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Sabreen Saadi is set to become the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to attain the rank of lieutenant in the Israel Police. Saadi comes from a traditional Muslim family in a Bedouin town in northern Israel. Since 2016, when the Israeli government established a special unit aimed at improving policing and security in the country’s Arab communities, more than 600 Arab men and 55 Arab women have enlisted in the Israel Police. Eight new police stations have been established in the Arab sector, with the intention of adding ten more. [Karys Rhea, Algemeiner]

On the bus early in the morning: Drivers frequently have to check that there aren’t too many people standing. As a departure from this practice this driver was checking if 10 men had boarded. Once he determined that he had a minyan, he asked if we minded a slight delay so that he could stop the bus and say the final Kaddish from the morning prayers. He explained: “I’m in mourning. I had to rush out of synagogue to start working early this morning; so, if you really don’t mind, I just want to say the last Kaddish that I missed. I can send a note to your boss if you need one explaining why you were late.” 
[A posting on Facebook] 

The PA’s Energy Authority has condemned the Israel Electric Corporation’s (IEC) new master plan for the development of an electricity grid in the West Bank. This plan provides a blueprint for the electricity infrastructure for Israeli and Palestinian communities in the West Bank through to 2040. The IEC, which supplies 99% of the electricity in the West Bank, will build a network of high-tension transmission lines, the most expensive component of the plan. If the PA refuses to carry out its portion of the plan, that portion won’t be implemented. Palestinians have been experiencing extended electricity shortages in recent months, which the IEC says are the result of inadequate Palestinian infrastructure. Apart from the Israeli master plan, four electricity sub-stations are currently being established in Palestinian areas of the West Bank with funding from the European Investment Bank. 
[Hagar Shezaf, Ha’aretz]

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