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Israel horse track betting suspended

13 October 2006

ISRAEL – As reported by BBC News: "Israel has opened its first licensed horse-racing track, but betting was suspended on the opening race at the Nir Yaffe Stadium.

"A coalition made up of Jewish religious leaders and animal rights protesters managed to disrupt the meeting, although the first race went ahead.

"Gambling is generally prohibited in Israel, as Jewish religious law forbids most types of betting.

"However, it is extremely popular among many Israelis…"

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