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26 Shevat 5763 - January 29, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Victory for Likud with 37 Knesset Seats
Meretz Falls to 6; Shinui Rises to 15; UTJ stays with 5

by Mordecai Plaut

With 100 percent of all the ballots counted aside from those of soldiers and diplomats, the Likud Party has won 37 (19 in previous Knesset) seats in the 16th Knesset, while Labor has won 19 (25). The Shinui Party got 15 (6) seats, Shas got 11 (17), the rightist National Union 7, left-wing Meretz 6 (10), United Torah Judaism 5 (5), and the National Religious Party, 5 (5). Yisrael B'Aliya headed by Natan Sharansky won 2 (6) seats, Am Echad 4 (2) seats and the Arab parties a combined 9 (10) seats.

Upsurge in South African Antisemitic Activity
by D. Saks, South African correspondent

Just one day before the close of the secular year, a total of 38 graves in the Strand and Pineland Jewish cemeteries of Cape Town were vandalized. The attacks received widespread media coverage and were roundly condemned by local religious leaders, although subsequent investigation has suggested that the extent of the damage was exaggerated.

American Agudath Israel Yarchei Kallah in Yerushalayim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Torah Projects Commission of Agudath Israel of America is sponsoring its third Yarchei Kallah Yerushalayim, to take place Monday evening, February 17th (15 Adar) through Thursday, February 20th (18 Adar) in Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh. Air and land packages are available at very special prices.

Demonstration in Rosh HaAyin Against Shabbos Desecration
by A. Cohen

Hundreds of Rosh HaAyin residents held a demonstration on Shabbos Parshas Beshalach to protest against a MacDonald's restaurant open on Shabbos at a shopping mall located in the Tal neighborhood.

Separate Facilities Planned for Park Ayalon
by A. Cohen

An international team of park planning experts that held a workshop at Park Ayalon in Tel Aviv recently has been asked by the park's founders -- Mifal HaPayis, Keren Bracha, the Interior Ministry and 14 concession owners operating nearby -- to take into consideration the needs of potential users from all segments of the population.

London Beis Yaakov Primary School celebrates Standards Inspection Success
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Beis Yaakov Primary School in the London Borough of Barnet is celebrating the publication of its excellent Ofsted and Pikuach reports, following the recent successful inspections. The school has grown to over 400 girls from the kehillos of northwest London.

Criminal Charges Expected Against Prosecutor
by Yated Neeman Staff

Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein is likely to file criminal charges against attorney Leora Glatt-Berkowitz, the senior Tel Aviv prosecutor who leaked details of a police investigation into a loan made to the prime minister's family to Ha'aretz crime reporter Baruch Kra, a senior judicial source said.

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