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Iran installs new advanced centrifuge cascades at Natanz enrichment plant

Increase in uranium enrichment comes as Tehran, Washington returning to indirect talks over reviving to Iran nuclear deal

Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (Screenshot/Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting-IRIB, via AP)
Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (Screenshot/Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting-IRIB, via AP)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Wednesday’s events as they unfolded.

Iran installs new advanced centrifuge cascades at Natanz enrichment plant

Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (Screenshot, Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting-IRIB, via AP)
Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (Screenshot, Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting-IRIB, via AP)

Iran completes the installation of three advanced IR-6 centrifuge cascades at its Natanz fuel enrichment plant, Reuters reports citing an International Atomic Energy Agency report to member states.

The report comes as Iran is set to resume indirect talks with the US on returning to the nuclear deal.

According to the IAEA report, Iran informed the agency it also plans to install an additional six IR-2m cascades at Natanz.

Man drowns off Ashkelon beach

A 20-year-old man dies after drowning while swimming at an Ashkelon beach.

The man was pulled from the sea unconscious and Magen David Adom medics evacuated him to the nearby Barzilai hospital while trying to resuscitate him.

However, doctors at the hospital are forced to declare him dead on arrival.

Lapid kicks off election campaign, vows to fight cost of living increase

Prime Minister and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid speaks to party members during a Yesh Atid party conference in Tel Aviv, August 3, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Prime Minister and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid speaks to party members during a Yesh Atid party conference in Tel Aviv, August 3, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid kicks off his Yesh Atid party’s election campaign in an event in Tel Aviv, promising to lower the cost of living in Israel.

Lapid takes a dig at opposition chief Benjamin Netanyahu, who presented his own economic plan earlier in the day.

“We are leading the fight against a rise in the cost of living,” Lapid tells the crowd of supporters.

“For 15 years nobody did anything, they did not touch it,” he said referring to Netanyahu’s more-than-decade-long time in power.

“Suddenly Netanyahu learns how to fill up a car? He goes to a gas station, and even does it exactly when we have just brought gas prices down,” Lapid says.

El Al flight to Milan returning to Israel after bird strike

El Al Airlines' Boeing 737s are pictured on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, March 10, 2020. (Jack Guez/AFP)
El Al Airlines' Boeing 737s are pictured on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, March 10, 2020. (Jack Guez/AFP)

El Al says its flight LY387 to Milan is returning to Tel Aviv after suffering a bird strike on takeoff.

The airline says there is no danger to the passengers, who will likely be transferred to another aircraft.

Security brass said to warn cabinet of Hezbollah escalation without Lebanon gas deal

An Israeli Sa'ar Class 4.5 missile boat guards the Energean floating production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, in footage published by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli Sa'ar Class 4.5 missile boat guards the Energean floating production, storage and offloading vessel at the Karish gas field, in footage published by the military on July 2, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Senior security officials who briefed the security cabinet today warned that without an agreement in maritime border talks with Lebanon, there will be an escalation with Hezbollah, the Walla news site reports.

Citing sources in the meeting, the report says security chiefs said clashes with the Shiite terror group could involve several days of fighting.

Ministers received an update on US-led mediation efforts to resolve the maritime border dispute between the two countries over a region with significant natural gas desposits.

Israel said refusing Islamic Jihad demands made through Egyptian mediator

The West Bank head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, Bassem Saadi, is seen shortly after his arrest by Israeli troops on August 2, 2022. (Courtesy)
The West Bank head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, Bassem Saadi, is seen shortly after his arrest by Israeli troops on August 2, 2022. (Courtesy)

The Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper, citing an unnamed Palestinian source, says Egyptian efforts to de-escalate the tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are still ongoing, but Israel has so far denied the terror group’s requests.

The paper says Islamic Jihad has demanded that the family of Bassem Saadi, the terror group’s West Bank leader who was arrested on Monday, be allowed to visit him to check on his condition.

Additionally, Islamic Jihad is demanding Israel end military operations in the West Bank, specifically in the Jenin area where Saadi was detained, Al-Quds says.

Lastly, the terror group is asking for the release of Khalil Awawda, a Palestinian detainee currently on hunger strike, the report says.

The source tells the paper that Israel is denying the requests, especially regarding its operations in the West Bank.

The report adds that the source indicated Islamic Jihad seems interested in de-escalating but has emphasized “its right to respond to the crimes of the occupation,” including the arrest of Saadi.

Chicago-area July 4 parade attack suspect pleads not guilty

This photo provided by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force shows Robert Crimo, III. Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of First Degree Murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, July 6, 2022. (Lake County Major Crime Task Force via AP)
This photo provided by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force shows Robert Crimo, III. Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of First Degree Murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, July 6, 2022. (Lake County Major Crime Task Force via AP)

The man accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago pleads not guilty, a week after prosecutors announced he faces 117 felony counts in the attack.

Robert E. Crimo III appears for a brief hearing in Lake County’s circuit court to enter a formal plea to the charges — 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery representing those killed and wounded during the parade in Highland Park.

Crimo wears a COVID-19 face mask throughout the 10-minute arraignment and repeatedly tells Judge Victoria Rossetti that he understands the charges and potential penalties he faces, including life imprisonment.

Volcano near Iceland’s main airport erupts again

A aerial shot of activity from the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland on Wednesday Aug. 3, 2022, which is located 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital of Reykjavik and close to the international Keflavik Airport. Authorities in Iceland say a volcano in the southwest of the country is erupting just eight months after its last eruption officially ended. (AP Photo/Ernir Snær)
A aerial shot of activity from the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland on Wednesday Aug. 3, 2022, which is located 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital of Reykjavik and close to the international Keflavik Airport. Authorities in Iceland say a volcano in the southwest of the country is erupting just eight months after its last eruption officially ended. (AP Photo/Ernir Snær)

A volcano in southwest Iceland begins erupting, the country’s meteorological authorities say, just eight months after its last eruption officially ended.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office urges people not to go near the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is located some 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital, Reykjavik.

The eruption in an uninhabited valley is not far from Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s international air traffic hub. The airport remains open and no flights were disrupted.

A live video feed from the site shows magma spewing from a narrow fissure about 100 to 200 meters (109 to 218 yards) long over a field of lava from last year’s eruption, the first on the Reykjanes Peninsula in almost 800 years.

Lapid vows to protect hospital staff after more violence against medical workers

Prime Minister Yair Lapid vows to protect hospital workers after a caregiver was beaten unconscious by a patient at Rambam hospital in Haifa.

The attack is the latest in a series of violent assaults against medical staff in recent months.

“We can’t ignore the cry from the medical teams, who face unconscionable violence in hospitals and clinics,” Lapid tweets.

“We will support them and advance any proposal meant to protect the medical teams, exactly as they protect us.”

Roads around Gaza to remain closed for 3rd day amid fears of Islamic Jihad attack

Following a new assessment held by the Israel Defense Forces, road closures along the border with the Gaza Strip will remain tomorrow as well, for the third day in a row, according to local authorities.

The closures came amid fears of an imminent attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, after the IDF arrested its West Bank leader on Monday night.

Most towns along the border have alternative routes to exit, apart from Kerem Shalom and Kibbutz Nahal Oz which are entirely blockaded. Some people, due to emergencies, have been allowed in and out by the army at specific time intervals.

Reversing death: Scientists revive cells and organs of pigs dead for an hour

Pigs at a farm in Goudelin, western France, on  February 13, 2019. (Damien Meyer/AFP)
Pigs at a farm in Goudelin, western France, on February 13, 2019. (Damien Meyer/AFP)

Scientists announce they have restored blood flow and cell function throughout the bodies of pigs that were dead for an hour, in a breakthrough experts say could mean the need to update the definition of death itself.

The discovery raised hopes for a range of future medical uses in humans, the most immediate being that it could help organs last longer, potentially saving the lives of thousands of people worldwide in need of transplants.

However, it could also spur debate about the ethics of such procedures — particularly after some of the ostensibly dead pigs startled the scientists by making sudden head movements during the experiment.

The US-based team stunned the scientific community in 2019 by managing to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they had been decapitated.

For the latest research, published in the journal Nature, the team sought to expand this technique to the entire body.

They induced a heart attack in the anaesthetized pigs, which stopped blood flowing through the bodies.

This deprives the body’s cells of oxygen — and without oxygen, cells in mammals die.

The pigs then sat dead for an hour.

The scientists then pumped the bodies with a liquid containing the pigs’ own blood, as well as a synthetic form of haemoglobin — the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells — and drugs that protect cells and prevent blood clots.

Blood started circulating again and many cells began functioning including in vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidney, for the next six hours of the experiment.

“These cells were functioning hours after they should not have been — what this tells us is that the demise of cells can be halted,” Nenad Sestan, the study’s senior author and a researcher at Yale University, tells journalists.

US envoy Malley heading to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks

Robert Malley, US Special Envoy for Iran, is shown in Vienna, Austria, June 20, 2021. (Florian Schroetter/AP)
Robert Malley, US Special Envoy for Iran, is shown in Vienna, Austria, June 20, 2021. (Florian Schroetter/AP)

Rob Malley, the US State Department’s pointman on talks with Iran, announces that he is headed to Vienna to resume negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program that have been stuck for months on key final details.

“Our expectations are in check, but the United States welcomes EU efforts and is prepared for a good faith attempt to reach a deal,” Malley tweets.

“It will shortly be clear if Iran is prepared for the same,” he says.

Israel’s under-18 basketball team makes quarter-finals in European Championship

Israel’s under-18 basketball team reaches the quarter-finals of the European Championships being held in Turkey.

The team beat Poland 65-58 and will now face Serbia.

Yamina MK Shirly Pinto won’t run with new Zionist Spirit party

Shirley Pinto, the first deaf Knesset member, speaks during a plenum session on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Shirley Pinto, the first deaf Knesset member, speaks during a plenum session on July 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Yamina MK Shirly Pinto, the first deaf member of Knesset, says she will not run with the new Zionist Spirit party in the upcoming elections.

Yamina, now under Ayelet Shaked, announced a joint run last week with Yoaz Hendel’s Derech Eretz party under the Zionist Spirit banner.

Pinto says she made her decision after talks with Shaked and says she will continue to work to advance the cause of the differently-abled in Israel.

 

Caregiver attacked, knocked unconscious by patient at Rambam hospital

Illustrative: Medical staff at Rambam Hospital, January 30 2011. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative: Medical staff at Rambam Hospital, January 30 2011. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A caregiver was attacked and knocked unconscious by a patient at Rambam hospital in Haifa, the hospital says.

The incident is the latest in a series of violent attacks against medical staff in Israel in recent months.

The hospital says the caregiver is being examined in the emergency room.

The woman says she was helping the man to get dressed when he began punching her in the head.

The man was restrained by a hospital guard and later arrested by police.

Canada says Jews were most-targeted religious minority for hate crimes last year

Illustrative: A protester waves a Canadian flag in front of parked vehicles on Rideau Street at a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Illustrative: A protester waves a Canadian flag in front of parked vehicles on Rideau Street at a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada’s 380,000 Jews were the most targeted religious minority for hate crimes reported to police in 2021, the country’s official numbers keeper report.

Statistics Canada says that the Jewish community, comprising about 1% of the population, were victims of 14% of reported hate crimes. Jews saw a 47% rise in reported hate crimes compared to 2020, according to the bureau.

“We are deeply concerned that incidents of hate crimes rose yet again in Canada in 2021,” says Shimon Koffler Fogel, head of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. “This disturbing trend clearly proves the need for more proactive measures to stop the rising hate targeting diverse Canadians based on their identity.”

Only Black Canadians, who make up about 3.5% of the country’s population, reported more hate crimes. Overall, 1.3 Canadian Jews in every 1,000 reported being victims of hate crime in 2021.

Surveilance footage said to show Iranian agents scouting Israeli targets in Turkey

An image taken from security camera footage at an airport believed to show and Iranian agent (C) monitoring Israeli tourists in turkey in July 2022 (Screen capture/Channel 12)
An image taken from security camera footage at an airport believed to show and Iranian agent (C) monitoring Israeli tourists in turkey in July 2022 (Screen capture/Channel 12)

Surveillance footage captured several suspected Iranian agents scouting out Israeli targets in Turkey last month, local media says.

Footage, reportedly obtained from security sources, shows several men trailing Israeli tourists and filming them.

The footage shows them in airports, tourist centers and hotels.

Last month Turkey arrested several people accused of plotting attacks against Israeli targets in Istanbul.

“We are talking about an event on a scale we had not seen before,” a Turkish source tells Israel’s Channel 12.

 

Lapid interviews final two candidates for next IDF chief

Prime Minister Yair Lapid interviews major generals Eyal Zamir and Herzi Halevi, the two final candidates for the next Israeli military chief, his office says.

According to the PMO, Lapid met separately with the two for an “in-depth conversation, and heard from them about their security worldview.”

Zamir is a former IDF deputy chief of staff currently serving as a research fellow at the Washington Institute think tank, and Halevi is the current deputy chief of staff.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is expected to make his decision in the coming weeks, once Lapid has given his input on the matter.

Key witness in Netanyahu trial asks AG to protect her from threats

Hadas Klein during a court hearing in the trial against former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Jerusalem District Court, July 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Hadas Klein during a court hearing in the trial against former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the Jerusalem District Court, July 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Hadas Klein, a key prosecution witness in Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial, has asked Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara to intervene to protect her from a slew of threats she has received.

“It is the obligation of the state to protect witnesses and allow them to testify freely without pressure or fear,” Channel 13 quotes Klein’s letter as saying.

Klein, an assistant to billionaires Arnon Milchan and James Packer, described during her testimony at the Jerusalem District Court the incessant demands for luxury goods made for years by former prime minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara to her bosses.

Official: Female guards face widespread sexual harassment at all prisons

A senior Prison Service official tells Israel Radio that female guards face widespread sexual harassment and assault across all jails in Israel.

“The harassment is on a near-daily basis, we are talking about sex crimes, indecent acts, verbal abuse, and attempts at sexual assault,” the official says, adding that other females working in the prison system, like social workers, face similar plights.

The officer says that prisoners feel they have nothing to lose and are not deterred by punishments, like fresh charges or being sent to solitary confinement.

Lawyer tells Knesset panel that prisoner repeatedly tried to rape female guards

A Knesset panel debates the sexual abuse claims in Gilboa Prison, August 03, 2022.(Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)
A Knesset panel debates the sexual abuse claims in Gilboa Prison, August 03, 2022.(Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90)

Keren Barak, a lawyer representing a female guard who says she was raped by a security prisoner at the Gilboa Prison, tells a Knesset panel debating the scandal that it was not an isolated case.

“A year after the rape, the security prisoner tried to rape another female soldier — don’t say you didn’t know,” she says.

Barak’s client alleges she was among several female guards “pimped out” by senior prison officials in a bid to control the security prisoners.

EU nuclear envoy due in Vienna for talks with Iran

Enrique Mora, a leading European Union diplomat, left, shakes hands with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2022. (Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP)
Enrique Mora, a leading European Union diplomat, left, shakes hands with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2022. (Iranian Foreign Ministry via AP)

The EU’s nuclear coordinator Enrique Mora is due in Austria today for talks with the Iranian delegation as the two sides seek to salvage the agreement on Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

“On my way to Vienna to discuss JCPOA back to full implementation,” he tweets, referring to the 2015 deal intended to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb.

Negotiations between Iran and world powers, which began in late November 2021 to reintegrate Joe Biden’s United States into the agreement, have been stalled since March.

In late June, Qatar hosted indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in the hope of getting the process back on track — but those talks did not lead to a breakthrough.

In a last-ditch effort, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell submitted a compromise proposal last Tuesday and called on the parties to accept it to avoid a “dangerous nuclear crisis.”

Videos released in English depicting last 6 months of Anne Frank’s life

Journalists take images of the renovated Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
Journalists take images of the renovated Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

The Anne Frank House museum is releasing an English-language version of three videos in which an actress playing the young Jewish diarist describes the last six months of her life, from her arrest to her death in a Nazi concentration camp.

The English version of “Anne Frank – After the Arrest” is set for release on Thursday, 78 years to the day since Anne, her parents, her sister and four other Jews who hid with them in a secret annex of an Amsterdam house were arrested. Two non-Jewish helpers also were arrested.

The Frank family members hid in the annex from July 1942 until they were arrested in August 1944 and deported to concentration camps. Only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived.

After the war, Otto had his dead teenage daughter’s diary published, and it has since been translated into more than 70 languages. The building housing the secret annex was turned into a museum in 1960.

The videos being released Thursday were previously available in Dutch. They pick up where the diary ends, depicting what happened to Anne and her family after their arrest. Eyewitness accounts provided some of the information.

Iran sending delegation to Vienna to resume nuclear talks

A general view of Palais Coburg, the site of a meeting where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, on February 8, 2022. (Lisa Leutner/AP)
A general view of Palais Coburg, the site of a meeting where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place in Vienna, Austria, on February 8, 2022. (Lisa Leutner/AP)

Iran says it is sending a delegation to Vienna to resume talks to revive the frayed 2015 agreement on its nuclear program that has been at a standstill since March.

“As part of the policy of lifting cruel sanctions against our country, Iran’s negotiating team led by Ali Bagheri, the Islamic Republic’s chief negotiator, will leave for Vienna in a few hours,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani says in a statement.

‘Prisoners are in charge of the guards’: Knesset panel debates Gilboa Prison scandal

Gilboa Prison, February 28, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Gilboa Prison, February 28, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A joint debate is being held by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Public Security Committee to discuss the Gilboa Prison scandal, in which senior officers are accused of “pimping” out female guards to security prisoners.

MKs slam the Prison Service for trying to whitewash the situation after they bring in a female guard to testify, who tells the committee members, “It’s a good place to work.”

MK Orit Strock of the far-right Religious Zionism party bemoans the situation whereby “terrorists are in a place where they are in control of the guards.”

“Our long arm reaches them and then puts them in a luxurious kindergarten,” she says. “What happened to the female guards is terrible, but everything that is happening there is terrible, beyond these events.”

Female soldiers first alleged in 2018 that they were forced into close contact with prisoners as sexual bargaining chips, leading to them being harassed and assaulted, but the case was closed due to a lack of evidence.

 

Lapid convenes security cabinet to discuss Gaza border tensions

Israeli security forces man a checkpoint in the southern Kibbutz of Yad Mordechai near the Gaza border, on August 2, 2022.  (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
Israeli security forces man a checkpoint in the southern Kibbutz of Yad Mordechai near the Gaza border, on August 2, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid convenes the high-level security cabinet to discuss tensions along the border of the Gaza Strip, his office says.

Lapid receives a briefing from top defense officials regarding the situation in the south, and the members of the cabinet discuss Israel’s current assessments and actions it has been taking to defend against the imminent threat of an Islamic Jihad attack on the border.

“The prime minister continues to receive regular updates on the situation in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings and holds briefings several times a day,”  the Prime Minister’s Office says.

The PMO adds that ministers also received an update regarding US-mediated negotiations with Lebanon over a disputed maritime border.

Auburn Tigers basketball team tours Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

Members of the Auburn Tigers tour the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem on August 3, 2022 (Courtesy/MFA)
Members of the Auburn Tigers tour the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem on August 3, 2022 (Courtesy/MFA)

Members of the Auburn Tigers college basketball team tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem as part of their trip to Israel.

Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan shares with the team from Alabama his experiences visiting the Civil Rights Trail in the US South when he served as Israel’s Consul General in New York.

“Like my trip in the footsteps of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., your visit today to Yad Vashem is a journey through history,” Dayan says.

“The Holocaust is the representation of humanity’s lowest point, at time when all morality and justice was lost to an ideology that deemed Jews subhuman. Today we must fight hatred and antisemitism in all its forms, in order to ensure that history is never allowed to repeat itself.”

The 1st Division NCAA team from Auburn University is on a 10-day tour of Israel.

During the trip they will play three games: against the Israel U-20 National Team, against an Israel select all-star team and against the Israel National Team.

 

 

 

English Premier League clubs to end anti-racism protest before each match

Liverpool's Thiago, centre, and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne take a knee before the FA Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Liverpool's Thiago, centre, and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne take a knee before the FA Community Shield soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

English Premier League football players will no longer take the knee before every match in the upcoming season, confining the anti-racism gesture to selected games, a statement says.

“We have decided to select significant moments to take the knee during the season to highlight our unity against all forms of racism, and in so doing we continue to show solidarity for a common cause,” club captains say in the announcement on the Premier League web site.

The Premier League says it supported the captains’ decision, and would elevate anti-racism messaging as part of its “No Room for Racism” campaign — words that already feature on players’ sleeves.

Premier League players began taking the knee at the start of every game in June 2020, when the season resumed following a Covid shutdown, a month after the killing in the United States of George Floyd.

Ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest against racial injustice in 2016, and the gesture has become a familiar sight across a range of sports since Floyd’s murder by a US police officer.

Two tourists from UAE mistakenly arrested after attempted mob hit in Tel Aviv

The scene of a crime-related shooting on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, August 2, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
The scene of a crime-related shooting on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, August 2, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Two people who were arrested and then released after an attempted mob hit in Tel Aviv are tourists from the UAE, the Walla news site reports.

The two were detained after shots were fired on central Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street yesterday, in what police said was a crime-related incident.

They were quickly released after it became clear that they were not involved in the shooting.

An initial investigation found that two suspects riding a motorcycle fired shots at a third man who was in a car on the street.

Police say the target is a known criminal.

Pelosi leaves Taiwan after visit that angered China

Pro-China supporters hold U.S. flag and a picture of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. U.S. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Pro-China supporters hold U.S. flag and a picture of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. U.S. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs Taiwan, ending a controversial landmark visit that Beijing responded to with threats and military drills.

The 82-year-old lawmaker waved to waiting dignitaries at Taipei’s Songshan airport before boarding a US military aircraft that took off at 6 p.m. (1000 GMT), live broadcasts showed.

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