Israel Briefs: Man Arrested for Trying to Steal 1,000 Pounds of Chickpeas and More

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Man Arrested for Trying to Steal Lots of Chickpeas

A Bedouin man was arrested July 21 after trying to steal about 1,000 pounds of chickpeas from southern Israeli crop fields, The Times of Israel reported.

After receiving a call about a vehicle leaving the area of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, which is near the Gaza Strip, police found the abandoned car loaded with chickpeas. The unnamed suspect was arrested afterward.

The Times of Israel article said police have been criticized in the past for inactivity against agricultural crimes.

Israeli Flag Flying for Soccer Fans in France Temporarily Banned

Authorities in eastern France — who cited concerns about possible anti-Semitic incidents — banned Israeli soccer fans from coming to the center of Strasbourg and flying the nation’s flag, then reversed course in the wake of complaints, JTA reported.

The order came July 25 before a soccer match in Strasbourg pitting Maccabi Haifa against the Strasbourg Racing Club. A day earlier, three Israelis got into a violent confrontation with locals, although they escaped without major injuries.

The Bas-Rhin district office said originally the flag ban only applies to the stadium. The order didn’t mention possible punishments for failing to comply with the prohibitions.

But later that day, the French policing authority known as the Prefecture modified the order, allowing Israeli flags inside the stadium but not in outside streets and public squares.

Following the initial flag banning decision earlier in the day, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev called the decision “unbelievable” and said it’s “unthinkable that a supporter of an Israeli team will walk around in fear.”

The match went off without incident, although Maccabi Haifa lost 3-1.

Israel Won’t Deny Congressional Members Entry

Israel’s Washington, D.C., envoy Ron Dermer said July 19 that the Jewish state won’t deny entry to any congressional member, even supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, JTA reported.

Dermer was responding to speculation about whether Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who both back BDS, would be permitted into the country. Both have indicated they may visit Israel this summer.

“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” Dermer said via a spokesman.

In recent years, Israel adopted a law reserving the right to deny entry to Israel boycott advocates.

Frozen Fish Sales Expected to Soar

In the “Nine Days” period prior to the fast of Tisha B’Av (starting the evening of Aug. 10) — which commemorates the destruction of the two Jewish temples and other historical tragedies — frozen fish sales are expected to climb 50% in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Jews and Israelis often refrain from consuming meat at this time as a traditional mourning practice, so alternatives such as fish become more popular.

Inbal Trop Kirsch, vice president of marketing at Ohf Tov, said the company increased production in its Dag Tov fish products and debuted coated fish snacks called Popcorn Dag Tov.

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