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18 Adar 5764 - March 11, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Hamas Admits it is Involved in a Worldwide Struggle
by M Plaut

In a major statement on Monday, Purim Demukofim, the religious terror organization Hamas said that it thinks and plans on a global scale.

18 Mobsters Arrested in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Police have arrested 14 Israelis on suspicion of involvement in a number of attempted underworld assassinations. In addition, they detained four foreign nationals from Belarus, "hired guns" who police believe were brought to Israel to carry out at least one hit.

Bituach Leumi Accuses State of Neglecting Citizens
by G. Kleiman

New Bituach Leumi Director-General Yigal Ben-Shalom launched an unprecedented attack against Finance Ministry officials and their attitude toward Bituach Leumi. Noting Minister- without-Portfolio at the Treasury Meir Sheetrit's attack on its policy he said, "The Finance Ministry would like to weaken Bituach Leumi's standing and strength and transform it into a source of income for the Ministry."

Secular Israeli Schools Fail the Test
by S. Fried

When the electronic media recently reported the results of the MITZAV (School Efficacy and Growth Assessment) tests conducted in 5763, the disclosure forced the Education Ministry to release the results in full and to raise the issue on the public agenda. Not only did the education system have to face an unsympathetic critique, but parents and students were also censured.

HaRav Osher Eliach, zt"l
by S. Bruchi

HaRav Osher Eliach, zt"l, passed away suddenly on motzei Shabbos parshas Yisro, 23 Shvat-February 14 at the age of 52.

Rebbetzin Nechomoh Gittel Siemiatycki, o"h
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Torah community all around the world, and especially in London, was saddened to hear of the passing of Rebbetzin Nechomoh Gittel Siemiatycki, o"h, on Shabbos parshas Tetzaveh. The levaya was in Yerushalayim on the night of Shushan Purim.

Ten Year Israeli Stock Performance
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In January and February 1994, there were 59 initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, an unusually large number. An IPO is an offering of stock by a company to the public. Now, ten years later, this is a summary of what happened with them.

New Transportation Ministry Pamphlet Available
by S. Fried

The Transportation Ministry recently issued an attractive pamphlet (in Hebrew) containing all the information on vehicle and driver's licenses needed by new and old drivers alike.

Pindrus Claims Government Ignores Needs of Chareidi Towns
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Beitar Illit Mayor Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus, commenting on figures released by the Bureau for Statistics that demonstrate chareidi settlements, particularly Beitar Illit, are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, said the Israeli government's budget fails to reflect social needs and disregards the needs of the country's chareidi settlements.

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