Mideast Report U.N. committee blasts Israeli actions

Youth who killed Arab gets 4 years

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's Supreme Court on Monday stiffened the sentence to four years in prison for a youth convicted of killing an Arab man near Hebron by hitting him in the head with a wooden board.

The perpetrator, who killed the man by sticking the board out of the window of the vehicle in which he was riding, originally was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison, plus a one year suspended sentence.

The Supreme Court explained its move by saying he had singled out the victim because he was an Arab. The trial of another youth charged in the crime is under way.

Israel and Jordan resolve water dispute

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and Jordan have resolved a water dispute that recently spurred Amman to suggest that Israel was attempting to avoid its obligations under the two countries' 1994 peace treaty.

No specific figures were announced regarding the amount of water Israel agreed to supply Jordan, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported late last week.

Lesbian moms take case to high court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's Supreme Court gave the government three months to explain the Interior Ministry's refusal to register both partners in a lesbian couple who are raising a son together as "mothers."

One of the women is the biological mother of the child, while her partner legally adopted him in the United States.

Car bomb kills child; dad tied to underworld

TEL AVIV (JPS) — Aviv Iluz, age 3, was killed Tuesday by a car bomb apparently intended for his father Asher Iluz, a suspected underworld figure who was moderately wounded in the blast.

Iluz, 40, put his son into the back seat of his business partner's car and, as he was walking around to the driver's seat, the bomb exploded. Police have tied Iluz to drugs, gambling and check fraud.

Four sky-divers die in plane crash

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four Israelis died in an airplane accident along Israel's northern coast following engine failure Saturday.

Six other passengers in the plane, which was carrying members of a sky-diving club to a jump, were injured, five of them seriously.