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  • Watch: How Israeli Special Forces Protect Vital Natural Gas Rigs (video)

    Life in Israel
    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:55 am
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  • Exposé: Ship to Gaza

    Arutz Sheva Op-Eds
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    This is not a ship filled with naive and well-meaning activists.
  • Conflicting reports on what started soccer brawl in Berlin involving Jewish team

    JTA Breaking News
    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:12 am
    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic slurs directed against a Jewish soccer team sparked a brawl between two Berlin amateur squads, according to the Jewish team, but police said witnesses related that there were also anti-Muslim insults. Two players were injured in the fight Sunday in the German city during the match between BFC Meteor and the newly formed TuS Makkabi III. Referees halted the game 10 minutes into the second half after failing to restore order. Four people have been charged with insulting and causing bodily harm. Police are investigating possible charges of anti-Semitic incitement.
  • Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.

    NYT > Israel
    5 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Many of the West Bank’s most violent extremists have roots in the U.S.
  • Can tolerance be taught to Israeli students?

    Israel News
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Education Minister Naftali Bennett imposed mandatory classes in tolerance for the start of the new school year in September 2015, hoping to offset the responses and violence of the summer. It was day three of the school year, and most secondary school principals weren't quite ready to talk about the Education Ministry-prescribed classes on tolerance.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Conflicting reports on what started soccer brawl in Berlin involving Jewish team

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:12 am
    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic slurs directed against a Jewish soccer team sparked a brawl between two Berlin amateur squads, according to the Jewish team, but police said witnesses related that there were also anti-Muslim insults. Two players were injured in the fight Sunday in the German city during the match between BFC Meteor and the newly formed TuS Makkabi III. Referees halted the game 10 minutes into the second half after failing to restore order. Four people have been charged with insulting and causing bodily harm. Police are investigating possible charges of anti-Semitic incitement.
  • Families of Israeli submarine crew receive declassified reports on ’68 sinking

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The families of the 69 sailors who died when an Israeli submarine sank nearly a half century ago have received all of the reports generated after the incident. The reports on the sinking of the Dakar on Jan. 25, 1968, had remained classified until Monday, when the families met and received the documents, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The wife of a sailor killed on the submarine had contacted the Israeli Navy and asked for all the available information. The families, who also were provided with a summary of the efforts to locate the ill-fated craft and…
  • Iran has not softened position on Israel, says supreme leader’s advisor

    Marcy Oster
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has not softened its position on Israel, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader said. “Iran will not recognize Israel. We still emphasize that Israel is a usurper and occupying regime and we will not come along with it,” Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on international affairs to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told a group of religious leaders from Pakistan visiting Iran on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The comments came several days after British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said in an interview with the British media that…
  • Vienna Jews accuse city prosecutor of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by Muslims

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    (JTA) — The Jewish Community of Vienna accused the city’s prosecutor’s office of ignoring anti-Semitic incitement by pro-Palestinian activists. The incitement took the form of a caricature published last month on the Facebook page of organizers of the Vienna march of International Quds Day — an annual event held in cities across the world since it was initiated in Iran as an expression of solidarity with Palestinians and rejection of Zionism and Israel. The caricature showed men wearing Middle Eastern garb and one child pouring water into a hole, at the bottom of which stands a…
  • Half million sign petition to end Israel’s Gaza blockade

    Ben Sales
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    TEL AVIV (JTA) — More than half a million people have signed a petition to end Israel’s blockade of Gaza, within one day after it was posted. The petition, posted Wednesday on political activism website Avaaz, calls for an end to the blockade in order to enable the reconstruction of Gaza. Some 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis died in the war, which also destroyed 18,000 homes. None have been rebuilt yet, with money going only to repairing damaged homes. Construction has moved slowly because pledged donations have been slow in arriving, and, according to international aid…
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    NYT > Israel

  • Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.

    5 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Many of the West Bank’s most violent extremists have roots in the U.S.
  • What We’re Reading

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Get recommendations from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting interesting stories from around the web. In this installment, great reads from Diaa Hadid, Michael Roston and others.
  • Palestinian Expects Flag Will Fly at U.N.

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The move would offer Mahmoud Abbas a chance to demonstrate his push to gain international recognition for a Palestinian state.
  • American Yeshiva Students Escape Attack in West Bank Town

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Five American Jewish seminary students were rescued from an attack by local Palestinians who hurled stones and a firebomb at their car, said the Israeli police and the military.
  • Egypt: American Soldiers Are Wounded

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Six international peacekeepers stationed in Egypt, including four American soldiers, were wounded by two improvised explosive devices on Thursday.
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    Israel News

  • Can tolerance be taught to Israeli students?

    4 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Education Minister Naftali Bennett imposed mandatory classes in tolerance for the start of the new school year in September 2015, hoping to offset the responses and violence of the summer. It was day three of the school year, and most secondary school principals weren't quite ready to talk about the Education Ministry-prescribed classes on tolerance.
  • Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:03 am
    Vatican City, Sep 4, 2015 / 12:03 am .- Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians. Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept.
  • German politician rues comparing Israel's security fence to Berlin Wall

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:54 pm
    In remarks made several months ago, Uwe Kekeritz of the Green Party said the Berlin Wall, which communist East Germany built in 1961 to keep its citizens from fleeing to the democratic West Germany, "is just a toy" in comparison to the West Bank fence, which he saw on a trip to Israel last year. The remarks gained attention after they were posted last month on YouTube.
  • Israel recovers ancient sarcophagus hidden by contractors

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:59 pm
    AFP/AFP - Israel Antiquities Authority southern district director Saar Ganor cleans the lid of a Roman-era sarcophagus adorned with the carving of a young man, at a warehouse in Bet Shemesh on September 3, 2015 Israeli authorities have recovered a Roman-era sarcophagus that construction workers sought to hide after digging it up at a building site, officials said Thursday. The limestone coffin, estimated at 1,800 years old and discovered last week during work on a new neighbourhood in coastal city Ashkelon, was described as "unique" by Gabi Mazor, a retired Israel Antiquities Authority…
  • In directorial debut, Portman focuses on her native Israel

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:45 pm
    3, 2015. . Director and actress Natalie Portman, smiles during a photocall for her film "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Preventing another Gaza war through 'Palestinian relief'

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Analysis: Netanyahu and Ya'alon don't want to negotiate with Hamas, but are working through backdoor channels to prevent the next conflict with a push to rebuild Gaza, including a port, solar farms, and joint industrial zones. And there's even a Qatari envoy waiting around with a billion dollars in his pocket.
  • A tsunami warning for Europe

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Op-ed: The refugee crisis in Europe is, strangely, giving new life to old borders. Not long ago, Europeans condemned Israel for building fences; now they are learning from us. In Israel, people complained that there was no policy; this week, Hungary changed its policy on a daily basis.
  • Its time for a Red Flag

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Op-ed: The new counter-terrorism laws are far too broad, leaving a wide opening for false accusations of terrorism, and preventing adequate legal defenses.
  • A new wind blowing out of Washington

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:36 am
    Op-ed: Obama chose Roosevelt's foreign policy - 'speak softly and carry a big stick' - unlike his predecessor Bush, who chose to strike with the big stick, and then wondered why there was no one left to talk to.
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  • At least 20 die in Druze clashes with Syrian troops after Druze cleric slain

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:31 pm
    September 4, 2015, 11:31 PM (IDT) Deadly clashes erupted Friday on Djebel Druze between minority members and Syrian government troops after two bomb cars went off in the southern town of Suweida in the Druze strongholdm, killing Sheikh Wahid Balous, a prominent anti-Assad opponent and seven people including two more Druze clerics. DEBKAfile: Armed Druzes then seized and torched Syrian government offices and Army Intelligence bases in their region. Clashes continued through Friday night.  
  • Rebel Houthi missile kills 45 UAE troops in Yemen

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:54 pm
    September 4, 2015, 10:54 PM (IDT) The UAE troops were struck by a Soviet-era Tochka missile while taking part in a Saudi-led operation against the Yemeni Houthi rebels. The missile hit an ammunition depot in the province of Marib, some 120 km east of the capital Sanaa. This was the deadliest day for the UAE military in is history of 44 years.
  • Sinai bomb blasts injure 4 US troops, 2 MFO peace keepers

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:39 pm
    September 4, 2015, 10:39 PM (IDT) Four American and two international peacekeepers from Fiji were wounded in two bomb blasts in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula Thursday night, US defense officials said. All six belonged to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), serving in Sinai after Israel and Egypt concluded a peace treaty in 1979. The two international troops hit an improvised explosive device with their vehicle, and then the four Americans were hit with a second explosion on another vehicle while attempting to respond and provide help, said Maj. Roger M. Cabiness II, a…
  • The nuclear chess game begins: Iran plays for sanctions relief before compliance with deal

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    September 4, 2015, 7:19 PM (IDT) The crowing over Barack Obama’s success in gaining congressional support for his Iranian nuclear deal against Binyamin Netanyahu’s defeat is premature. The Vienna nuclear deal of June 14 was the first round of the game. More are still to come, before either can be said to have won or lost. The biggest hurdle is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s silence on where he stands, except for insisting on immediate sanctions relief. Netanyahu and AIPAC are fully fired up to take their campaign against a nuclear-armed Iran to the next stage: the fight over…
  • Palestinian rescues 5 American tourists mobbed in Hebron

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:42 pm
    September 4, 2015, 8:42 AM (IDT) The five American Yeshiva students from Brooklyn were driving through Hebron Thursday when they lost their way and entered a Palestinian district of the West Bank town. A mob surrounded the car, bombarded it with rocks and set it on fire with a firebomb. Three were hurt, none seriously. A Palestinian bystander rescued the five youths, hid them in his home, alerted the army and kept them safe until the soldiers arrived to collect them. Jewish residents of Hebron demand that the checkpoint at the entrance to the Palestinian neighborhood which was recently…
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  • BBC Lays The Love On Tel Aviv, Calls Jerusalem Israel’s “Capital”

    Aussie Dave
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:46 am
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, just a pig. The Mediterranean coastal city is hot right now, and not just for its nearly year-round summer temperatures, which can reach 40 degrees Celsius. In the last few years, Tel Aviv has been ranked the best smart city by the Smart City Expo World Congress, one of the best beach cities in the world byNational Geographic, the best gay travel destination by and an outstanding culinary destination by Saveur Magazine. While Jerusalem is Israel’s holiest city and capital, Tel Aviv is its defacto economic capital. Easily reached via the Ben…
  • The Mean Streets Of London Town

    Brian of London
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    This was sent to me from the UK today. This is scary stuff. Bibi will be travelling to the UK next week to watch Israel play Wales in a football match. I’m sure that will give the haters another reason to kick off. 03 Sep 2015 Dear Member, Last Shabbat there was an anti-Semitic attack on a member of Dayan Abraham’s community. The young man was walking to Shul in a residential street in Hendon and was approached by two men of Afro-Caribbean appearance. He was threatened physically and was verbally and aggressively attacked with vitriolic anti-Semitic remarks and a Nazi salute. Whilst this…
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Incredible Dolt

    Aussie Dave
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    During Operation Protective Edge, Mark Ruffalo – who’s main claim to fame is playing Bruce Banner (pre-Hulk smash) in the Avengers movies – came out hard against Israel, and refused to believe the Hamas terrorist organization would be depraved enough to use their own people as human shields. @joelakayaki @markruffalo Sorry, I thought blowing up Hospitals was something that all human beings could agree was off limits. — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 17, 2014 @LaneShari1 Do you honestly think these people, these fellow human beings, would use their own children as…
  • LISTEN: Jeremy Corbyn Really Hates Israel A Lot

    Brian of London
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:59 am
    The fact that Jeremy Corbyn even sits down with a virulent hate site like Electronic Intifada should tell you a lot about him. Corbyn is all set to take over the leadership of the UK’s Labour Party. That’s the party of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who were so massively defeated in the last election, they’re struggling to remain relevant. This is the chap they’re going to pin their hopes on. We’ve already shown he has a Palestine obsession: this interview double underlines it and gift wraps it. If there’s anyone in the UK’s Jewish population still thinking this guy can be worked…
  • Cardiff Council Cancels Photo Exhibition Which Paints Israel In True Light

    Aussie Dave
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:41 am
    Disgraceful. An exhibition of photographs of Muslims, Jews and Christians playing football peacefully seems like an unlikely target of a boycott. But that is just what happened when Cardiff Council hosted the show at the local library – because the pictures had been taken in Israel. In advance of the football match between Wales and Israel on Sunday, Cardiff Library agreed to host ‘Jewish-Arab football: diversity and coexistence through lower-league football’. But a spokesperson for Cardiff Council said that ‘following a complaint’, the exhibition had been taken…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • A Zionist Spy Dolphin Walks into a Bar…

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    As reported here, Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel. As always, if you’re going to live in the Middle East, it helps to have a sense of humor. Some thoughts from yesterday…. After capturing the Israeli spy dolphin, Hamas subjected it to ten hours of waterboarding, until realizing that he liked it. After the capture of the Zionist spy dolphin, the International Red Cross has pressured the Hamas leadership into allowing the animal a phone call to Dr. Doolittle. Move over, Dr. Dre Following the breaking news of Hamas’s newest hostage, the National…
  • STILL GOING STRONG: 67 MORE Things I Love About Israel

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Every year I say this but this year, I really can’t believe I was able to write another list. How do I know I say it every year? Because that sentence was copied and pasted from last year. This year was by far the toughest yet but I think you’ll approve. I hope so because this tradition won’t last forever (unless I start liking a LOT more things). But first….I’m about to fly to the US for some shows. If you live in Boston, come out this Sunday! Details here. Without further ado, here is this year’s list:  67 MORE things I love about Israel! Chag…
  • The Day After: Election Thoughts

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. If you’re looking for laughs, you won’t find them here. So it seems likely that Bibi will remain Prime Minister. He may be among the most surprised. In recent days, he seemed to be panicking. He reminded me of a sports team who will do whatever it takes to win even if they have to play dirty, complain to the refs, etc.. Typically the next time the teams play, there is payback (meaning, consequences). He pulled out all the stops: fear, negativity, alienating a fifth of his own country, fighting the Central Elections Committee by claiming that he…
  • Top 10 Reasons Bibi Should Not Cancel Speech

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    The day has arrived. After all the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress, we’re just hours away. Just in case it’s not too late for him to change his mind, here are the top 10 reasons that PM Netanyahu should not cancel his speech: 10. Sara Netanyahu needs another two nights to clear out all the towels and coat hangers from her suite at the Ritz-Carlton. 9. Because there’s nothing funnier than the possibility of Awkward Jacket Toss, Round 2. Remember this? (Photo credit: by Avi Ohayon/GPO / FLASH90) 8. UFC has…
  • Top 10 Random Moments in History

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    My latest from the Times of Israel…. Yesterday, a man opened fire outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, the latest event in a wave of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. After the recent attack at a kosher market in Paris, President Barack Obama did not appear to connect the act to the Jewish nature of the customers, calling it a “bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Without further ado, here are the top 10 random moments in history: 10. Abraham Lincoln randomly releases from slavery a bunch of Southerners. 9.
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    This Normal Life

  • Multifocals and the wisdom of Inside Out

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:11 am
    “Let me take care of him. He’s very sensitive,” my optometrist Nadine whispered to her coworker in Hebrew behind the counter as she brought out my new glasses. “I heard that!” I snapped back, indicating that, while my Hebrew is famously fragile, I had command of enough basics to know when I was being insulted. Except that in my case, it was true. I am super sensitive, in all kinds of things, but especially when it comes to new glasses. And this was not going to be an easy change. I’ve gotten to that point in the narrative arc of my eyesight’s life story where multifocals are my…
  • Hitchhiking now and then

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Exactly 30 years ago today, I was in a car with a group of German strangers on my way to a standing room only soccer match just outside what was then West Berlin. As part of a two-month trek across Europe, I was feeling young and adventurous when I decided to try hitchhiking. Getting to know the locals was part of the whole travel experience, I figured, and I wanted to make my long awaited Eurotrip as colorful as possible, even if the train would have been faster and more convenient. I was thinking about that trip recently as we passed the one year anniversary of the horrific kidnap and…
  • Standing up to the online bullies

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    When I was growing up, I was frequently bullied. I had all the stereotypical markers for bullies to pick on: I was overweight, socially awkward, a klutz in sports and inevitably last to be picked, bespectacled and brainy. It didn’t help that my first name could be twisted to spell out the very insult that my peers from four decades ago refused to release. Even when I eventually thinned out in high school, my tormentors clung to that image of the stocky nerd, and I did little to disabuse them of their cruel notions. There was name calling, books and body parts kicked when I was least…
  • Mystery Maladies and Quality of Life: Is 75 Enough?

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    It’s common to divide people into two opposing types. There are optimists and pessimists, extroverts and introverts, people who love cilantro and those who think it tastes like dirty dishwater. Add to this, people who run to the doctor at the first sign of something wrong and others who wait, trusting that the body will normally sort things out on its own. I’ve been thinking about this last binary distinction over the past few months as I’ve been hit by a mysterious virus, one that remains undiagnosed; not especially debilitating, certainly not fatal, but nonetheless symptomatic enough…
  • Pick and Choose-daism

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Jacob’s Ladder is my favorite weekend of the year. The spring version of the semi-annual music festival, which was held last month, presents an eclectic mix of country, folk, bluegrass and, lately, local indie rock bands over three days at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar north of Tiberius. Over the past several years, I’ve noticed an increasing number of kippa-wearers and others who, at least in outward dress, identify as religious at Jacob’s Ladder. That used to be me too. When I’d ask myself back then how I could justify attending a music festival that takes place over Shabbat and is filled…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Sweden's Populist Surge

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    According to the most recent poll, the innocuously-named but ferociously anti-establishment Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna or SD) has the largest support of any political party in Sweden. This news has potentially momentous implications not just
  • If Tehran Turns Down the Nuclear Deal

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Whether congressional Democrats accept or reject Barack Obama's Iran deal has great importance and is rightly the focus of international attention. But there's another debate taking place over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that may be even more
  • A "Pig" Incident in Jerusalem

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    As most non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem can attest, groups of screaming female banshees accost them, yelling Allahu akbar and other Islamic slogans, making for a highly unpleasant experience. (Called the Murabitat, or the Steadfast,
  • Introduction to "Nothing Abides"

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) fortuitously captured two themes in his phrase that serves as my epigraph, "Nor peace within nor calm around."[1] To be sure, Shelley wrote of his inner turmoil in this poem, Stanzas Written In
  • Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare – and Me

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Two associate professors of political science at San Diego State University, Emanuele Saccarelli and Latha Varadarajan, argue in their new book, Imperialism Past and Present (Oxford University Press), that "western [sic] imperialism did not end with the
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    Good News from Israel

  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including the Jewish Holidays

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in September 2015.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Festivals 2015 - Childhood Memories- Rosh Hashana - Yom Kippur - Sukkot Shana Tov Card from the Israel Philatelic Service - Jewish Resistance Movement - 70th AnniversaryHaganah - Etzel - Lehi Rivers of Israel- Kziv River - Taninim River - Zin River The new stamp images and flyers are located at: sharing address:…
  • English - Hebrew "School" Vocabulary Study Sheets

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Hi Everyone!Get ready for the new school year with the English - Hebrew "School" vocabulary study sheets share. Thank you!For a free 3 Year Jewish Holiday Calendar Card (images and a PDF file) a good year,Jacob
  • 3 Year Jewish Holiday Calendar (5576-5778 / 2015-2018)

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    Hi Everyone!I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card which I posted on my website for you to view, download or print. The address are two image sizes and an Acrobat PDF file.For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file. When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to print margins".Please share. Thank you.Have a Good Year!Shana Tova!Jacob
  • Welcome Home to the New Olim and photos at the airport

    18 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 232 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, August 18) and included 75 children in 29 families and 86 singles. The youngest oleh in the group is four months old and the oldest oleh is 79 years old. 59 of the group will be volunteering for the IDF.I took 328 photos of this historic and exciting event and I posted them online also uploaded the photos to Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address…
  • New: English - Hebrew "Hiking and Camping" Vocabulary and Happy Tu B'Av

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Hi Everyone!Before you plan your next hike or camping trip, prepare yourself with the new "Hiking and Camping" vocabulary section of My English Hebrew Dictionary.There are 12 new study sheets with 100 words and terms related to hiking and camping.Each word is show in Hebrew with nikud (vowels) and there is an English translation and transliteration.Do you know the Hebrew words for: canteen, flashlight, forest, guide, knot, nature reserve,pace, rope, sleeping bag, sunrise, sunset ?Start learning new words is welcome.This…
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    Green Prophet

  • Will robotic wheels replace drones for future home deliveries?

    Laurie Balbo
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Last March, Amazon’s futuristic delivery plan seemed ready to fly when the US awarded a patent to its drone technology. Now an industrial design student has conceived a new fleet of robotic...
  • Fashion revolution! Mom creates clothing you cannot wear “wrong”

    Laurie Balbo
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:53 am
    Someone’s been thinking. About a big problem affecting a lot of us. That turns out to have a brilliantly simple solution. Meet the woman who came up with clothing that can’t be worn wrong....
  • Hydroponics in the house in Qatar!

    Laurie Balbo
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Qatar – the tiny desert nation known for sinking millions into futuristic follies like artificial clouds and underwater TV studios – has come down to earth with a plan to grow up to 70...
  • Meet the teen eco-rapper headed to COP21!

    Laurie Balbo
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Colorado-raised eco-activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a powerful voice in the youth-led climate movement. He’s got a 2014 Ted Talk under his belt, and he received the 2013 United...
  • The Cropking family makes it hydroponics back to school time

    Karin Kloosterman
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Parents are happy to be sending their kids back to school soon. But Green Prophets everywhere know it’s open season to keep learning no matter your age. Urban farming is all the rage. Forget...
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • Rosh haRecipes RoundUp – Part 1

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:14 am
    Here we are. Elul is zipping along so quickly, Selichot is upon us. Time for all the latest High Holiday recipes that have been posted around the net. We begin with the Queen: Joan Nathan. In The New York Times, Nathan shares a recipe for a dairy “Exciting Noodle Kugel.” It is a recipe from […]
  • Froylein’s Quick Fixes #3 – I’m a Morning Person

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:20 am
    I get up early. Not everybody’s early, but some people’s curfew early. Like 4am early. That doesn’t mean I’m fully functioning then, but luckily, routine procedures work even when the brain’s on autopilot. It may come as little surprise that baking is a routine procedure to me, so whipping up a sweet treat for breakfast […]
  • A Jewish actor and a Jewish playwright walk into a bar…

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Iron that shirt. We're going to see a play.
  • ShivaWatch

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Each week, since he announced his diagnosis of Stage 4 terminal cancer earlier this year, Dr. Oliver Sacks’ fans and friends have feared this morning’s announcement of his passing. An eminent physician, polymath, naturalist and author, Sacks, 82, was called the “poet laureate of medicine” by some. Born in London in an ardently Zionist home, […]
  • Froylein’s Quick Fixes #2 – Cinnamon Means Love

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    "The healing powers of cinnamon" or "How Froylein made you crave pastries before breakfast"
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  • 88 Catchy Recruitment Ads You’ve Got to See

    Jacob Share
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Are these the best recruiting ads or the best recruitment ads? Although they require more creativity and often, effort and money, catchy job ads can be game-changers for hiring companies. They get more attention than classic job ads, with the most creative ads getting shared on social media and beyond, and are more memorable because of the emotions they cause. They also build the employment brands of their companies, making them seem like cooler places to work. Enjoy! Find the hottest tech talent  All Jobs: Ralf “Ralf Green, butcher. Find the job that’s right for…
  • What You Need to Know About Israeli Job Search

    Jacob Share
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    From non-negotiable salary offers to job interviews in cafes and everything in between. Photo Credit: amira_a Some background about Israel A tiny country of about 8.5 million people in 2015, most Israelis are first- to fourth-generation immigrants. Having brought their different customs with them, many citizens and their children speak at least Hebrew, English and a 3rd language like my kids do (in our case, French). In a perpetual state of war since being founded in 1948, the majority of Israel’s teenagers are conscripted at age 18 for multi-year military service. Many men and some…
  • Top 100 Pinterest Boards for Job Search in 2015

    Jacob Share
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    The most popular job search resources on Pinterest in 2015. Credit Photo: theilr If pinners vote with who they follow, these boards have become the most popular places on Pinterest to find the latest and greatest tips and resources for job searching. Over a week in the making, this list contains the top boards that are helping people like you right now. Free bonus: Download a spreadsheet with the top 200+ Pinterest job search boards for 2015 including contact information for many of the board owners. The top 100 this year In reverse order, to build suspense… 100. Career by Author Jen Olson…
  • How These Smart Job Seekers Used Blogging To Find Jobs

    Jacob Share
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Case studies of people who blogged their way to a new job. Photo credit: Becky Stern In the past, I’ve told you how I regularly receive job offers because of what I’ve done here with JobMob, and a big part of that success comes from having done the Blog Mastermind course when I started blogging (a phenomenal course which has since been refreshed). While my story is about building my personal brand, showing off my expertise and growing a network, the best fit for you might be different. To inspire you, here are many other bloggers’ stories on blogging to job search success.
  • Secrets to Finding Hidden Jobs Without Using Social Media

    Jacob Share
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What if your next job was hiding right in front of you? Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera Quick poll: what are hidden jobs? Are they… Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Read on to find out… Most jobs are never advertised anywhere. A hiring manager might tell the team that management has okayed a new hire, so “if you guys have any friends that qualify, send me their resumes.” Those are the hidden jobs. Recently, the definition of hidden or “unpublicized jobs” has…
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  • Opinions Gone Wild

    Avi Shafran
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:59 am
    I’m greatly pained by much of the reaction in the Orthodox community to what has come to be called the Iran Deal. To be sure, there are elements of the agreement that are less than ideal. And there is nothing remotely wrong with pointing out those things, even without acknowledging the deal’s positive elements. But there is something wrong, terribly wrong, tragically wrong, in assuming that anyone who dares to see the positive as outweighing the negative is ipso facto “anti-Israel” or, if Jewish, a “traitor” or “sellout.” That opinions other than one’s own are not just…
  • Protesting in Support of International Beit Din

    Avrohom Gordimer
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Do you agree with Rabbi Goldin when he says: “This isn’t a democracy, it’s a halachic process… The power to make decisions has always been in the hands of the few who spend their lives steeped in its wells.” I disagree with him. I think that the Torah belongs to all of us and the sources are there for all of us to study and learn. The very essence of the Talmud and Beit Modrash (sic) is exactly the opposite of what R Goldin is saying. The Torah doesn’t belong to a couple of rabbis in a back room who come out with papal like pronouncements and do not share their sources or…
  • Atticus and the Yomim Nora’im

    Avi Shafran
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    The American 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” was in the news this summer, the result of the publication of an earlier version of it, a sequel in reality, that its author, Harper Lee, had written, and which was apparently only recently discovered. Millions have found the 1960 book inspiring, and it is indeed a rare work. It wonderfully captures Southern American life in the 1940s, and deals thoughtfully with themes like racism and friendship. What’s more, it is suffused with subtle humor. And it has provided American culture with a hero, in the form of “Atticus,” as the father…
  • Ultra-Orthodox Ministers Are Some of Israel’s Best

    Yaakov Menken
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    That’s not my headline, it belongs to Ha’aretz. Yes, really! Ha’aretz columnist Gideon Levy is a member of the hard left — his most recent book is entitled The Punishment of Gaza. But in this article, he not only praises Ministers Aryeh Deri and Yaakov Litzman for their opposition to special interests and service to the poor, but takes aim at the stereotypical view of Charedi ministers (and Charedim generally) “in the eyes of the secular majority.” Most of the article is behind a paywall, but here are some of the most relevant parts: The two get very little…
  • Annual Rosh Hashanah Shiur in Los Angeles

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Part of the beauty of our community is the seriousness and earnestness with which people approach a Yom Tov. Committed Jews understand that each holiday season makes different oros available to those who ready themselves to receive them. I’m happy to make a small contribution before the major holiday seasons with a special shiur. It will take place next week, Wed. Sept.9th at noon, on the 3rd floor of the headquarters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 S Roxbury Dr. Plenty of underground parking diagonally across the street at the Museum of Tolerance. Please keep in mind that it is…
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    Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

  • 09/04 Links Pt2: BDS proves "ignorance is power"; Will Chris Gunness ever be held to account?

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:Elliott Abrams: UNRWA Again: UN Employees Incite HatredThis is our tax money at work: the United States is by far the largest contributor to UNRWA, at over $400 million.This discovery is a test both of the UNRWA and United Nations leadership, and of the Obama administration. This kind of behavior is absolutely intolerable, right? So now what happens? Does UNRWA discipline or fire these individuals? Does Ban ki-Moon step in?Nope, not so far. The only reaction has been–you probably guessed it–attacks on UN Watch by UNRWA’s spokesman. Not a word about these postings or the…
  • List of articles critical of UNRWA since my expose

    Elder of Ziyon
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Since Channel 10 of Israel picked up on my reporting of UNRWA teachers' support for terror and antisemitism on Facebook, other media have been slowly but surely starting to cover the story. Here are some recent articles and op-eds critical of UNRWA:Jerusalem PostTheTowerBreitbart NewsJP Updatesi24NewsOpinion Journal (WSJ)TribuneLiveTheBlaze (1)TheBlaze (2)Breaking Israel NewsJewish Press (1)Jewish Press (2)Council on Foreign Relations (Elliot Abrams)        Same article in NewsweekUN WatchThe CommentatorIsrael National NewsAlgemeiner (1)Algemeiner (2)Times of…
  • German rally to #FreeDolphinFromHamas today

    Elder of Ziyon
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    A hilarious German Facebook page was set up to demand that Hamas free the Mossad spy dolphin."From the river to the sea, all dolphins shall be free."There was a rally planned for today in Alexanderplatz, Berlin. Organizer Alexander Nabert told Vice News "Come on Friday to join with many dolphin solidarity and Zionist friends together to demand the release of our floating comrades . He has been in captivity of terrorists for far too long -we are not even sure if he gets enough water. Or worse: Perhaps they are even Waterboarding him. And Merkel remains silent! We are on the Alexanderplatz, our…
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    תרבות -

  • Straight O. Compton: חובה לכל חובב היפ הופ

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    לאור חשיבות להקת NWA והעובדה שהגזענות כלפי שחורים בארה"ב עדיין כה רלוונטית, לא ברור מדוע כולם הופתעו מההצלחה העצומה של Straight Outta Compton. הסרט אמנם לא חף מבעיות, אבל כל מי שהמוזיקה מדברת אליו חייב לצפות בו
  • עמיר בניון: "התורה מצווה עליך לא להיות טיפש"

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:55 am
    ריבלין, אובאמה, האמנים מהשמאל - עם מי עמיר בניון לא הסתכסך השנה. האשימו אותו בגזענות קשה, הפסיקו להשמיע אותו, הנשיא ביטל הופעה שלו - אבל הוא לא מתחרט על שום דבר, להפך: "אם האמנים יתחילו להתנהג כמו רוב העם יהיה לנו טוב"
  • מתחזק: עודד אמר לא להרים ידיים

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:48 am
    עודד מנשה עולה עם תכנית ריאליטי מפתיעה ומסקרנת בשם 'הפייטן' בערוץ 20, ועל אף שנתקל בלא מעט סירובים בדרך לפינת טלוויזיה משלו העוסקת במסורת, הוא אינו מתכוון לוותר עד שיתרום את חלקו לבניית הגשר בין העולם החילוני לעולם הדתי
  • הזירה הלשונית: עשר הערות על הסלנג הצבאי

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:36 am
    הסלנג הצבאי, ובהרחבה השפה הצבאית המדוברת, הוא אחת מאבני הפינה של העברית הישראלית. כמעט כל ישראלי נחשף אל השפה זו, ישירות או דרך חברים ובני משפחה, ועם זאת היא נותרת שפה סגורה, מוזרה לעיתים, ודורשת הקשרים והסברים
  • חי זה מת: טיפ מ'מאסטר שף' ל'אקס פקטור'

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:16 pm
    אירוע הגמר של "מאסטר שף" היה מוצלח, דווקא בגלל שההפקה השכילה לוותר על הקהל והטעימות בשידור חי מתוך הבנה שכוחה של תוכנית הריאליטי בעריכה דקדקנית ומושקעת. עכשיו נשאר רק לחכות שגם "אקס פקטור" תסתיים כבר בשידור חי ארוך ומשמים כמו תמיד
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  • איזה מין שוטר: החברים באו לחגוג עם יובל סמו

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:17 am
    יובל סמו חנך את "השוטר הטוב", סדרה חדשה בכיכובו שתעלה בקרוב ב-yes, וכל החברים מכל הסדרות והערוצים הגיעו לחגוג. אדיר מילר פגש את ליאת הר לב, עפר שכטר הוציא לשון לאלי פיניש ועלמה זק השתעשעה עם הצלם שלנו. היה שמח, מאוד
  • אייל גולן חגג יום הולדת לנסרין באבולעפיה

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    יום הולדת 29 זה בכלל לא צחוק, לכן החליטו בליאם הפקות שבבעלות אייל גולן לחגוג לטאלנטית נסרין קדרי מסיבת הפתעה באבולעפיה. הבוס הגיע באיחור ובלי רוסלנה ובכל זאת משך את כל תשומת הלב
  • למה בר רפאלי ועדי עזרא שכרו כדור פורח?

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    בר רפאלי ועדי עזרא משתמשים בכל הטריקים בספר כדי לאבטח את חתונתם מפני פולשים לא רצויים. אבל עד שחתונת השנה תתקיים בעוד פחות מחודש, טום ואוריאל ינחו, עמיר בניון ינסה לשרוד בלי בשר ומאור בוזגלו יפרד מ-1.6 מיליון ש"ח
  • מי המפורסמים שהגיעו להופעה של מריה קארי?

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    רגע לפני שעלתה הזמרת מריה קארי להופיע אמש מול אלפי המעריצים בפארק ראשון לציון, היא נפגשה מאחורי הקלעים עם רעיית ראש הממשלה, שגם צפתה בהופעה בהנאה גדולה
  • אורית פוקס ואמיר חצרוני מאחדים כוחות

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:21 am
    המטרה שלו: לעמת בשידור חי את אחינועם ניני ואריאל זילבר. המטרה שלה: לגרום לו להאזין למוזיקה מזרחית. פרופ' אמיר חצרוני ואורית פוקס עובדים על פורמט חדש של תוכנית אקטואליה, וכבר במגעים עם גוף שידור גדול, לדברם
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Palestinian Views on Israel: Two States Now, One State Later

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) David Pollock - Do most Palestinians hope for a small state of their own at peace with Israel, or do they still aspire to reclaim all of Palestine someday? According to a survey conducted by the Palestine Center for Public Opinion in the West Bank and Gaza from June 7 to 19, in the West Bank 81% of Palestinians say that all of historic Palestine "is Palestinian land and Jews have no rights to the land." In Gaza, the proportion is 88%. Only one-fourth of Palestinians in either the West Bank or Gaza expect Israel to "continue to exist as a Jewish…
  • Iran Promises to "Set Fire" to U.S. Interests

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Fars-Iran) Lt. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami on Thursday warned Israel and the U.S. that the Iranian Armed Forces will annihilate all their interests in case they take the slightest military move against Iran. "We monitor their acts day and night and will take every opportunity to set fire to all their economic and political interests if they do a wrong deed." In case of enemy action, Iran will "cut off our enemies' hands and fingers and will then send its dust into the air."
  • Video: Israel's Beauty Captured from Above

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Ynet News) Amit Kotler - Aerial photographer Nir Hoffman took to the air to capture Israel's beaches and other tourist destinations with a camera attached to his paraglider.
  • Video: Iranian Reconnaissance Plane Films American Aircraft Carrier

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (MEMRI) On Aug. 29, 2015, the Iranian Tasnim news agency posted a video of film and still photos of an American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz taken by a Revolutionary Guards naval plane during a reconnaissance mission. The carrier is filmed from high above and then from alongside. The American crew is seen looking straight at the camera as the plane passes by.
  • Young Israelis Volunteer in Poverty-Stricken Countries

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Ynet News) Itamar Eichner - A non-profit organization called Fighters For Life encourages Israeli soldiers who are completing army service and are about to embark on the traditional post-army trip to do volunteer work in poverty-stricken areas worldwide. So far some 7,000 young Israelis have signed up to volunteer. Even before leaving to go on their trip, the young Israelis volunteer with at-risk youth in Israel. Then, during the first two weeks of their trip, they volunteer in aid missions abroad. After that, they each go their own way.
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Monarch to start flying from the UK to Israel!

    12 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Especially for the Brits (yes, us included!), you’ll be delighted to know there’s another cheap alternative to flying to and from Israel – Monarch Airlines! Just announced are TWO new routes from London Luton Airport, starting from 3rd December 2015 and currently priced at just £89 per person! There will be flights to Tel Aviv on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, all year-round. And the additional route heads to Ovda, near Eilat, for those of you seeking some true sun and fun. Flights to Ovda are every Thursday over the winter months. For more details, see the Monarch…
  • Savoring the succulent summer meats of the Inbal Grill!

    9 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Every summer, the rather lovely Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem opens its restaurant, the Inbal Grill. Now under chef Nir Elkayam, we have to confess – the Inbal Grill looks like being a must-try place every summer! It only opens during the summer months (from early June til the end of September) but we were won over by the lovely open courtyard settings, which was quiet and cool enough on one of Jerusalem’s hottest ever days! The light, summer vibe was enhanced by a duo on the piano and saxophone, pumping out some chilled tunes; apparently the musical accompaniment changes every…
  • Mitzpe Ramon: the ULTIMATE guide to what to see and do in this amazing Negev desert gem!

    6 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    We knew that we’d discovered a gem of a stopover in the middle of the desert when we told our three small kids that we were returning home the next morning; their response, in a rare pact of togetherness, was a loud and resounding “Nooooo! We want to stay!”… Contrary to our own fantastic experience, Mitzpe Ramon is today still considered by many Israelis as a bit of a ghost town, as something of a pit-stop on the way to Eilat. Time for a toilet break and a quick look out across the majestic Makhtesh Ramon, or the Ramon Crater as it’s more commonly (and…
  • Summer 2015 at the Tower of David, Jerusalem!

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    We love visiting the Tower of David in Jerusalem, in our opinion, one of the most underrated and missed out on spots in the Holy City of Jerusalem! Every exhibition they have is a cracker, and their current one is no exception: Objective. Don’t miss the coolest table on the planet (here on the right), it really is quite stunning! And it’s also in the cool, AC-pumped exhibition hall, always good for a few minutes relief on a hot summer’s day! This summer there are a number of other great things to catch at the Tower, here’s a quick summary (please note that these events…
  • Kanye West set to rock Israel with a September concert!

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:07 am
    US rapper Kanye West has officially set it in stone – a September concert in Israel! According to local press, the deal is done, and Kanye – married to celeb extreme Kim Kardashian – will be performing at the Ramat Gan Stadium on September 30. Tickets are set to go on sale, starting at just 199 shekels. Call *2207 for details. West is known for some classic rap anthems – he is one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads; he has also bagged 21 Grammy Awards – and although he also appears to…
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    Life in Israel

  • Adon Haselichot (audio)

    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:24 pm
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  • RBS rental fleets taking up all free parking around shopping center

    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    One of the situations resolved by "fee parking" in Bet Shemesh has been the situation with the car rental companies. The car rental companies used to take up many spots in the parking lot of the shopping center of RBS A - and since paid parking went into effect, they have had to find alternate parking for their fleets so as not to incur high parking expenses.According to Shemeshnet, the car rental companies have moved their cars, and now park all along the Nahal Tzeelim street, just outside the Merkaz Mischari, leaving no spots available for residential parking. Residents are upset that the…
  • Shas once again perpetuates discrimination against Sefardim

    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    I've said before that Shas, by its very existence and the work it gets involved in, perpetuates racism and discrimination against Sefardim. If there were not any discrimination, Shas would cease to exist, so Shas benefits directly from such discrimination.An example of that, beyond the daily examples we have, is the current attempt to come to an agreement between the various religious parties to appoint new dayyanim to the beis din hagadol.As reported earlier, there was a tentative agreement to split the appointments three ways equally between Habayit Hayehudi, UTJ and Shas.As I pointed out,…
  • Watch: How Israeli Special Forces Protect Vital Natural Gas Rigs (video)

    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:55 am
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  • Intel inside? Israel inside! (video)

    Rafi G.
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 04-Sep-15: Mr. Human Rights Defender, a question if we may

    This Ongoing War
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:09 am
    A syndicated photo from October 2011, one of many depicting Nabi Saleh as the village celebrated the impending arrival of a beloved son, Nizar Tamimi. The caption describes him and the fiancee he had either never met or met just once, Ahlam Tamimi, laconically and inaccurately as "married while incarcerated". Hardly worth mentioning, in the eyes of the editors, that both are convicted, unrepentant murderers in the service of Palestinian Arab terrorist organizations [ Image Source: AFP/Getty]Bassem Tamimi who heads the business that stages clashes each Friday in Nabi Saleh ["17-Mar-13: A…
  • 03-Sep-15: Decades of UNRWA malfeasance and now a chance to shine a little light and bring change

    This Ongoing War
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:45 pm
    An UNRWA elementary school in Gaza City's Al-Shati campfor "refugees" in April 2014. The camp was established in 1948and today continues to be home for generations of people [Image Source]We just signed the petition calling for an official investigation into Chris Gunness' role at the unique Palestinian-Arabs-only UN "refugee" organization. We added this comment:Precious lives continue to be lost and ruined through the ongoing failure by international stakeholders to address UNRWA's chronic failures. Chris Gunness' overt prejudice and his distortion of UN values justify immediate…
  • 02-Sep-15: Lights, action, camera, bite: Scenes from a cognitive war

    This Ongoing War
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Iconic image: The Tamimi clan and last Friday's battle for Nabi Saleh [Image Source] Knowing where the father and husband is at this exact moment is the keyto understanding what actually happened A reader of this blog, Pam Bloom (@Telecombarbie on Twitter), has been on a personal odyssey for the past year. In a letter she sent us today, Pam, who lives in New York State where she is a regional manager in the software industry and who is Jewish, describes how she got to the point of feeling compelled to engage in some personal research on Israel and the challenges it…
  • 02-Sep-15: Plans of action and how Iran thinks like some Washington lobbyists do

    This Ongoing War
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:11 am
    Senator Mikulski looks on as President Obama signs an important documentthat is certainly not an agreement with Iran since that has not beensigned by anyone [Archive photo source]There are distinct whoops of triumph emanating from Washington today as Barbara Ann Mikulski, the senior Senator from Maryland, a member of the Democratic Party, steps forward to express support for the intentionally-unsigned pact ["29-Jul-15: Built not on trust but on... verification"] that the Islamic Republic of Iran entered into with the United States and some other countries a little over a month ago.The…
  • 01-Sep-15: Inbound rocket from Gaza announces new school year

    This Ongoing War
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Israeli schools go back this morning, which may be part of the reason for an inbound rocket alarm that sounded around 5:15 this morning (Tuesday) across southern Israel. For now, the thinking is that this one, like so many before it, was a Fell Short, doing damage to people or property on the Hamas side of the Gaza/Israel fence, but it's still early to know for sure. And if it does turn out to have crashed onto Gazan heads or farms or homes, it's highly unlikely we will be hearing details via anyone, least of all the terrorist regime that rules the area, of damage or pain.The Jerusalem Post…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Monastery Murder Mystery Tour - Sukkot, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    Israel ScaVentures and Tour Adumim present: Monastery Murder Mystery, coming Sukkot 2015. Come to the Judean Desert City of Maale Adumim where you will be a Christian Pilgrim from the Byzantine Period. Be welcomed by the abbot of the Monastery and learn the rules of monastic life. Help solve a murder mystery within the walls and rooms of the ancient ruins.   For information and reservations, 054-527-5404.  
  • Israel Inks Deal for One Billion Dollar Solar Power Plant

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Israel has signed a deal to build a multi-megawatt, thermo-solar power plant in the country’s southern Negev desert as part of a national goal to increase the use of renewable energy sources. The NIS 4 billion ($1.05 billion) deal for the 121-megawatt plant was announced by the Finance Ministry. A consortium of Israel's Shikun & Binui and Spain's Abengoa are to build the plant at Ashalim in the Negev, close to an existing solar plant. They hope to complete the project by 2018.   Read the full article at
  • Digital Imaging Reveals Oldest Biblical Text Since Dead Sea Scrolls

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls. US and Israeli researchers made the discovery using advanced medical and digital technology to examine the object, first unearthed 45 years ago when then-standard forensics could not decipher any script on the scroll. The scroll presented was uncovered in 1970 at Ein Gedi, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. For more…
  • New Road Opens to Bypass Road 90 Sinkholes Near Ein Gedi

    Sue Schoenfeld
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    As Israel's Dead Sea region prepares for an influx of tourists this summer, a new road has opened to bypass sinkholes in the Ein Gedi area. The two kilometer road, which runs parallel to Route 90 from the Ein Gedi youth hostel to the kibbutz's agricultural fields, is the result of a NIS 24 million, two-year project conducted by Netivei Israel-National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd. The bypass road is open in both directions, with travel limited to 50 kilometers per hour.
  • 15 Tips for the Best Dead Sea Vacation, Ever!

    Sue Schoenfeld
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Salty Tip #1 – Try not to shave…anything…for a day or so before dipping in the Dead Sea. The water is very salty and you WILL feel the burn! Tip #2 – Same goes for skin scrapes and cuts. While the salt water can actually speed up healing, the burning sensation is not a treat. Tip #3 – Don't believe the guidebooks. Fair skinned people CAN and DO get sunburned at the Dead Sea. What the guidebooks should say is that the atmospheric conditions are such that one can be out in the sun longer before getting burned. It's best to come prepared with a brimmed hat and a…
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    writings from Israel...

  • My grandmother, the Palestinian

    Forest Rain
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Dvora Marcia, my grandmother was a Palestinian. I have the documents to prove it. My grandmother – taken in Tel Aviv 1933 She went to school in Palestine. She grew up in Palestine. Got married, had two boys and worked with her (first) husband in Irgun Hashomer to protect Jewish land from being stolen by Bedouin. My grandmother worked as head secretary in the Israel Diamond Exchange and served as a liaison between members of Israel’s different underground resistance units, helping them pass messages between each other – all for one purpose… to free Palestine. From the river to…
  • Do not look away. Do not say you didn’t know.

    Forest Rain
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    These are people. Real people. Do not look away. Do not say you didn’t know. Today I posted this clip on my Facebook feed with my thoughts about this. Within minutes my post was deleted as was the source where I found it. I guess Facebook doesn’t think it’s nice to see that the Islamic State burns people alive. People shouldn’t see the horror. Many people seem to think that way. And it’s exactly that thinking that perpetuates the horror. It isn’t ‘nice’. It’s…
  • Not in my backyard (yet)

    Forest Rain
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    This could never happen where I live! Right? Wrong. There is absolutely nothing that differentiates between Rotherham and anywhere else in the western world. If this can happen there, it can happen in your neighborhood, to your children. The problem is the culture of the politically correct, of not being willing to call a spade a spade for fear of being labeled racist. By no means are all Muslims pedophiles or abusers however it is critically important to recognize that there is a centuries long culture that permits (if not encourages) the sexual abuse of very young girls, particularly those…
  • The cult of Trump

    Forest Rain
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    It amused me to listen to Donald Trump on “The Apprentice”. Sometimes listening to his rationale,his explanation of his choices was interesting. The current interest and supposedly growing Trump following is not at all amusing. Could a significant number ofAmericans actually be considering this man to be a good choice for office of the President of the United States of America?!  I long for the day people will be judged, not by the color of their skin, or the size of their wallet or by the volume they shout at but by the content of their character. There seem to be a group of…
  • Asking for forgiveness – what everyone can learn from Jewish tradition

    Forest Rain
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:40 am
    How many of the people you know find it difficult to apologize, to ask for forgiveness? How many people find it difficult to admit, even to themselves, that they have done something wrong? Jewish tradition puts forgiveness and asking for forgiveness very high on the scale of importance. Selichot prayers are a ritual of admitting to God that we have sinned and asking for God’s mercy. This ritual is a way to make each individual internalize that no matter what they did, how they behaved in the previous year, in the next year they can do better. Admitting, giving voice to the idea of having…
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