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Media Summary

Leaders of the tent protest present social justice vision

In the UK and international media today, all papers note that Arab nations took steps to isolate and condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad over the killing of more than 2,000 anti-government protesters in ongoing demonstrations across the country. The Times notes that Foreign Secretary William Hague made his strongest condemnation of the Syrian regime and called the claims of reform by the regime an “utter sham”. The Guardian, Telegraph and Independent report that an Israeli court made a landmark ruling by allowing the family of a deceased girl to harvest and freeze the eggs from her ovaries. The paper notes that due to domestic pressure the family may not proceed with the procedure. In other news, the Telegraph notes that an excavation of an ancient drainage tunnel in Jerusalem yielded a sword, oil lamp, pots and coins believed to be abandoned 2,000 years ago during the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

In the Israeli newspapers today, Yisrael Hayom leads with the drop in the stock markets in Israel and worldwide. The paper also covers the plans by the new social-economic committee to deal with the concerns of the tent protests calling for an ease of cost of living in Israel. Haaretz leads with two stories on the social justice protests, and notes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to ease the financial burden on the citizens. The Jerusalem Post focuses on the taskforce created to deal with the tent protesters. The paper also notes that Israel deployed unmanned drones to protect the offshore gas fields from Hezbollah attacks.

In other news, Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post reports that three mortar shells were fired from Gaza and landed in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council in southern Israel causing minor damage to property. The Jerusalem Post and Ynetnews report that the Chief of General Staff of the Peoples Liberation Army of China, Gen. Chen Bingde, will visit Israel next week.