money be kept in a class-action fund to be used for programs to empower religious women.

The Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement and Kolech, the Religious Women’s Forum, filed the suit against Bnei Brak-based Kol Berama six years ago after the plaintiffs were able to document that the station hadn’t aired a women’s voice in two years.


The Jerusalem Post said it was the first time a class-action suit had been filed in Israel challenging civil rights and gender segregation.

Tunnel Work Continues Despite Protests

Work on a Tel Aviv light rail project continued during Shabbat evening Sept. 21 despite protests from thousands of haredi- Orthodox Jews, JTA reported.

The Tel Aviv District Court granted permission for the project to continue over Shabbat after the state construction company said the tunnels being dug were in danger of collapsing. Work typically stops for Shabbat. The Shabbat work was performed by non-Jewish crews.

The protests, which were sanctioned by police, including protesters singing Shabbat songs and displaying signs calling for the Shabbat atmosphere to be preserved in Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb.

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Jewish-American Man Celebrating Sukkot in Jerusalem

A hit-and-run driver killed an American Jewish tourist who was celebrating Sukkot as he walked back from prayers at the Western Wall on Sept. 23, JNS.org reported.

The 31-year-old man was hit around 12:30 a.m. while walking near the Paris Square intersection. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the trauma unit of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The victim was not immediately identified.

Although the driver fled, police located his damaged vehicle 90 minutes later in the Mount Scopus neighborhood. Police said the driver was a Spanish journalist who confessed and was arrested. His blood-alcohol level allegedly was three times the legal limit.

Israel to Deduct Palestinian Authority Stipend Paid to Alleged Teen Killer of Ari Fuld

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon tweeted Sept. 21 that Israel will deduct from the tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority the money that is paid to the teen who allegedly killed Ari Fuld, JTA reported.

Kahlon also tweeted that he will try to prevent Khalil Jabarin’s family from benefiting from the death of Fuld, a 45-year-old dual American and Israeli citizen.

“Ari was a moral person, who loved the land, who loved man and who was a devoted father of four. May God avenge his blood,” Kahlon tweeted.

Jabarin, 17, apparently will receive about $400 monthly for the next three years from the Palestinian Authority. Those payments are through the P.A. Prisoners and Liberated Prisoners law, which provides funds Palestinians who murder Israelis.

Earlier this year, the Knesset passed a law to withhold the money the Palestinians pay terrorists or their families from the money it transfers to the P.A. 

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