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  • English - Hebrew Civil Defense Vocabulary

    Good News from Israel
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew "Civil Defense" vocabulary study sheets. The address an index of all 294 English Hebrew study sheets forward this message to anyone that may be interestedin learning Hebrew. Thank you!Have a good night and stay safe.Jacob
  • US Weapons Resupply - Also to be Grounded?

    Arutz Sheva Op-Eds
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    In the coming days, Israel will likely need a massive re-supply of military goods of all kinds. It is then when Obama’s real intentions will be exposed for Israel to see.
  • Thousands of New Yorkers protest against Israel's operation in Gaza headlines RSS
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Waving Palestinian flags and signs condemning Israel for the offensive, many called for an end to U.S. aid.
  • Hot chip: The best fries in Tel Aviv headlines RSS
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Belgium and France have long battled to claim credit for the invention of French fries. While they duke it out, the rest of the world just enjoys eating them.
  • Operation Protective Edge: The IDF's fallen

    Defense and Diplomacy RSS
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Among the fallen include a lone soldier from the United States and a major who leaves a wife currently eight months pregnant.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    (JTA) — An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request there was denied has been sentenced to two years in prison. Amram Ivri, 43, was sent to jail and made to pay $14,080 in fines and legal fees Friday for actions he committed last month, the news site reported. The Stockholm District Court also handed a deportation order banning him from, re-entering Sweden until 2024 after his release. On June 19, Ivri holed up at a local nonprofit working with refugees and threatened to blow himself up with explosives because Sweden’s…
  • Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

    Ron Kampeas
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal. “We are not announcing that it has been achieved tonight,” Kerry said in Cairo on Friday night. “The world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when both sides are going to come to their senses.” Kerry said he wanted a seven-day humanitarian cease-fire during which the sides would discuss “fundamental” issues that could extend the truce, according to a BBC reporter covering the press conference, but did not add details. Israeli media had earlier…
  • Police to probe Arab-Israeli lawmaker Zoabi for alleged incitement

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general instructed police to launch a criminal investigation into the actions of an Israeli Arab lawmaker who allegedly incited others to violence and insulted two police officers. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein gave the order Thursday, the website reported, in connection with the alleged actions of Knesset member Hanin Zoabi of the Balad party. At least one police officer said Zoabi used offensive language against him on July 6. An officer of the Nazareth police department said that Zoabi approached him and another officer at the Nazareth…
  • Army declares Oron Shaul dead in Gaza fighting

    Ron Kampeas
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    (JTA) — The Israeli army declared dead a soldier who until now had been missing in action. Sgt. Oron Shaul was declared dead on Friday, the army spokesman said in a statement, by a special committee led by the military’s chief rabbi, Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz. The statement did not say what led to the conclusion, but declared that Shaul would be deemed “a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown.” Hamas had previously intimated that it had taken Shaul prisoner during its war with Israel in the Gaza Strip, which started July 8. Shaul was first reported missing in the days…
  • Dutch Jews seek ban on rallies featuring hate speech

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    (JTA) — Following repeated calls to kill Jews in protest rallies in The Hague, representatives of the Dutch Jewish community urged local authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic incitement. The appeal by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, came Friday following two demonstrations in The Hague this month in which protesters made menacing statements about Jews. “The Hague is known internationally as a city of peace and law,” CIDI wrote in the statement. “It is unfathomable that this could happen in this city.” The statement was in reference to a…
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    Israel News

  • Thousands take to N.Y. streets to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    One World Trade Center is seen in the background during a protest march demanding an end to the recent Israeli-Palestinian violence through Lower Manhattan, New York, July 24, 2014.
  • Gipsies who landed a grandmother with a criminal record after...

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    'We just want the truth': Father of Abigail Hernandez's boyfriend demands answers over where teenager was for nine months and reveals the moment she could have been spared her ordeal Israel rejects ceasefire: Gaza death toll passes 840 as Palestinians launch 'Day of Rage' that leads to fierce gun battles on streets of Jerusalem and the West Bank ... (more)
  • Israel May 'Broaden' Assault As Truce Stalls

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Israel is preparing to "broaden" its ground assault on Gaza after reportedly rejecting an international plan for a temporary truce.
  • Clinton blames Putin in MH17 shootdown

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin bears at least some responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.
  • Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • A letter to a friend in Gaza

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Op-ed: Our demand to demilitarize the Strip is not only for Israelis; it's also for you, Fathi. We prefer to have happy neighbors rather than suffering neighbors. We want to be partners, not enemies.
  • Terror tunnels, embargoes and human rights

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Op-ed: Hundreds of rockets fired into Israel and discovery of dozens of underground Gaza tunnels have completely undercut NGOs' narrative, yet they continue to ignore these inconvenient facts.
  • Removing tunnel threat not a matter of days

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Analysis: IDF commanders returning from Gaza's underground front believe it could take forces two more weeks to complete their mission.
  • The return of the axis of evil

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Analysis: After Syrian civil war created rift between Hamas, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, Gaza conflict may be bringing them all back together.
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  • One Direction’s Harry Styles: Pro-Israel?

    Aussie Dave
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    I have blogged about One Direction Singer Harry Styles’ philosemitic proclivities in the past. And now there are indication he may be pro Israel as well. While he seems to have steered clear of the current conflict, he is being accused of being a lover of Zion. From a Tumblr post a few weeks ago: I tweeted about it this morning and now it has sparked a huge debate on Twitter. First of all, it’s sad that it takes a boy band member doing something to get people to realize the injustices that are going around in the world. That being said, a lot of people don’t understand the…
  • What Sick Dick Finds To Be Sick

    Aussie Dave
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    With Hamas firing rockets at populated Israeli cities to inflict maximum civilian casualties, while hiding behind Gazan civilians, and using kids as combatants, DouchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein has finally found something sick in this conflict. Israeli women posting racy photos to boost morale. Except he lies about too. Israeli women have added a new bizarre twist to Operation Protective Edge.  They’ve pledged their bodies in explicit photos published on Facebook to the soldiers fighting on behalf…
  • Video: Big Bowl Of Nutty Anti-Israel Protesters

    Aussie Dave
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Warning: This is hilarious. Yet sad.
  • Dermer Tight As CNN Interview Guest

    Aussie Dave
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    This is how it’s done.
  • Deaths In Beit Hanoun: Hamas Crime And UNRWA Cover-Up?

    Aussie Dave
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Reuters (Amir Cohen) As you have all probably already read, 16 have reportedly died at a UN school-cum-shelter. And although at one stage, there were hints it may have been from a Hamas rocket, the consensus now seems to be it was from an Israeli shell. The IDF claimed it told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the area, but Hamas prevented this from happening. In recent days, Hamas has fired rockets from an area of Beit Hanoun where an UNRWA shelter is located. Last night, the Israel Defense Forces told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from UNRWA’s shelter in Beit Hanoun between…
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  • Israeli children murdered, media covers for Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me. You’d think I’d be used to this by now, and yet, no.The McClatchy article is particularly heinous. Gee, the poor Palestinian terrorists. They go and kidnap three teenagers, and they might have to suffer for it.The bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing for more than two weeks in the West Bank were found Monday, setting off a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.The discovery raised immediate fears of retaliation by Jewish settlers and a tough response by the Israeli military. The Israeli security cabinet was called into urgent session to discuss…
  • Darkness Ascendant on sale now

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 am
    Book two is available in Kindle edition and paperback at my CreateSpace store. There’s no Prime shipping from my e-store. The Amazon trade paperback takes a while longer to get on sale. Here’s where you can buy book two for now. I’ll update when the paperback is available on Amazon.The Amazon paperback version: Darkness Ascendant: Book Two of The Catmage Chronicles (Volume 2)Darkness Ascendant – trade paperback at CreateSpace storeDarkness Ascendant on KindleDarkness Ascendant – Nook version
  • Putting the heat on Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Israel is ratcheting up the pressure on Hamas to release the three kidnapped teenagers. It’s definitely getting to Mahmoud Abbas, who lashed out at Hamas.Meantime, Israel is clamping down on Hamas prisoners’ amenties. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said that Hamas must understand that kidnapping doesn’t pay. 51 Hamas prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal were re-arrested and will be imprisoned.Reuters is noticing the clampdown, but of course, it must insert weasel words questioning anything the IDF does.Israel showed photographs of what it said were hundreds…
  • Rounding up Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    The IDF has arrested nearly every Hamas leader in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, besides mocking Israel by saying that Israel alone is responsible for security in the area where the teens were kidnapped, changed their World Cup logo to one celebrating the kidnapping. And Palestinians, of course, gave out sweets and urged Hamas to kidnap more Israelis.Israel is targeting terrorists in Gaza because they’re using the current crisis to lob more rockets at southern Israel.Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mahmoud Abbas, telling him he expects his help in bringing back the kidnapped…
  • New Palestinian government kidnaps 3 Israeli teens

    Meryl Yourish
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    The IDF has positively identified Hamas as the terror group behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, one of whom is an American citizen. Not that being a U.S. citizen matters. U.S. citizens have been murdered in terrorist attacks and the government still sends money to the Palestinian Authority, which then transfers U.S. tax dollars to terror groups that also murder U.S. citizens. Our government has always turned a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism since Yasser Arafat gave them the fiction of saying–in English–that he wants peace while, in Arabic, talking about the end…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Crazy Two Weeks

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Well, we’re at war. As has been the case over the last few years, this blog hasn’t been my primary place to post. Times are tough in Israel with at least twenty-nine Israeli soldiers having lost their lives over the last few days in Operation Protective Edge. While to most of my loved ones abroad, I am “on the front lines here”, I feel a world away from what’s happening in the Western Negev and in Gaza. Life in Tel Aviv continues fairly normally (thank G-d for the Iron Dome and for the IDF for allowing us to live our lives). I am lucky that I can continue to go…
  • It’s Not Always About Them. It’s About Who We Want to Be.

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    This is about as political as I’m ever going to express myself publicly but I feel like I have to say a few things.  I often try to not take a stand as to not turn someone off from everything I do comedically but my conscience is clear here.  I believe there is nothing right-wing or left-wing about trying to hold ourselves to a high moral standard.  If I strive to be a mensch and be the best human being I can be, I only wish the same for my fellow countrymen and my country itself.  If someone disagrees, well, I guess I can live with it. This morning, I saw the following Tweet from…
  • The Joy and Pain of Loving Israel

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:23 am
    My latest from the Times in Israel…. Thursday evening, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped. You’ve heard the details by now. You know the days when you don’t want to go to work? In a cubicle, at least you can fake it for 8 hours. Last night, I took the stage at the Off the Wall Comedy Basement in Jerusalem and was in no mood to try to make people laugh. What to do? Since I first fell for Israel sometime in high school, this torrid love affair has been an emotional roller-coaster with more highs and lows than any human relationship should ever experience. Here are just a few…
  • Here Come the Stones!

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 50 years into their historic career, the Rolling Stones are in Israel and preparing for their concert tomorrow night in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon! Without further ado… latest piece in the Times of Israel…. In a much anticipated move designed to curry favor with the Israeli middle class, Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced on Tuesday sweeping economic reforms that will allow citizens to afford Rolling Stones tickets. Lapid said, “I was elected on the platform of “Yesh Atid”, that there is a future, and I still believe that this is true. Except for Keith…
  • EXCLUSIVE: JT’s Special Setlist for Israel!

    26 May 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Goodbye, Pope.  Hello, JT! After much anticipatzia, Justin Timberlake will be performing in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon tomorrow night and this just in:  through my connections to President Shimon Peres, Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, the Shas party, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the entire cast of “The Love Boat”, I managed to get an exclusive copy of his setlist. Chutzpa Love Girl Rock Rega Your Body FutureArs/DoucheSounds Like I Love You (and Her and That Other Girl I Met at Ha’uman 17) My Lod Summer Love and Unbearable Humidity Mirrorim Until the End of 443 Cry…
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    This Normal Life

  • Why’d You Want to Live Here, Anyway?

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    An article a few weeks ago in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz questioned why someone would ever want to make aliyah from a comfortable country like the U.S. Especially these days – with the murders of the Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shear and Eyal Shach still on our minds, the revenge killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khaider stinging at our collective conscious, followed by hundreds of Hamas missiles from Gaza and the thunderous response of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – why, asked writer Vered Kellner, would a family pick up and leave friends and family, “a renovated…
  • A Prayer Skeptic Confronts Facebook

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    A rabbi friend of mine had major surgery last month. Thankfully, he made it through OK and has now begun a long recovery process. Before, during and after the surgery, my Facebook Wall was flooded with posts asking me to pray for my friend. Impromptu minyans were formed online as well as at his congregation in St. Louis. Individual prayer was requested…the tone was concerned yet strident. The message seemed to be: if enough of us pray long and hard enough, my friend would be assured a successful return. The same approach was prevalent throughout the tragic ordeal Israel has just gone…
  • Embracing the Third Culture

    13 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Ever since we moved to Israel 20 years ago, I’ve always felt like I don’t quite fit in anywhere. I’ll never be truly Israeli, since I didn’t grow up with all the pop culture references someone born in the country knows intuitively. And I’m not fully American anymore either, since I haven’t resided in the U.S. for more than a month at a time for nearly two decades. Now, it turns out, there’s a term to describe me: I’m what’s known as a TCI – a “third culture individual.” The expression isn’t new. It was first coined by researchers in the 1950s to describe the children…
  • Cultivating Local Indie Acts at Jacob’s Ladder Music Festival

    26 May 2014 | 4:13 am
    The Jacob’s Ladder music festival, held twice a year at the Nof Ginosar kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and which just concluded its spring session this past weekend, has been quietly transforming itself from a groovy environment in which to hear interesting and enjoyable music into a growing platform that cultivates and helps launch local indie acts. At the most recent Jacob’s Ladder, three bands that played smaller halls over the last few years, with seating for just tens and hundreds, made it to the main stage, where they could now be discovered by thousands. And one musician, who…
  • How I Met Ehud Olmert

    13 May 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I was nearing the end of an interview with an Israeli business executive for an article I was working on when there was a surprise guest at the door: Ehud Olmert. This was after the point when Olmert, one of Israel’s most veteran politicians, a former prime minister and mayor of Jerusalem, was convicted on bribery charges connected to the Holyland development project, but before today’s sentencing of the once world leader to six years in prison. Now, I have never met a prime minister, nor for that matter have I ever met someone who’s been (or is going) to jail, so I wasn’t…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Will ISIS Create an Artificial Drought in Iraq?

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has seized Iraq's second city, Mosul; Kurdish forces have taken the Mosul Dam. These new developments raise the question whether the ISIS extremists will purposefully deny water to the Christians and Shi'a of Iraq?
  • Forty Years after the Invasion of Cyprus

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Today marks the gloomy 40th anniversary of the day that Turkish troops overpowered the tiny, almost undefended island of Cyprus in a brutal exercise of military might whose immorality only intensifies with the passing decades. Some thoughts in honor of
  • Are Millions Worldwide Protesting Israeli Actions?

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    RT, the Russian government's news network – and successor to the Soviet-era Pravda – published an article under the extreme, attention-seeking headline, "'In our millions, we're all Palestinian': Wave of protests worldwide demand end to Gaza slaughter."
  • Don't Put Terrorists on Trial

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    The Obama administration has brought an accused Libyan terrorist named Ahmed Abu Khattala to Washington for trial. His saga reveals how the government views the Islamist threat, and it's discouraging. Fortunately, a much better alternative exists. Abu
  • Muslims Turn away from Islamism

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has the means to sample opinion with unique frequency and on a major scale. It has used its funds to track Muslim attitudes toward Islamism in general, toward specific terrorist groups
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    Good News from Israel

  • Welcome Home to the New Olim (and photos)

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 238 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, July 22). During these difficult days, may this aliyah give hope, strength and optimism to the entire Jewish nation.I took 168 photos of this historic event and I posted them online also posted the 168 photos on Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is: you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the…
  • English - Hebrew Civil Defense Vocabulary

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew "Civil Defense" vocabulary study sheets. The address an index of all 294 English Hebrew study sheets forward this message to anyone that may be interestedin learning Hebrew. Thank you!Have a good night and stay safe.Jacob
  • Videos of the Fountainheads performing at the Salute to Olim Festival

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Hi Everyone!The end of August is my 30th anniversary in Israel.For the past 30 years, I find it amazing how the country switcheswithin 24 hours from one of the saddest days of the year,Yom Ha'zikaron, to one of the happiest days of the year, Yom Ha'aztmaut.This week the whole country mourned its three sons and we areworried about our brothers and sisters who are in bomb shelters in Sderot. A very hard week.Today, a large group in Jerusalem made the "switch" to enjoythe Salute to Olim Festival.Kol Hakavod to the organizers. It was very nice!I took photos and posted them online…
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Amphibians in Israel

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2014.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Pioneering Women- Sara Levi-Tanai- Esther Raab- Palmer Gate, Haifa- Israel-Thailand - 60 Years of Friendship - Joint Issue Amphibians in Israel- Southern Branded Newt - Ommatotriton vittatus- Hula Painted Frog - Latonia nigriventer- Eastern Spadefoot Toad - Pelobates syriacus- Near Eastern Fire Salamander - Salamandra infraimmaculataThe new stamp images are located at:…
  • Google Doodle - 60th Birthday of Ilan Ramon z"l

    19 Jun 2014 | 5:11 pm his memory be for a blessing.Shabbat Shalom,Jacob
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    The Muqata

  • An IDF soldier's letter from the front.

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:28 am
    From a Solider at the Front. Original in Hebrew....translated into English with a few comments from me. Having been down there a few times, I can personally vouch for the accuracy of this letter. On a personal note, before going down South last night for a pizza delivery to IDF soldiers, my daughter gave me a stack of letters and pictures from children in our community to distribute to the delivery. After giving the soldiers 60 pies, I said, "Wait, I have to give you the letters from the kids..." A soldier stopped everything and said -- "THOSE are the most important...much more than the…
  • Don't Lose the Psychological Warfare battle to Hamas.

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    The current Israel-Hamas war is being fought on many battlefields.  Our IDF soldiers are bravely fighting in and around, under and over Gaza by land, sea and air.There is also another battle going on -- and you readers are all participants.  Its the psychological warfare battle being waged by Hamas and their allies around the globe, against us.People are posting everywhere a Hamas released photo of an "alleged" kidnapping of an IDF soldier. People see this, decide it's fact, and then get deeper into depression. Hamas is playing with you.  This is a photo they have posted and is…
  • The Muqata -- Israel at War. Live blogging on Facebook and Twitter

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    During the past month, the Muqata staff has ramped up the live blogging effort from Israel and is live blogging and providing commentary on the ongoing war from Gaza.Till we start adding the live blogging feed to this blogspot account, you can follow us can be reached by email at muqata@gmail.comHoping for quieter days...Jameel @ The MuqataIn the Rolling Hills of the Shomron.Follow the Muqata on Twitter.Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael
  • The Kidnapped Jewish Teenagers

    14 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I will be posting updates about the search and rescue operation for our teenagers on the the Muqata Facebook page.  I simply do not have energy or time to keep the blog and the FB page updated in sync.Follow the Muqata on Twitter.Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael
  • The Moral Midgets who Voted Against the "Don't ever free the terrorist" law

    8 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    A historic law was passed today by Israel's government, allowing it to proceed to the Knesset for ratification.The law would allow at sentencing for the court to specifically prohibit the release of the terrorist...for life.No Presidential pardon, no goodwill gestures to Fatah or Hamas in honor of Ramadan, and no pressure from the United States will allow for the terrorist to be released, ever.The importance of this law is crucial from the perspective of justice, ethics and morality.Following are the immoral pond scum of the Israeli Government who voted against the law:Tzipi Livni…
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    Green Prophet

  • Rooms rotate with the push of a button in this extraordinary Iranian house

    Tafline Laylin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Iranian architecture has evolved over the years – like everywhere – and the new generation of designers are producing truly impressive work. Take the extraordinary Sharifi House by next office. In order to maximize space, flexibility and daylight, the design team inserted semi-mobile rooms that rotate with the push of a button. The Sharifi House in Tehran adapts to various climatic conditions with semi-mobile units on the first and third floors that rotate with the push of the button. Opening the units allows for more space, more light, and creates terraces that open to the…
  • Plastic for kibble – vending machines for stray animals in Istanbul

    Tafline Laylin
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    There are roughly 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul alone, and with so many other problems to deal with, city officials aren’t likely to make them priority. One Turksih company came up with a brilliant solution to feed some animals and recycle plastic at the same time. Pugedon approached the city with an idea to install vending machines throughout Instanbul. Placed mostly in city parks and other areas where a lot of people congregate, the machines are receptacles for used plastic bottles, and have a bonus flap at the end where dishes of water and kibble are placed. Every…
  • Solar panels and saving money at home

    Green Prophet
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    How would you like to save money by no longer paying electric bills? There are several ways in which this can be accomplished. The first option is to go completely off the grid, and choose not to use electricity of any kind. This may not be suitable for the average person and will definitely not be comfortable, even for the extremist. The next option is live very frugally and save energy in every way possible by limiting the amount of time in the home with the lights on, unplugging appliances, and even lowering the heat settings. Again, this is not a comfortable option. This option also does…
  • Demand safe work conditions in the Middle East where laws may be lacking

    Green Prophet
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Some workplace environments are naturally going to be considered more dangerous than others, meaning that someone working in an industrial or agricultural occupation is likely to be more exposed to dangerous working conditions than a person working in an administrative role in an office. Regardless of the obvious risks associated with perhaps a blue-collar worker in a working in a chemical plant compared to a white-collared counterpart who is based in an office, there are strict rules and regulations that have to be adhered to in order to protect the safety of workers everywhere. If you run a…
  • Green tourism the “next big thing” in Middle East

    Karin Kloosterman
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    An exciting tourism project is set to promise a bright economic future for Saudi Arabia. Saudi native Aziza Turkistani has created her own green tours in order to tempt tourists back into the region after disappointing visitor figures in June. She has been licensed to operate tours in Makkah, Jeddah and Taif for eight years, and would also like to provide transportation for pilgrims to Makkah, while attracting Saudi and GCC women to the tours. The move is an important one for Saudi natives, who consider tourism to be a “woman-friendly” industry as there are no religious restrictions that…
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • Why our Internet Marketing Clients Leave Us

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Many of our Internet marketing clients have been with us  for many  years. We are very happy about that. It shows that we are continually improving and increasing their sales and leads.  We know  that everyone has choices and they would leave us if they weren’t convinced that we are doing the best job possible. What is particularly gratifying is  that in the last few months,  4 former clients returned to work with us. Some decided to do their Internet marketing in-house and found that it is more effective to work with us. Others tried different vendors. But they all came back to work…
  • Asia Conference and Internet Marketing

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    27 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    When marketing to the Far East the language barrier is important to overcome however their knowing the culture is essential to moving to the next level. This is especially important when devising link bait and engaging in social media. The University of Haifa’s Asia conference gave us a lot of new link bait ideas. The lectures I attended on Korea and Japan were especially interesting. Watching a Japanese Anime Movie at the University of Haifa Asia Conference Attending conferences which focus on different cultures are good for generating out of the box Internet marketing strategies.
  • Naver (Korean Search Engine) Representative at Korean Business Conference

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    21 May 2014 | 12:03 am
    Israel is turning East to Korea, Japan, China and India. Our central location, multi-lingual, multi-cultural DNA combined with our creativity has enabled this fast turnaround (pun intended). Many Israeli hi tech companies have already successfully penetrated these markets. In fact I sat next to someone who was selling well in Korea as well as other Asian countries. Many of these companies are using the tradition distributor channel. Korean Business Conference in Tel Aviv Israeli companies that want to leverage Internet marketing in Korea need to use the Korean search engine Naver. I met the…
  • B2B Marketing Conference

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    I recently attended the MC Forum B2B Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was held at East which was really great, since it was a beautiful day. I also met a couple of clients there which was nice.  The best speaker was Udi from who spoke about email marketing. B2B Conference had many interesting speakers One speaker spoke about improving conversion rates. This can be problematical for B2B companies. As a general metric, conversion rates can be misleading and lead to taking the wrong actions.  Many B2B companies compete on keywords that end consumers search on. Therefore the company…
  • Google is Improving Ad Revenue in South Korea

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Google’s display ad revenues have increased significantly in Korea as reported by the beSUCCESS website. However their share of the search market remains small. It is easy to add Korean ads through Google as the interface is in English and everything is familiar. However to reach a large Korean audience Naver is still the portal to use.  
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  • Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

    Levi Shapiro
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. The first television broadcast, a military parade, did not occur until 1968. In the mobile era, the iPhone arrived in 2009 (two years after the US), followed by the iPad in 2011 and the iTunes store in 2012. Today, 60 percent of Israeli adults carry a Smartphone, spurring 2x growth in mobile media consumption just in the last two years, to 93 minutes per day (Shiluv Millward Brown). In a survey released this week by Google and BCG, among the 11 countries…
  • Occupy the App Store!!

    Levi Shapiro
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:14 am
    Mobile applications are a lousy business. More than 60% of applications earn less than $500 per month. And the market is getting worse every day. By 2018, Gartner predicts that less than .01% of mobile applications will be financially successful. As developers grow increasingly desperate for monetization, Amazon (which runs its own app store in 200 countries) identified success factors of the Top 50 applications. Median revenue per app I. More Time = More Money Getting people to download the app is only the first step toward monetization. 62% of revenue occurs after the first 7 days and 35%…
  • Getting Serious: The next billion-dollar market in games

    Eze Vidra
    29 May 2014 | 6:44 am
    Guest post by Sagi Shorrer* We’re seeing a revolution in the use of games for purposes beyond mere entertainment. Serious games, as they are known, are on the rise. The idea is simple: the best way to get people to do something is to make it fun. ‘Edutainment’, a seventies buzzword for educational entertainment, is nothing new. But games as a medium offer something no book or television could: interactivity. Books can give you information. Games can give you information, test your recall, help you practice a skill, give you feedback on how well you’re progressing, and much…
  • ProductHunting

    Eze Vidra
    28 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    When I was a product manager at Gerson Lehrman Group, and AOL, I developed an addiction to trying out new products as soon as (or before) they hit the market. This got me the nickname ‘Beta W**re’ (I personally prefer ‘Beta addict’) by some of my colleagues. Behind the fascination of playing with a new toy for the first time, there was an element of research: How did the PM think about onboarding a new user? what fonts and interactions do they use? What happens after you sign up? usernames or real names? There are a lot of decisions to make when launching a…
  • Want Your Startup To Appear in TechCrunch? Lean Marketing Hacks for Startups

    Levi Shapiro
    13 May 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Just back from a week of beer, black wardrobes and David Hoselhoff ads- yes, it was Web Week in Berlin. Again and again (after a few drinks, of course) my European friends confided the same perception about Israeli startups: wonderful technologies, horrendous marketing. Danish entrepreneur and Skype funder Morten Lund said it best “any cabdriver in LA is better at marketing (than Israeli founders). Before you reach the restaurant, they have sold you their screenplay and yoga lessons”. Israeli startups interested in more effective “lean marketing”, should learn from Ben Lang, the 20…
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  • Iwo jima and Gaza

    MIchael Eisenberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Over the weekend, as my thoughts drifted to our Israeli soldiers (and my future son-in-law) surgically striking Hamas Terrorists and tunnels in Gaza, I thought a lot about my grandfather. Specifically, about a conversation I had with my grandfather when I was a teenager. My grandfather, Poppy, “Sonny” Eisenberg, was an officer on the USS Ashland in World War II. He saw a lot of action in the Pacific from Iwo jima in Japan to Red Beach in the Phillipines. He was away from his wife and newly-born daughter for two-and-a-half years, fighting the Japanese and others throughout the…
  • My Heart is Broken. My Spirit Soars.

    MIchael Eisenberg
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Israel is an amazing country. It swings from highs to lows faster than a seesaw and from despair to hope in the same minute. Yesterday, during the chuppa of my cousin’s wedding, I received notice that our 3 teenage captives were definitely dead. Their unique Godly, cherub-like human spirit, murdered by savage, inhuman, death-loving Hamas terrorists. We then danced our hearts out with the newly married couple, celebrating the creation of a new family in Israel. On the way home, we shed a tear for the boys and their families. Then I went to Kikar Zion (Zion square) until after 2am, where…
  • The Death of the Nation State. The Rise of the Sectarian State!

    MIchael Eisenberg
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:33 pm
    We are living through the death of the Nation State. That nation state is dying because of the rise of tribal affiliation driven by increasing connectivity, reaction to oppression and to the growth of post-modernism.  However, we have not fully contemplated or comprehended how far this can go and what the consequences are. Mobile and internet technologies are actually accelerating this phenomenon as they allow cultural and religiously affiliated groups the communicate, share and inform each other access borders. It creates a treasure trove of ethnic heritage and information…
  • Israel Should Give/invest $500,000 To Young Engineers to Make Aliya

    MIchael Eisenberg
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:29 am
    Next week, the second Israel Tech Challenge will land in Israel. For the second time, Raphael Ouzan and team will bring the best and brightest computer Jewish computer science engineering students to Israel for a Birthright-style trip and hackathon to help our country. The last few years of innovation has proven Marc Andreesen’s now famous statement that “software is eating the world.” Industry after industry is being disrupted by innovative software, transferring value from traditional industries to geeks and computer scientists, disrupting industries from banking (Lending Club)…
  • חג השבועות מסמלת עד כמה התרחקה עולם התורה מהתורה

    MIchael Eisenberg
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:52 am
    כל ילד בבית ספר לומד שלחג השבועות 4 שמות: חג הקציר, חג השבועות, חג הביכורים וחג מתן תורה. כל ילד בגן לומד שבחג השבועות נשארים ערים כל הלילה כדי ללמוד תורה. ילד שמגיע לבית הכנסת רואה את בית הכנסת מכוסה בדשאים ופרחים כי ככה היה נראה הר סיני, המקום שבו ניתנה התורה. אלא שכל זה אינו פשוט כפי שהמורים מעבירים בבתי ספר ובחיידרים ובישיבות.
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  • Blinded By The Light Casualty Rate In Israel

    rav shmuel
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    I spoke to my son Eli at the Gaza border earlier today. He told me that a number of the Israeli deaths have come about by civilians either directly attacking soldiers or distracting them so that they could be targeted by snipers. Whether the civilians did this willingly or under duress he did not know, […]
  • All I Learned About Peace Deals I Learned at Jewish Summer Camp

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a way to halt the fighting and killing in Israel and Gaza. It is a two-stage plan that would begin with a week-long cease fire to begin Sunday, right before the end of Ramadan, so that it coincides with Eid al-Fitr. The second stage would be the […]
  • SOSOTUS John Kerry attends Lone Soldier Shiva

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended the shiva for Max Steinberg today. Steinberg, 24, was a native of Los Angeles, Encino, and Woodland Hills, CA, who, after a 2012 Birthright Israel trip, left Pierce College, moved to Israel, studied Hebrew, and joined the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Steinberg was killed with his fellow soldiers in […]
  • Maybe Soda Stream Needs a Harvard B School Case Study

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Earlier this year, Harvard Business Review profiled Soda Stream and its decision to advertise during the Superbowl and its strategic decisions to leverage the ad’s rejection and the fallout. It titled the story “Turning a banned ad into marketing gold.” I am wondering whether it is time for the firm’s managers to read a Harvard […]
  • Jon Stewart Tries to Talk About Israel

    wendy in furs
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    In a week that saw Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show speak harsh words about Israel’s current operation in Gaza, many expressed opinions about Stewart that were equally harsh. Even Hillary Clinton, who appeared on the show, felt compelled to skool Stewart on the situation. Others were less politic, accusing Stewart of being […]
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  • 8 Qualities Employers Want Most in Employees

    Jacob Share
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    How do you stack up? This is a guest post by Bud Bilanich. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. A while back, I saw a survey that fit the bill. It listed the eight qualities employers most want in their employees. It makes for some interesting career success reading. When I checked out the eight qualities, I saw that they correspond to some of the advice in my career success book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less. Here are the eight qualities, and the career advice I offer in Success…
  • The Secret to Boosting Your Reputation Online

    Jacob Share
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    How to spin your online presence for best results. This is a guest post by Tony Deblauwe. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. The continuous expansion of technology has provided a wealth of tools to assist in job search. For all the capabilities job seekers now possess to discover who is hiring and what companies are thumbs up or down in terms of environment and management, the flip side of progress is the information available to companies about individuals. Innocent comments, blogs, photos, or job history have been consumed by web archiving…
  • The Jobseeker Mindset: It’s All About Hustle

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just do it. This is a guest post by Steve P. Brady. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Looking for work is, well, hard work. This is especially true if you are currently unemployed or fresh out of school. The lack of a paycheck makes everything more stressful. The whole process can be daunting. You need to target your resume, keep your LinkedIn profile updated, network, apply for jobs, practice interviewing, apply some more and on it goes. After a few weeks, it is easy to develop a pretty poor attitude about the whole job hunt. But…
  • Last Call For #8jgbc Submissions

    Jacob Share
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Monday July 21st is the final submission deadline for this summer’s contest. Very specifically, end-of-day Monday (or midnight Tuesday for the sticklers) Pacific Daylight Savings time is the deadline after which submissions will be closed. Check here for the deadline in your local time (will open in a new tab/window) As of Sunday afternoon, there were still 10 open spots remaining in the contest, down from the initial 25. And I know of at least a few people who are busy trying to claim one of those spots before it’s too late. The clock is ticking. Over $11,000 in prizes is up for…
  • 40 Most Popular Google+ Communities for Job Search

    Jacob Share
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Nonplussed by the hype? Use Google+ plus these top communities on your job search. I couldn’t resist. Seriously though, if you hang out on Google+ – not Google Hangouts – looking for job search talk, these are where you need to be. Here are the largest Google+ communities for job seekers, appearing in increasing order by size: 40. Jobs in Japan (186 members) 39. Career Counseling Portal – Pakistan (209 members) 38. Careers & Working in Social Media by (200 members) 37. Career by Phil Rosenberg (203 members) 36. Jobs in Building Materials…
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  • Miracles All Around

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    As I write on Thursday afternoon [July 17] more than 1300 Hamas rockets have been fired at Israel without causing a single fatality. (An Israeli volunteer assisting troops in the South was killed by mortar fire from the Gaza Strip.) Of course, many of us remember miracles of an even greater magnitude during the first Gulf War when 39 Iraqi Scud missiles – with vastly larger payloads than the Hamas rockets – hit Israel. Yehuda Barkan, at that time one of Israel’s most popular screen stars, had, like Yisro, an “ear” to hear. Though he describes his life at that time as…
  • Glad Not to Be Prime Minister Netanyahu

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    I am convinced that Israel had no choice but to undertake a major ground operation into the Gaza Strip, and that the time has never been so propitious in terms of what can be achieved by such an operation. “Mowing the grass” for the third time in five and a half years is not sufficient, and will only result in a higher cost later. That said, I am relieved not to be the one charged with actually making that decision. In the natural order, a ground invasion of Gaza will certainly cost many Jewish lives, perhaps hundreds. Anyone who does not feel the weight of such a decision should…
  • An Inversion of Morality

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    From day one of its existence, the sole raison d’etre of the Hamas quasi-state in Gaza has been to kill Jews, the more the merrier. Since taking over the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas has siphoned off billions of dollars of foreign aid money to build a vast labyrinth of underground tunnels, whose only purpose is to hide rockets to be launched at Israel’s civilian population and to facilitate mass terror attacks in the form of cross border raids on kibbutzim, moshavim and towns close to the border. All the human energy of the Gaza Strip has gone into the digging of the tunnels, often…
  • What Max Did For Us

    Guest Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    by Asher Brander As of last Friday, no soldiers had fallen. Now we have 32 korbanos. Hashem Yerachem In a trip that started out for us with chasunos, we and the whole country are busy with shivas and levayas – even as one can not fail to acknowledge the revealed miracles of this war, B’chasdei Hashem. There are almost no words of machlokes to be heard. People are packing anything (energy bars, tissues and t-shirts) and everything to send to the soldiers. Tehillim is said across the spectrum. Chassidishe Rebbes are “holding tish” in Gaza. By now, most have heard the…
  • How Not To Deal With Allegations of Impropriety

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    by Shaya Karlinsky We have been witness to an increasing number of depressing revelations about Rabbis acting inappropriately towards women they have been counseling or educating. I have no intention of discussing any specific case. I would like to discuss a pattern that is all too common in these cases. In response to accusations of improper behavior by Rabbis with female students or congregants, lots of well-meaning people come to the defense of the accused. These people will vouch for his tremendous integrity, meticulous observance of all appropriate boundaries in every interaction they…
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  • The essential EoZ articles from the war so far

    Elder of Ziyon
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Here are the notable articles I have written since the current fighting began, with lots of information and scoops that the mainstream media have been reluctant to report.For anyone who donates over $180 to the blog over the next week, I'll send all of these articles formatted as an e-book (PDF). 7/8: WHAT REPORTERS NEED TO KNOW during Operation Protective Edge7/9: Will the State Department condemn Abbas for his own group's rocket fire?7/9: Who started the fighting? 7/10: A second Fatah terror group is now shooting rockets at Israelis7/10: Hamas engages in nuclear terrorism as media…
  • 07/25 Links Pt2: Joan Rivers Defends Israel In Epic Rant; Himmelman's Maximum Restraint; #TeamIsrael

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:Jewish rocker sings Israel supportLos Angeles-based Jewish rocker Peter Himmelman has released a new song in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas terror from Gaza. “Maximum Restraint” challenges claims Israel is responding disproportionately in the current conflict.According to Himmelman, people “sitting in Santa Monica sipping lattes” are in no place to judge Israel’s response to Hamas rockets.“It’s a disingenuous fantasy to think that Jews should just turn the other cheek. For Jews, turning the other cheek is a sin,” he says.Maximum Restraint…
  • Christians are being forced out of Bethlehem - by Muslims

    Elder of Ziyon
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You know how Israel haters love to claim that Israel's "occupation" is somehow targeting Christians and forcing them to leave Bethlehem, not explaining why Muslims keep moving into that town?From Standpoint:While Bethlehem remains the most populous Christian city in the West Bank, its Christian population, as in the West Bank generally, is shrinking dramatically. Only 50 years ago, Christians constituted 70 per cent of Bethlehem's population. Today they make up just 15 per cent. Christians number approximately 38,000 people in the West Bank, representing 2 per cent of the population. "We used…
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  • כיפת ברזל שוברת שיאים

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    היחידות של הלחימה: יעלון בילה בערב שבת עם לוחמי ההגנה האווירית
  • הוסכם: הפסקת אש הומניטרית של 12 שעות

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    ישראל וחמאס הסכימו לנצור את האש למשך 12 שעות החל מהשעה 08:00 בבוקר ועד ל-20:00 בערב. צה"ל ימשיך לפעול לנטרול מנהרות הטרור במהלך ההפוגה
  • צה"ל הודיע: נקבע מותו של סמ"ר אורון שאול

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    בית דין מיוחד שהוקם בצבא בראשות הרב הצבאי הראשי קבע כי החייל שנפגע באסון הנגמ"ש יוגדר כ"חלל שמקום קבורתו לא נודע". בני משפחתו קיבלו את הבשורה המרה מקצינים בכירים שהגיעו לביתם
  • עדיין לא רואים את הסוף: חמאס רחוק מלהיות מוכרע

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    למרות אבדות לא קלות, ארגון חמאס לא מרים דגל לבן ברצועת עזה. צה"ל בנוי להמשך הלחימה ואף עשוי להידרש לכך. הסיכוי לספק את דרישות הארגון הפסקת אש אפסי, ובנקודת זמן זו רגיעה תתפרש מבחינת ישראל כתיקו במקרה הטוב
  • נקבע מותו של החייל הנעדר

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    סמ"ר אורון שאול ז"ל, נהרג בתקרית הנגמ"ש שאירעה ברצועת עזה, בה מצאו את מותם שישה לוחמי גולני נוספים
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  • החמאס לא יעצור אותה: ראיון עם רינת בר

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    רוצה לנגן אך מפחדת שלא תשמע את האזעקות, מצטערת שלא התגייסה ומתפללת לשלום החיילים, רינת בר, פעם ילדת הפלא של הזמר הטורקי והיום כבר אמא בעצמה, בראיון על חרטות, הצלחה וייעוד, בין אזעקה ליירוט
  • נפלאות התבונה: על יצירתיות והפרעות נפשיות

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    הקשר ביניהם אינו טיעון חדש, אך ממצאים ראשונים של מחקר חדשני חושפים קשר מוכח בין יצירתיות והפרעות נפשיות. האשמה המרכזית: הגנטיקה
  • משתתפי "האח הגדול" – נרקיסיסטים מובהקים

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    פרופ' גידי רובינשטיין חקר את משתתפי האודישנים ל"האח הגדול". רגע לפני פרסום המחקר סיפר לנו מה גילה, מהי הסכנה הטמונה בהשתתפות בריאליטי ומה הוא חושב על פרשת הכדורים הפסיכיאטרים. אל תתפלאו למצוא תימוכין למה שכל הזמן חשבתם
  • "ערבים רוקדים": פתיחה ברגל שמאל

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    בסרטו של ערן ריקליס מובא המתח בין העולם הערבי לישראלי דרך סיפור אהבה של נער מתבגר. המצב הנוכחי יפגע ללא ספק בביצועיו של הסרט, על אף שהוא מייחס מספיק גזענות ושנאה לכולם. מתברר שהעולם לא שחור ולבן
  • בכורה: "הטיש הגדול" במחווה לתושבי הדרום

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    "שיר אחרי מלחמה" נכתב על ידי אריק איינשטיין ומובא כעת על ידי משה להב "הטיש הגדול" בתקווה לימים שקטים יותר. צפו בביצוע המיוחד מהופעות לתושביי עוטף עזה
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  • כיצד תעשיית הבידור מגיבה למבצע צוק איתן?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    הסלבס הצעירים מצייצים תמיכה פרו-פלשתינאית, צילומי סדרה חדשה בירושלים מופסקים והפרשנויות בנוגע למצב הבטחוני לא מפספסות את בית האח הגדול. הוליווד מגיבה לצוק איתן, טייק וואן
  • ריהאנה צייצה "תשוחרר פלסטין" - וחזרה בה

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    "תשוחרר פלסטין", צייצה ריהאנה בחשבון הטוויטר שלה ומיהרה למחוק את הציוץ בחלוף שמונה דקות. איך ולמה? היא פשוט לא שמה לב שהיא צייצה את זה, כנראה
  • שמח בביצה: בגידות, גירושים וקרובים רחוקים

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    לביונסה יש אחות סודית, ריאן גוסלינג מתרבה עם דוגמנית, פמלה אנדרסון מתגרשת (שוב) ומאמא אנג'לינה מתעמתת עם עבר אפל. סיכום רכילות שבועי מגיע עם בדיקת הריון ביתית
  • מיק ג'אגר אחראי על ההפסד של ברזיל לגרמניה?

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:55 pm
    אוהדי הנבחרת המארחת את המונדיאל מאשימים את סולן הרולינג סטונס בהפסד הצורם בחצי הגמר. הכינוי שדבק בו: "מביא המזל הרע הגדול בהיסטוריה"
  • סיכום רכילות שבועי: מי בגד במי?

    5 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    הביצה געשה בשבוע האחרון עם חדשות מהעולם הבא ועם הפרצוף של ולדימיר פוטין צמוד למפשעה. בראש החדשות – ביונסה רומזת שג'יי זי בגד בה. בתחתית – קים קרדשיאן בונה חדר כושר לישבן שלה. קבלו סיכום של כל מה שקרה השבוע בביצה, רגע לפני שישקע
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Hamas Human Shields Are to Blame, Not Israel

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (The Times-UK) Richard Kemp - Gaza is not Northern Ireland and Hamas is not the IRA. In Gaza the government are the terrorists. Hamas is a heavily armed militia, fighting from territory it controls. The IRA, for the most part, was more like a highly dangerous criminal gang that could be dealt with by soldiers acting as policemen. In 1943 Britain launched a 600-bomber raid to destroy the V1 rocket assembly shops in Peenemunde. The presence of civilians at the V1 sites was not a significant consideration for Britain, which had to stop the rockets at any cost: 732 innocent civilians died in the…
  • IDF Says UN Lying about Gaza Civilian Casualties

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Free Beacon) Adam Kredo - Israel says the UN aid agency UNRWA is falsely claiming that the Israel Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed Thursday. "For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general," said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and the International Red Cross leading up to the incident. "This morning we sought a cease-fire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused - because they…
  • For the Brave, Age Is No Barrier to Army Service

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Times of Israel) Debra Kamin - Maj. Amotz Greenberg, one of the first IDF soldiers to fall during Operation Protective Edge, did not have to be in combat. The married father of three - killed Saturday by Hamas gunmen who emerged from a tunnel - was 45, well past the age of mandatory reserve service in the IDF. But many choose, as Greenberg did, to continue to voluntarily serve. Y., 38, who was given an exemption when his infantry unit was disbanded, chose to join a new unit. "I'll continue to serve as long as I can physically handle it," he says. "It's a tremendous privilege. If you look at…
  • Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Defense News) Paul McLeary - In response to a recent Israeli request, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday asking for $225 million in additional U.S. funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to protect itself from rockets launched by Hamas militants in Gaza. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday in a statement that "the only thing that stands between Israel and a barrage of Hamas rockets is the Iron Dome.
  • "I Am Ashamed of Those Who Seek Out War Crimes of Israel"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (On the Left Side-Hebrew-24July2014-IMRA) Shlomo Gazit - At some point we simply did not have a choice, and we rightly gave the IDF command to enter [Gaza]. Once the war began - I became a different person. My people and my country are at war. All claims and criticisms I set aside until after the war. Today I stand absolutely in support of our fighting forces. I am ashamed of those who seek out war crimes of Israel in these circumstances. We are fighting an enemy attacking us with countless mortars and rockets, all of which - without exception - are aimed to kill us, the citizens of Israel.
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Update for tourists in Israel during the current tensions (July 2014)

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    As we mentioned previously, the situation is a little bit tense right now. It’s not that life has stopped and people are flocking for the exits, but obviously some people are worried. Read this if you want to know what it’s like for me personally… Here’s an official update from the Ministry of Tourism (July 23): Under the instructions of the Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, the Tourism Ministry is operating a situation room headed by Tourism Ministry Director-General Amir Halevi. The minister holds consultations with the Foreign Minister and the Transport Minister,…
  • Beach in Jerusalem? Oh yeh, bring your bucket and spade to the Holy City!

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Wait…what? A beach in Jerusalem??? Yessss! This summer, for the first time ever, there is a beach in Jerusalem! And it even comes with its own surfing simulator! It’s FREE to get in, and is open every day from 08:00 to 02:00. The location? The northern area of the First Station, the new culture and shopping complex in Jerusalem. Watch out for a kiddie area, where there will be lots of activities for the kids to enjoy (for a small fee), like kite building and wading pools, plus there will also be the 18 meter surf simulator, which is suitable for children aged 3 and above (the…
  • What’s it *really* like in Israel right now?

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    So, things aren’t so rosy in this neck of the desert right now, as you’ve probably heard and seen. But this is where I come in! You know, it’s much better to hear about what’s really going on from the horse’s mouth, from someone who is actually here, and who lives and breathes Israel… It happens, these cycles of tension and terror, and I’ve written about them before (remember this from 2009 – There’s a war going on don’t you know). Part and parcel of being in Israel, part and parcel of being embedded deep in the Middle East, however…
  • Get your “F*ck The Rockets” t-shirts while they’re hot!

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    With tensions running a wee bit high again in the region, we thought it was about time we launched some t-shirts to help you all stay cool… Actually, they’ll keep you looking AND feeling cool, AND we’re giving 50% of proceeds to charity! The t-shirts are limited edition and only available for a few days – so make sure you grab yours before they run out! Click on any of the t-shirts below to see more details/place your order.
  • The ULTIMATE summer festival to keep your kids smiling – the Tel Aviv Lego Festival!

    5 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How about this one to keep the kids entertained this summer – the Tel Aviv Lego Festival! Running through the summer til the end of August, this festival looks like being one of the must-sees of 2014! Perfect for the kids, and for those of you still addicted! The action takes place at the Hangar 11 complex in the Port of Tel Aviv (Namal Tel Aviv), and runs from 23 July to August 30. The festival is actually sponsored by local retail giants SuperPharm, so if you have one of their membership cards/visa cards, expect a big discount! What can you expect to see at the Lego Festival? Well,…
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  • Hillel Neuer schools PLO's Diana Buttu & HRW rep in Gaza debate on Al Jazeera (video)

    Rafi G.
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Hillel Neuer does a great job, but their method is just lies, lies and more lies, and when you call them on a lie they say thats not what they want to talk about..Al Jazeera tries to silence UN Watch's Hillel Neuer, but even a bit of truth managed to throw ex-PLO lawyer Diana Buttu & Human Rights Watch's Bill van Esveld on the defensive.------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Yesterday's miracle in Gaza

    Rafi G.
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Yes, that is a picture of a bullet stuck in a hand grenade.An IDF soldier was shot at from a terrorist with a Kalshnikov rifle. The bullet lodged itself in the grenade that was in the vest on the soldier.The soldier was not killed by either the bullet, or by the expected explosion of the hand grenade that you would expect to happen in such a situation...source: Mako news.------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Picture of the Day

    Rafi G.
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    these soldiers took the letters and pictures received from children around the country, and decorated their tank (armored vehicle?) with them!------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • IDF destroys UNRWA building

    Rafi G.
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The Palestinians are reporting that Israel destroyed a building of UNRWA and 15 people were killed in the strike. The IDF says it is looking into it.While normally UNRWA buildings should not be legitimate targets, I think we are well past that point here.With Hamas regularly using civilian locations as their headquarters and as missile storage sites, every site is really a military target. With the UNRWA already being caught with its pants down at least 3 times, as having Hamas missiles stored within their buildings, I think UNRWA sites should all be considered military targets. With UNRWA…
  • Shas and Hamas Demilitarizing Israel

    Rafi G.
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Rav Shalom Cohen has been quoted as having said, allegedly, that we do not need an army, and it is the tefillos that protect klal yisroel. He said this, supposedly, when someone asked him at a rally to say a tefilla for the soldiers.I cant believe Rav Cohen would say such a thing. I have to assume he is being misquoted. Otherwise he sounds ridiculous and perhaps senile.Of course the tefillos protect Israel. That does not negate the need for an army. Perhaps the tefillos are in addition to the army's protection, or maybe the tefillos are what make the army successful in its missions, or not…
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • The Show Must Go On

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Ever since the tragic kidnapping and murder of the three boys, the majority of the Israeli political establishment has been united in calling for the destruction of Hamas. Although certainly a good thing for the State of Israel, the problem is that this is not the whole story. For in addition to the obvious objective of such an undertaking, the broader intention of the Israeli leadership, and this is clear to anyone who is carefully listening, is to destroy Hamas in order to strengthen Abu Mazen. Whether it was the excessive praise of Abu Mazen for belatedly condemning the kidnapping, or the…
  • A Visit to the Temple Mount

    Yoel Meltzer
    17 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This past week within a 24-hour period I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places in Jerusalem that one can imagine: The Temple Mount and Yad Vashem. While within one is located, according to Judaism, the holiest spot in the world, the literal meeting place between heaven and earth, the other is a museum dedicated to the six million victims of the Nazi beast. Moreover, while from the former we hope that one day God’s light and wisdom will go forth to heal a fractured and troubled humanity, from the latter we merely hope to prevent future holocausts. Finally, while millions of…
  • Demographic Nonsense

    Yoel Meltzer
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:45 pm
    For many years the demographic factor has been used by many on the left as a justification for advancing the concept of land for peace. If Israel, so the theory goes, wants to maintain a large Jewish majority then areas liberated by Israel during the 1967 War which are predominantly populated by Arabs, namely Judea and Samaria, need to be relinquished as part of an eventual agreement. This way Israel can maintain an 80% Jewish majority, albeit within a very tiny state, as opposed to a significantly smaller majority were Israel to officially annex Judea and Samaria and grant citizenship to all…
  • The Propaganda Game

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Feb 2014 | 10:33 am
    For more than a week, anyone who gets off of the Jerusalem light rail can’t help but notice the impressive looking posters that feature a large picture of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Each one has a statement above the prime minister’s picture that begins with the words “Without a treaty” and then continues with a potential ramification of not signing a treaty with the Arabs such as “Without a treaty we cannot guarantee a Jewish democratic state” or “Without a treaty we will not succeed in lowering the high cost of living”. Finally, each poster adds the…
  • Bennett, Leave the Coalition Now!

    Yoel Meltzer
    4 Feb 2014 | 12:21 am
    For the past several months the head of the Jewish Home Party (JHP), Naftali Bennett, has been repeatedly stating that his party has its red lines regarding negotiations with the Arabs and that it will not remain in the coalition at all costs. If there is any truth to what he says, and I would like to believe there is, then I would suggest for several reasons that he put his words into action and leave the coalition now. For starters, the JHP needs to differentiate itself from its predecessor the National Religious Party (NRP) which lost favor with much of the national religious public for…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 25-Jul-14: Realities and perceptions

    This Ongoing War
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    A note about the endless struggle among our reality, the other side's reality, and perception.This is how a specific event was reported in the news:Palestinian claims accident after running over Israeli in West BankTimes of Israel | July 25, 2014A Palestinian man turns himself in to Israeli police after hitting a 17-year-old Israeli girl at the Etzion Bloc junction in the West Bank, Channel 2 reports. The man says he hit the girl by accident as she stood at a hitchhiking point at the junction. The girl was lightly injured, and police are investigating.And here from Gush Etzion is the laconic…
  • 25-Jul-14: Sorry

    This Ongoing War
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    A great deal of drama happening in this ongoing war. But  for the moment we are pre-occupied with the passing yesterday of a close family member and have to defer writing fresh posts.
  • 23-Jul-14: Clipped wings and foreign policy [UPDATE]

    This Ongoing War
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ben Gurion Airport arrivals hall on better daysThe US Federal Aviation Administration announced in the past hour (Wednesday midday) that U.S. carriers remain banned from flying to and from Tel Aviv for at least another day. They declined to lift Tuesday's suspension of flights between Israel and the US. That decision prohibited US carriers from flying to or from Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for up to 24 hours, by reason of "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza."Two US airlines - Delta and American - were reported earlier in the day to have…
  • 23-Jul-14: Flying solo, yet again

    This Ongoing War
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv [Image SourceIsraelis, deeply engaged in fighting a no-holds-barred enemy that turns its own children into human shields for its armed men who take aim at our children, is waking up to an unwelcome new/old reality this morning:Airlines in the United States and Europe suspended flights to and from Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. Major airlines canceled service — and in several cases, diverted planes in midflight — after the Federal Aviation Administration instructed American carriers not…
  • 23-Jul-14: Parliamentary question

    This Ongoing War
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    A thought about David Ward, MP for Bradford East in the UK Parliament:SourceOr to put that another way: "The big question is, if David Ward MP, a politician who evidently understands angry Islamists, had the chance to do so, would he dispatch a young religious fanatic with a bag full of explosives into a restaurant filled with women and children in order to have him explode there and kill and maim as many as possible of the Israelis around him? Probably yes."Does he even understand what Hamas stands for? We're ready to give him some first-hand guidance. What are…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Operation Protective Edge, Tactics and Strategy

    Erik Zimerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    As the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas held Gaza Strip nears, there are a few crucial lessons already clear for the IDF to adapt going forward, and more importantly for the political echelon to heed. The ground incursion phase of the operation is far more recent, about 6 days in total, there has been 3 distinct phases that are now apparent. The first two days of the operation were seemingly quite successful for the IDF. By the end of the second night’s operations, the IDF stood within 1 and 2 kilometers from Gaza city, from the north and east respectively. The…
  • Obama’s unreported Flipflop on Egypt in support of Hamas

    Erik Zimerman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
      In respect to the current conflict in Gaza, the worldwide media has taken various stances on the issue.  In general, there has been a great trend to morally equate the actions of the warring parties thus leading to a general anti-Israel bias since the discrepancy left is only that of the respective mounting body counts. All things being equal, Israel has killed many more Gazans in this round of battle, than vice versa. Of course the facts are that all things, as is most often the case, are not equal. For more background on the PR issue and the current conflict, you may wish to read…
  • The Truth Behind the ‘Disproportionate’ Reactions to Israel’s actions in Gaza

    Erik Zimerman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Antescript: The discussion that follows here is of imminent importance as Israel unfortunately considers accepting a ceasefire (a Qatari, Turkish backed ceasefire being shoved down its throat by John Kerry) with Hamas that will not only further destroy Israel’s eroding deterrence, but cast a shadow over the deaths of the young men that laid down their lives, hoping that Israel’s leaders would ensure it would not have been in vain.   Many in today’s world, believe that the PR battles in any war are just as important, if not more important, than its physical military…
  • Breaking: Possible Unreported ambush suffered by IDF – the Lebanon Lessons

    Erik Zimerman
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Operation Protective Edge has thus far gone relatively well for the IDF. Dozens of terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad  have been reported killed and arrested. As of the latest count reported by the IDF, 14 tunnels and over 30 tunnel shafts have been found. These tunnels serve both defensive purposes in order to allow Hamas fighters to appear behind IDF lines to conduct ambushes, and more importantly, for terrorist operations against civilian towns, villages and kibbutzim in the area. Of course, of even greater importance are the smuggling tunnels under the Philadelphia corridor, between…
  • The Tragedy of Israel’s PR Campaign

    Erik Zimerman
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    For a fuller treatment of the current flare-up in Israel and Gaza, read this previous Article. Likewise, this PR phenomena was also subject several previous articles, including But for a briefer note, a response is needed to the flood of ridiculous posts…all over my social networks, and all over cyberspace. Constantly, Israeli officials, United With Israel types, and amateur independent Israel supporters with good intentions, barrage the world media with tragically ironic or simply absurd statements….   “No country would tolerate hundreds of missiles…” um…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Dead Sea Water Safety Tips

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Beware! Several people drown every year in the Dead Sea because they do not obey the rule: Only float on your back. Accidents happen when someone tries to swim normally (stomach first) in the water – the legs will float better than usual and the head will be submerged. Note that this applies to weaker swimmers, and specifically to attempts to swim breaststroke. Read the "Do" section at The popular wisdom is that no one can drown in the Dead Sea because they'll float on the super-salty waters. That's wrong, but it's true that drownings in the Dead Sea are…
  • Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) Partners with the Shrine of the Book for Dead Sea Scrolls Ten Day Intensive Program, June 11-24, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS), in partnership with the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, is offering an intensive 10-day journey through history, literature, theology, archeology and geography in specific study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem, June 11-24, 2015 (including two travel days). "This program is the first of its kind offered in Israel utilizing the galleries and expertise of the Israel Museum together with Israeli archaeologists," states Marc Turnage, director of CHLS. "It is a serious study experience and is…
  • Side Trip: Hiking in the Zin Valley

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Shai Yagel, head of trail marking in Israel for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), describes the Zin Valley desert hiking trail. There are amazing views of the wilderness of the Zin Valley, the biggest spring in the Negev, Ein Akev, a small Bedouin farm and tea house, and an ancient Nabataean city. The hike is 16km on a trail which is accessible via public transportation at both ends. Read the full article at
  • Vacation Reading - Try One of These

    Sue Schoenfeld
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Here are some suggestions...Dead Sea-themed novels to enjoy while relaxing in a lounge chair by the hot mineral pool. Treasure of the Dead Sea Scrolls is brand new! Suitable for Young Adult readers, as well. In 1952, a French archaeologist discovered a Dead Sea Scroll unlike any other. In the back of a cave in Qumran near the Dead Sea, he found the oddity - a scroll written on almost pure copper. It told of more than sixty locations where an enormous quantity of gold, silver, and Temple implements were hidden from the Romans in the first century CE. Was this scroll a map to the treasures from…
  • Chabad House at the Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chabad House at the Dead Sea is located in the Ein Hatchelet (Blue Sky) Mall, Ein Bokek 5, phone: 054-777-0695. Visit the Website
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