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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, March 27, 2017


The State Control Committee convened last week to discuss the democratic boundaries between freedom of speech and incitement, on the heels of a string of incendiary statements made by Rabbi Yigal Levenstein, founder and dean of the Bnei David pre-army academy in Eli.

Committee Chairman and Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar opened the session asking “What does the state do against those who attempt to destroy the public order in Israel?”

Committee members acknowledged the friction between freedom of speech aimed at preventing a police state and criminal incitement. In addition to Levenstein’s description last summer of homosexuals as “deviants” and more recent denunciation of women who serve in IDF combat units, the debate also focused on cases

The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested Gazan Muhammad Murtaja, 29 years old, director of the Gaza Strip branch of coordinator of the Gaza branch of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) organization, a humanitarian assistance program run by the Government of Turkey. Murtaja is suspected of membership in Hamas’ military wing (Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

The investigation revealed that Murtaja was recruited to Hamas in late 2008 and since 2009 has served in the

Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of a 1,400-year-old cache of coins, discovered during excavations for the widening of the Tel Aviv- Jerusalem highway.

The cache, which consists of nine bronze coins dating from the Byzantine Period (324-638 CE), were discovered alongside a large two-story structure and an adjacent winepress, also exposed during the excavations.

“The [coins were] found among a group of large stones that had collapsed alongside the building,” said Annette

Ballplayers in blue-and-white will be remembered for their chutzpah at bat and Mensch on a Bench mascot in debut appearance at global baseball event

Team Israel had a great run at the World Baseball Classic tournament while it lasted. The ballplayers with a David vs. Goliath approach came out swinging hard and stunned the world with four consecutive wins in the preliminary and second rounds.

But two losses in a row – a March 15th 8-3 loss to Japan and a 12-2 clobbering by the Netherlands

Prof. Yosef Yarden, a member of the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Biological Regulation, has been awarded the 2017 Israel Prize in Life Sciences.  The Prize, which is the country’s highest honor, will be presented to Prof. Yarden in celebration of his crucial discoveries about the biochemistry of cancer, on Israel Independence Day.

Over the course of his career, Prof. Yarden has made a significant and original contribution to the understanding of cancer, and has paved the way for new