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    JTA Breaking News

  • Ashkelon mayor decides against ban on Arab workers

    Marcy Oster
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimon has walked back his decision to lay off city Arab workers in the aftermath of the deadly synagogue attack in Jerusalem. On Sunday, Shimoni agreed to allow the workers to complete construction work on bomb shelters in the city’s preschools and relocate the students to the local community center, Ynet reported. The plan was to be presented to parents at a meeting that night. Shimoni on Friday had ordered a halt to the project, which is expected to take a week, to prevent Arab workers from entering the city. The decision followed a couple of…
  • Kipah-clad New Zealand boy, 4, smacked on head

    Marcy Oster
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A 4-year-old boy wearing a kipah was slapped on his head as he walked home from a Chabad house in Auckland, New Zealand. The boy was said to be traumatized last week by the apparent anti-Semitic attack, which was witnessed by his mother, according to a report Sunday in the New Zealand Herald. The alleged offender was a man in his 20s “of Middle Eastern appearance,” said New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman, according to the article. Goodman said the man apparently laughed as he fled in a car with several other men. “Anti-Semitism in any form…
  • Wellesley College drops Hillel director, Jewish chaplain posts

    Marcy Oster
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    (JTA) — Wellesley College eliminated the posts of Hillel director and Jewish chaplain. The two part-time positions at the all-female school in suburban Boston were removed last week, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. The college, which pays the salaries of the Wellesley Hillel staffers, said it decided to restructure and will hire a full-time rabbi to serve as Jewish chaplain, according to Haaretz. An interim Hillel director was hired to work nights four to eight hours a week. The university reportedly made the decision without input from students, alumni or other stakeholders. “It…
  • Jordan’s parliament holds moment of silence for synagogue killers

    Marcy Oster
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jordan’s parliament held a moment of silence for the two Palestinian terrorists who killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue attack. The gesture, along with the reading of Koran verses, was held a day after the Nov. 18 attack, the Israeli media reported Friday. The Jordanian government condemned the attack. Also, Jordan’s prime minister, Abdullah Ensour, sent a letter of condolence to the families of the terrorists, Palestinian cousins Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal of eastern Jerusalem, Israel’s Channel 10 reported. The gunmen were killed in a…
  • Italian aliyah expected to double in ’14

    Marcy Oster
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    MILAN, Italy (JTA) – Italy is experiencing a sharp upsurge in Jews making aliyah. An estimated 300 Italian Jews are expected to move to Israel in 2014, the Italo-Israeli demographer Sergio Della Pergola told the Italian news agency ANSA on Friday. The Jewish Agency affirmed to JTA that the figure — more than double from a year ago — was accurate. Some 152 Jews made aliyah from Italy in 2013, according to the Jewish Agency. Several Italian Jewish leaders said the economic situation, including the difficulty for young people to find jobs, figured strongly in the aliyah increase,…
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    Israel News

  • Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The mayor of Buffalo says the city is making significant progress clearing snow-clogged streets even as a flooding threat looms.
  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian along Gaza border - Palestinian ministry

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the first such fatality since a 50-day Gaza war ended in August. The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp.
  • Lebanon says it arrested 'Israeli collaborator'

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    The Lebanese army reportedly arrested a man who allegedly collaborated with Israeli secret agents operating in the country, security officials in Beirut said Saturday. According to Saudi daily newspaper Okaz, the man, dubbed by Lebanese officials as F. Yassin, held covert meetings with Israeli spies in a tourist resort which he owned in the country's south.
  • Pakistan slams UN Council's silence over Israeli attacks on Gaza : November 22, 2014,

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    NEW YORK Pakistan has sharply criticised UN Security Council's conscious reticence on the deadly Israeli aggression against Gaza in July, saying the massacre that followed could have been averted had the 15-member body taken timely action. "The Security Council's conscious reticence on the situation in Gaza this summer was incomprehensible and unacceptable," Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, told the General Assembly while commenting on the Council's annual report on its work.
  • In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A relative of Abdel Rahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, stands at his family home after it was razed by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption A relative of Abdel Rahman Shaludi, a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month, stands at his family home after it was razed by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday.
 
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    ynet - News

  • Druze IDF soldier denied entry to northern Israeli pub

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Ran Abu Dolah fought during Operation Protective Edge and injured by an anti-tank missile but was not allowed entry to a pub in northern Israel over the weekend because he is not Jewish, 'Apparently, they are good enough to fight in Gaza but not to enter a pub,' says a friend of Dolah.
  • Despite wave of terror attacks, West Bank ambulances not running

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Health Ministry transfers only half of allocated funds for rescue services beyond Green Line; Magen David Adom warns it won't be able to provide special services in 11 stations in West Bank.
  • Olmert to testify on claims Barak took bribes

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    After accusing former defense minister Ehud Barak of taking 'millions and tens of millions' in bribes for arms deals, police to collect former premier's testimony.
  • The first line of defense

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Har Nof's neighborhood watch was set up by local residents after a spate of burglaries; it's members say that despite the terrible events of last week, there will be no hatred and no calls for revenge from the tolerant neighborhood.
  • The children of the Third Intifada

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Ynet speaks to Palestinian youths who have chosen to resist Israeli police using stones, tires, and fireworks, rather than attend school.
 
 
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    Israellycool

  • Greta Berlin Compares Israellycool To Der Stűrmer; Insults “Aussie Dan”

    Aussie Dave
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    After Brian of London shared my epic anti-Israel propaganda fail post in the An Independent-Sovereign Palestine and Safe Israel Facebook group, rabid antisemite and walking dangers-of-plastic-surgery-advertisement Greta Berlin decided to open her mouth. Figuratively speaking (I assume she has trouble physically accomplishing that) Greta Berlin: Stupid is as stupid does, and these Ziobots are really, REALLY Dumb. Greta Berlin: Posting from Israelly cool is like posting from Der Sturmer. “Probably the most infamous was ‘Der Stűrmer’ by the anti-Semite Julius Streicher who claimed…
  • What To Do After The Terrorists Are Dead

    Brian of London
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Le Mans-winning Porsche 935 K3 ‘seized’ by DEA agents – Autoblog Caroline Glick has a great suggestion. We should take a leaf out of the US method for dealing with drug dealers. Confiscation of assets. This often happens even in advance of a full conviction by a court. How could Israel be criticised for doing to terrorists’ families what the Americans do for the relatively less severe crime of selling drugs? OK, they’ll still criticise us, but they’ll have to apply Israeli Double Standard Time™ to do it. I’d also add that dumping the bodies in an anonymous hole or…
  • The Temple Mount: A Tale Of Two Approaches

    Aussie Dave
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Jewish approach to Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount. Several biblical commandments regulated entrance to the various sections of the Temple, including the establishment of a guard system to enforce these rules (Num. 18:1–4). The Torah (Lev. 19:30) further com­mands a general reverence for the Temple, interpreted by the sages to include respectful behavior within permissible areas, such as not carrying a stick or wallet, wearing leather shoes, or walking around for mundane purposes (Berachot 54a). Medieval commentators debated whether these restrictions became dormant…
  • Picture Of The Day: IDF Cap-tain Edition

    Aussie Dave
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Introducing the Mona Lisa, created by a female IDF soldier armed with water and soft drink caps. [source] It’s home is outside the dining room at the Ramat David air force base. I am just waiting for the inevitable palestinian response, that the IDF has no right to appropriate a work of art one of their people created.
  • Reader Post: Is This Legitimate Criticism?

    Justin Amler
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Jews are a people of criticism.  We enjoy expressing our views and making our points.  We can be robust in our arguments, passionate in our beliefs, critical in our assessments.  We espouse views that are sometimes not always popular.  And our views are diverse across the whole spectrum of thought.  But there does come a time when we have to ask ourselves if some of the criticism that is leveraged is legitimate or not?  And that brings into question an organisation that promote themselves as Jewish, yet whose views are extreme to the point where we have trouble distinguishing between…
 
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    Chayyei Sarah

  • Moscow (Part XXIII - Sunday at The Jewish Agency)

    Sarah
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI and XXII.)Most people don’t realize that The Jewish Agency is involved in a lot more than “just” immigration to Israel. Among lots of other things, the Sochnut, as it’s known in Hebrew, has a hand in an incredible variety and scope of Jewish education programs around the world, especially in the former Soviet Union and South America. There are children in the former…
  • Moscow (Part XXII - The Kremlin)

    Sarah
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, and XXI.)Sunday morning shone bright and cold, and I was ready to see the Kremlin! My feet still hurt real bad in those boots, and because of the toe I’d squashed at the Jewish Museum, but I hardly felt sick anymore at all, I had money in my wallet, and I was on my way!I looked carefully at the maps and saw that if I got off the subway at the “Biblioteka” stop, I could then walk…
  • Moscow (Part XXI - Money and a Plan!)

    Sarah
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX.)Shabbat ended, and it was time to get money! I was so scared something would go wrong – the PIN wouldn't work, or something else –  that I delayed finding out by first going back to the supermarket to finally get the banana that I hadn't been able to purchase the first time. If I was going to be in deep trouble, alone in Russia with no money, at least I should have a…
  • Moscow (Part XX - Shabbat Day)

    Sarah
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX.)In typical Chabad style, the prayer services on Saturday morning started at 10 am(very late by most standards). I showed up at noon, and they were still at Torah reading (that is, about halfway through the service). I was glad I'd slept in! There was a bar mitzvah that morning, and at the end of Torah reading the women in the balcony threw down candies at the bar mitzvah boy. I felt happy and…
  • Moscow (Part XIX - Shabbat Dinner)

    Sarah
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, and XVIII.)I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for Chabad as a movement. Notwithstanding certain issues of concern vis-à-vis some beliefs in their ranks about the Rebbe, I am super grateful that Chabad exists and do what they do. Anywhere in the world that a Jew travels, he or she can always find kosher food and ways to connect to a Jewish community on Shabbat and holidays, because Chabad is there for you…
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    Yourish.com

  • “Apartheid” Israelis call for honoring Druze officer

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Druze police officer who was murdered Muslim by terrorists yesterday while helping defend Israeli Jews is being laid to rest, and religious Jews are calling for Israelis to go to his funeral and show their respect for his sacrifice.The Druze police officer who lost his life in Tuesday’s terror attack is being honored by the ultra-Orthodox community, which was hit the hardest in the deadly terror attack on a synagogue, and the community is urging Haredi youths to attend the young officer’s funeral service.The ultra–Orthodox community determined Wednesday that Master-Sergeant…
  • This is what incitement causes

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The Palestinians lying about Israel attacking the al-Aqsa mosque, and their leaders inciting the religious hatred, have gotten what they want: Four rabbis are dead and eight Jews were wounded in a terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. They entered an Orthodox synagogue in west Jerusalem–on the Israeli side of the Green Line–and murdered four with a gun, an axe, and knives. They invaded a Yeshiva and murdered Jews while praying during morning services.Four people were killed Tuesday morning when two terrorists brutally attacked worshippers in a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har…
  • Kitty pictures required

    Meryl Yourish
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    So here’s Meimei.
  • Reversing cause and effect

    Meryl Yourish
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    The world media is reporting on Mahmoud Abbas’ fiery speech on the tenth anniversary of mass murderer Yasser Arafat’s death. They breathlessly report his accusations that Israel is “provoking” a “religious war”. And this is why, according to the Guardian. Note not only the reversal of importance–the Muslim claim is always put first–but the minimization of the importance of the site in Judaism.The clashes of the past three weeks – which have included four deadly attacks and an attempted assassination – have been exacerbated by tension over…
  • The murderous Iranian regime

    Meryl Yourish
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Iranian Supreme Leader released a nine-step plan to eliminate Israel. The world media mostly yawned. The AP can barely manage to eke out one final-paragraph mention of it in its story about the Iranian nuclear agreement today.Kerry spoke early Tuesday with Netanyahu, but the State Department officials refused to discuss why the Israeli prime minister believed a deal was imminent. The officials said Kerry also condemned comments posted this weekend on the managed Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that called for…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Can We Please Not Call This an Intifada Just Yet?

    Benji
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    My latest on the Times of Israel. Nothing funny here… For years after Michael Jordan became the greatest basketball player in the world, the media sought to anoint the heir to this throne. “Is this the next Jordan? Is that the next Jordan?” Sometimes before the prospect had even played a game in the NBA. Eventually the alternate opinions spoke up, saying: “Enough. Let the next legendary player evolve naturally and *become* great; he can’t be crowned before he’s done a thing.” People’s impatience, tendency to rush to judgment, and desire to “be first to report”…
  • Top 11 AP headlines in history

    Benji
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Yesterday, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for a train. A three-month old baby was killed. A police officer shot the fleeing murderer. The Associated Press (AP) found it appropriate to report the story with the following headline. If that’s not the most ridiculous journalistic account of an event, I don’t know what is. Well done, AP. The headline has since been changed. Too little, too late. On that note, let’s take a look back at the top 11 AP headlines throughout history. 11. Titanic Assaults Iceberg 10. Princess Di Terrorizes Streets of Paris 9.
  • My American Month

    Benji
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Boker tov from autumnal Tel Aviv-it’s officially acharei hachagim (after the holidays) which means you have to start doing all those things you put off. It’s been busy here in Beit Lovitt. Like a lot of people here, I kept working during the chagim (not ON the chagim but all the off-days) preparing for my next trip to the States. So far in 2014, I’ve been to the US for a quick trip for Limmud NY, then over Purim for shows, then again for Yom Haatzmaut, and then for a family simcha. Add that to my annual fall tour and I’ll have been to the US five times by the time 2014 comes to a…
  • El Al Service Policy Revealed

    Benji
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. El Al made the news recently after the disruption of one of their flights by some Haredi passengers who caused flight delays during the seating process. The Times of Israel has managed to obtain a copy of El Al’s most recent customer service policy. El Al is committed to ensuring that your air travel experience will be the most Israeli experience possible. Our commitment and responsibilities are as follows: Affordability El Al will continue to provide the highest fare possible to our customers. If a higher fare is found with another airline, we will match…
  • Eight Years in Israel: Time to Get Serious

    Benji
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “A tradition unlike any other” The Masters Tournament…and my aliyah anniversary blog post. While this one sneaks up on me every year, this is in some ways a bigger deal to me than my Yom Haatzmaut list. One, because I am more likely to be writing it in 20 years, two, because it doesn’t cause me to wake up in a cold sweat a week beforehand. “I already used that one in last year’s list?!?!  AAAAAAUGH!!!!!” A few years ago, I was more likely to list my accomplishments (like no longer crying in the fetal position when I got disconnected from Orange). Now?  Just feels…
 
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    This Normal Life

  • Hillel vs. Shamai or When is it OK to Tell Your Wife’s Friend She Looks Fabulous?

    Brian
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    The sign on my front door read, “Men, please announce yourself.” It was a Friday around 1:00 PM and my arms were filled with pre-Shabbat shopping: challah from Pe’er, still moist chocolate rugalach from Marzipan, eggplant dip in Thailandi sauce from Tzidkiyahu. The Jerusalem Post, of course. I walked right in.“Don’t come up!” my wife Jody called down immediately from the living room, up a half flight of stairs, as she detected my familiar shuffle. “There are women changing up here! And you’re the only man in the house.”Not exactly a “house” anymore. Our Jerusalem…
  • Tragedy in Nepal Brings Back Trekking Memories

    Brian
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    The tragedy in Nepal two weeks ago, where 40 trekkers, including four Israelis, lost their lives in a sudden freak snowstorm along the well-traveled Annapurna route brought back a flood of memories from my own trip to the Nepalese Himalayas. In 2011, my family and I went hiking in the same Annapurna region, and, although we didn’t navigate across the 5,400-meter high Thorong La Pass – which saw the brunt of the storm and most of the casualties when near zero visibility and sub zero temperatures shocked travelers who set out on what seemed an ordinary, October clear sky day – we trekked…
  • Members of the Tribe

    Brian
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Birds do the nuttiest things. In a flock, some of the birds will voluntarily serve as sentries, scanning the horizon for predators and calling out warnings. Having a sentry is good for the group but bad for the sentry, which has less time to search for food and, by issuing a warning call, is more likely to be spotted by the predator. Why do they do it then? And how, if Darwin’s theory of natural selection holds, does a sentry gene get passed on if in fact many of the sentries wind up sacrificing their lives for the greater good of the group? This was one of the questions raised in an…
  • Ireland, Identity and Avoiding Anti-Semitism

    Brian
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    “If anyone asks where we’re from, say America, not Israel.” Those were the instructions I gave to my wife and children for how to minimize friction while traveling outside of Israel after a summer where protests bordering on (and sometimes overtly embracing) anti-Semitism raged across Europe. Our vacation – ten days in Ireland, hiking, drinking and enjoying Irish music in the country’s ubiquitous pubs – was planned long before Operation Protective Edge and its international impact began, and we flew out of Israel scarcely a week after the last missile was downed by the Iron Dome.
  • Wartime Unity at Hutzot HaYotzer

    Brian
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    In a summer where nearly every large-scale outdoor event was canceled on instruction by Israel’s Home Front Command, the annual Hutzot HaYotzer International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem represented a desperately needed welcome breather. Now in its 39th year, Hutzot HaYotzer is the country’s preeminent place to meet talented local artists – nearly 200 in total – who park their wares in a picturesque valley watched over by the walls of the Old City and who put on a smile for 12 days, as they pitch their hand crafted earrings, sparkly necklaces, ceramic hamsa’s and natural…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • A Quiet Clash at the Swedish Foreign Ministry

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Sweden is arguably the most "European" of European countries by virtue of its historically cohesive nationhood ("one big family"), militaristic and socialist legacies, untrammeled immigration, unmatched political correctness, and a supercilious claim to
  • Terrorism Defies Definition

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Defining terrorism has practical implications because formally certifying an act of violence as terrorist has important consequences in U.S. law. Terrorism suspects can be held longer than criminal suspects after arrest without an indictment They can be
  • ISIS Justifies Its Yazidi Slaves

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    That the Islamic State (ISIS) has enslaved Yazidi women and children it captured is an established fact; for example, a United Nations report found that "300 [Yazidi] women had been forced into slavery." Now, in its slick multi-language journal, ISIS
  • Congress: Stop Subsidizing Biased Middle East Studies

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    In return for receiving taxpayer funds for foreign regional studies, universities must agree, according to Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HAE), to conduct "public outreach" programs aimed at K-12 teachers and the general public. Problem is, as
  • André Carson, Islamist Choice for the House of Representatives

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    In politics, the adage goes, follow the money. And so, data abound for contributions from trial lawyers, insurance brokers, and even optometrists. But what about Islamists, those Muslims who seek to replace the Constitution with the Koran and apply
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    Good News from Israel

  • The Chanukah Page and over 500 Chanukah Videos

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hi Everyone!Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is observed for eight days, beginning on the evening of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. This year Chanukah starts Tuesday night, December 16, 2014.Chanukah is a wonderful holiday of renewed dedication, faith, hope and spiritual light. It's a holiday that says: "Never lose hope." Chanukah commemorates the victory of a small band of Maccabees over the pagan Syrian-Greeks who ruled over Israel. The Chanukah Page includes lesson sites in several languages, videos, songs, English Hebrew vocabulary lists, recipes, games, humor,…
  • The Train Ride that I will Never Forget

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Hi Everyone!I had the privilege to see something totally amazing.Please read it and share.www.jr.co.il/articles/the-train-ride-that-i-will-never-forget.htmHave a good day,Jacob
  • Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) is Back!

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Hi Everyone!It has been eight months since the last CJI report.I decided to restart the CJI reports and plan to send out the next report during the second week of November.I am restarting the CJI list on a new mail sever (Mad Mimi). There are currently thousands of subscribers on the old PHP List server. There are probably many expired email addresses on the old list.To avoid problems on the new server, I am not transferring the old emails to the new system. All subscribers (yes, including those subscribed over 18 years ago) need to subscribe again at:www.cji.co.il/email.htmAfter you add your…
  • My English Hebrew Dictionary - Winter Vocabulary

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew winter vocabulary study sheets with 84 winter related words.The address is:www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/winter-1.htmPlease forward this message to anyone that may be interested in learning Hebrew. Thanks!Have a good day,Jacob Richmanjrichman@jr.co.il
  • New: The Shabbat Page, Updated: The Noach Page

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created The Shabbat Page on my website at:www.jr.co.il/shabbat.htmThe page includes Lessons, Parsha pages, Videos, English Hebrew Vocabulary Lists, Recipes, Games and Clipart about Shabbat.The address is:www.jr.co.il/shabbat.htmI also updated the Noach Page which has links to children parsha pages, commentary pages, songs, humor items (including the Bill Cosby Noach skit), and a section on Noach stamps, graphics and clipart.The address is:www.jr.co.il/t/noach.htmEnjoy both pages.Feedback is welcome.Please share the pages with friends. Thank you.Have a good week,Shavua Tov,Jacob
 
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    The Muqata

  • Israeli History: UN, 9th century CE

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Every Sabbath, Jews read a portion of the Torah (the parsha).  Today we read through the whole Torah in one year, but the ancient Israeli custom was to finish the Torah twice in a 7-year cycle.   The Midrash are compilations of ancient synagogue Sabbath sermons, originating from the period knows as the Dark Ages (3rd-13th centuries) and mostly written in Israel.  They generally follow the Israeli custom.   Most Midrash focus on the first verse or two of the Israeli 'seder', the 'portion of the week'.Midrash Tanhuma was written in Israel around the 9th century. Here is my…
  • The Holiest Sports Arena on Earth

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    FirstEnergy Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium?Rome's Coliseum?The Holiest Sports Arena on Earth is right here in Jerusalem...on the Temple Mount! Or as the rest of the world likes to refer to it, Haram al-Sharif.This holy place which "offends" Muslim leaders when Jews silently and peacefully walk through the area, is also the place where holy Muslim children play holy sports games, such as soccer (European football), volleyball and others.Yet it's a terrible provocation for Jews to walk there....let alone move their lips in silent prayer in the holiest sports arena on the…
  • PM Netanyahu's Speech at UN Sept. 29 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates,I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it. Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant…
  • Where in the World is Mohammed Zoabi?

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    Where is the Muqata's friend -- Israeli-Arab Zionist Teenager, Mohammed Zoabi?Many of you who have been following the Muqata FB page know about the Israeli-Arab Zionist teenager, Mohammed Zoabi - who proudly expressed his support for Israel, and not only condemned the abduction of the 3 Jewish teens this summer (as opposed to his infamous cousin, MK Hanin Zoabi -- the Hamas cheerleader in the Knesset), yet young Mohammed also threatened the terrorists that they should return the abducted teens safe and sound if they knew what was good for them.Mohammed was ultimately correct, and while the 3…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 26, 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]8:00pm Hamas Victory in Gaza includes: No Water, No Electricity, 350,000 refugees. All they get is the opening of the humanitarian conveys via the border crossings with israel (which Israel keeps open anyway).There will be discussions about an air/sea port for Gaza, but nothing is promised.Israel will discuss the demilitarization of Gaza, but nothing is promised.The cease fire has no stated end point.8pm Antisemitism in New York Jewish couple…
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    Green Prophet

  • NASA visualizes unfortunate truths about our atmosphere

    Brian Nitz
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    NASA’s newly released video of the earth has a strange hypnotic beauty that resembles the shifting sands of the desert or the psychedelic swirling colors of soap bubbles. But this video reveals...
  • Ritz-Carlton green campaign takes root in Riyadh 

    Laurie Balbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    A hundred employees from The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh planted over 300 trees in the hotel’s surroundings as part of a new environmental campaign called Green Earth, Clean Earth. The project is...
  • Jordan’s Abdali Souk revives in new setting

    Laurie Balbo
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    Second (and third!) – hand marketplaces offer some of the greenest shopping options available – especially in the run-up to frenzied winter holiday consumerism – but in developing...
  • Measuring acid in our oceans using the bodies of small marine animals

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The world is warming. Glaciers are melting. Added carbon dioxide gas is causing our seas to become acidic. This in turn melts corals, and causes a host of environmental problems scientists are just...
  • Printing an electric car on the world’s largest 3D printer

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    While online hightech companies might seem to be on the money, investors are hungry for new advances in physical products. But developing them takes years, and lots of money. There is a lots of waste...
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • Remarketing Campaigns are Not Always What they Seem

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    We have a client who hired us to increase his conversions. He has great traffic and a few AB tests later his revenues are way up. Eventually he asked us to take over his Google Adwords campaign from another company.  A quick review showed that the ROI was very low. Even for his remarketing campaign. We took a closer look and guess what? The campaign that was named remarketing was not set up for remarketing. Don’t believe everything your read. In effect, it was a display campaign which was wasting a lot of money. The take away is: if your remarketing campaign is not doing…
  • Internet Marketing Success Doubles Hotel Rooms

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    It is very gratifying when our success goes beyond even what we expect. One of our clients has a boutique hotel in Europe. Our job was to fill up the rooms through Adwords, search engine optimization, OTAs (Online Travel Agents) and social media channels. One day I received a phone call from the hotel owner, “we are adding rooms on to the hotel”. Turns out they more than doubled the amount of rooms in the hotel. For job satisfaction, that is hard to beat.
  • 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…
 
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • Who is 2014’s Sexiest Rabbi?

    ck
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Jewrotica has announced the opening of nominations for this year’s sexiest Rabbis. I guess I should say “sexiest” because, despite the site’s nomenclature, this isn’t a contest about sexiness as it is commonly understood. Last year’s search highlighted a number of rabbis across the denominational spectrum, who were nominated by the public at large. Some […]
  • JewliciousEats: Jewish Soul Food for Shabbat Toldot and Thanksgiving

    larry
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today’s Kitchen by Janna Gur Pub Date: October 28, 2014 Schocken Press Shabbat Toldot and the week prior to Thanksgiving in the United States. In Toldot (generations) we learn about a lentil stew between brothers, and we study about a few […]
  • Dumb&Dumber: UCLA Council Votes for BDS

    larry
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    As the world mourned for those in a Jerusalem synagogue who were butchered and murdered without mercy, UCLA’s undergraduate elected student government voted 8-2-2 to pass a resolution that calls for the University of California to divest from any U.S. public company that is involved in the West Bank or Gaza. As you may recall, […]
  • JewliciousReels: Notes from the Jewish Film Fest Circuit

    larry
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Unfortunately due to poor planning, I did not make it to the Boston Jewish Film Festival this year (its 26th edition), but I did score some tickets to the NYC DOC fest and Manhattan’s OTHER ISRAEL festival of films and panels. Some of the highlights from Boston were (39 films from 14 counties): Ester Amrami’s […]
  • JewliciousReels: Above & Beyond at NYC DOCumentary Fest

    larry
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    ABOVE AND BEYOND a documentary about the American, British, South African and other english-speaking WWII pilots who volunteered (with two Israelis) to create the Israeli Air Force in 1948, had its New York City premiere this week at the DOC NYC Documentary Film Festival. It was produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman […]
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    JobMob

  • Do You Also Have a Fear of Success?

    Jacob Share
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I had a revelation recently. New years The end of the Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest always coincides with the beginning of the fall and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Growing up in Canada, my dad the businessman would also talk about the beginning of the fiscal year. Any way you put it, it’s a good time to take a look back at what you’ve accomplished in 12 months and what you can accomplish in the next 12. The recent look back was troubling for me, to say the least. The just-completed guest blogging contest was a resounding success and helped revitalize JobMob, but…
  • Please Take The 2014 JobMob Census (You’ll Be Glad You Did)

    Jacob Share
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re a regular JobMob reader or subscriber, this is for you. Why do a census? To make JobMob better for you and for me. If I know who you are and what you want, it’ll be a lot easier for me to help you. If I know that’s helping you, I’m more likely to help others like you. The results of last year’s census directly influenced some of the articles I’ve posted here since, and showed me how important the upcoming JobMob evolution will be moving forward. It only takes a few minutes. I specifically set things up to be as easy and as quick as possible. There…
  • Ask The Readers: How Should JobMob Evolve?

    Jacob Share
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    After a new logo, now it’s time to discuss a new blog design. After Round 1 Voting for a new JobMob logo and then the followup Round 2 Voting, the final logo is being tweaked by my designers from Emske.com. With a new logo and brand on the way, a fresh new look for JobMob is next on the todo list. More than a new look, a redesign is a great opportunity to re-imagine what JobMob can be and how the site can help more job seekers than ever. For almost 8 years, you’ve been looking at this: Could use a new coat of paint, no? With that in mind, here are some things to think about: What…
  • All The Internships You Need In Israel For 2015

    Jacob Share
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Which internship or fellowship is best for you this year? Winter, summer, year-round, paid, free, it’s all here. And if you know of something that isn’t, tell us in the comments, ok? Winter 2015 internships Europ Network – sales and marketing internship (minimum 2 months) and an e-business internship (minimum 3 months). Israel-Asia Center Job Openings – The Israel-Asia Center is currently seeking intern candidates for a number of positions. Although the dates listed begin in 2014, they’ve confirmed that there are still openings and will be more moving forward.
  • From Your Comments: Round 2 Voting For The New JobMob Logo

    Jacob Share
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Now which is your favorite? In Round 1 of the voting, Concept 1 came out strongly with the win, gaining 66% of the vote. That was actually its lowest showing, after initially trending over 80%. With your many email and blog comments in hand, the guys over at Emske have returned with some followup variations. Below are 3 new takes in addition to the Round 1 Winner. Browse them all and then vote in the poll at the bottom, just like last time. And also just like last time – send in your helpful suggestions and detailed feedback, or just a quick reaction. You can see we’re listening…
 
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    Cross-Currents

  • Strong and Subtle Slanders

    Avi Shafran
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    The New York Jewish Week was understandably unhappy at the comparison that a respected Modern Orthodox rabbi seemed to make between the paper and the rabid Nazi tabloid Der Stürmer, which, from1923 until 1945, incited Germans with lurid fictions about Jews. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Yeshurun, the largest Orthodox synagogue in Teaneck, NJ, recently stepped down from the Beit Din of Bergen County he led for seven years, mainly, he wrote, because of “the negativity associated today with conversion, and the cynicism and distrust fostered by so…
  • Pair of Pieces in Haaretz

    Avi Shafran
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie responded to a piece of mine that appeared recently in Haaretz. The piece I had written is at http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.626373 and his response at http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.627494 I hope to offer a counter-response in coming days.
  • Message From the Har Nof Widows

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    [loose translation:] We turn to acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be. Let us all come together to increase the rachamei Shomayim shown to us! Let us all accept upon ourselves that we will increase love and brotherhood – between each person and his fellow, between community and community, between major group and major group. Our request is that every individual should see to it to accept upon himself on Erev Shabbos Parshas Toldos, to sanctify this coming Shabbos as a day of ahavas chinam. It should be a day that we refrain from all kinds of divisive conversation, lashon hora, and…
  • Do We Care About a Jewish Israel?

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    by Rabbi Pesach Lerner Opponents of traditional Torah values are trying to change the face of Judaism in Israel, and have laid out their plans in full detail. Are we listening? Are we going to respond? Are we going to protect the Mesorah and Kedusha of Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael? Discussions in Israel today – in the media, in the halls of Knesset, and at the highest levels of government – threaten the religious status quo in Israel as never before. If passed into law, bills currently being forwarded will expand the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox communities in Israel and…
  • Statement from Agudath Israel of America on this morning’s massacre of mispallelim in Har Nof

    Avi Shafran
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    This morning’s barbaric murder in Har Nof, Jerusalem of four Jews has left all caring people reeling – the tears are pouring this morning and our hearts are full of pain. This vicious attack on people wearing tallis and tefillin and immersed in tefilla is ugly testimony to the depth of evil faced by Jews in Israel and the world over, in the form of brutal terrorists who revel in the killing of innocents. The celebration of the murders in Gaza and elsewhere reiterates the despicable nature of those who wish the Holy Land to be Judenrein. When cold-blooded murderers attack a makom…
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    Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

  • NYT on 1929 massacres of Jews: "More than 100 people on each side died"

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Jodi Rudoren, in an absurd backgrounder for the current tensions over the Temple Mount, writes in the NYT:The site has been a flash point since the advent of modern Zionism. More than 100 people on each side died in a week of rioting in 1929 over access to the Western Wall below. Really? That's how the 1929 massacres are described? The Arabs were killed by the British, not the Jews. And the Jews were massacred in the most horrendous ways. To equate the Jews being mutilated and raped to the rioting Arabs being shot by the British is obscene.Here is how The Palestine Bulletin descibed the…
  • 11/23 Links: Why do we keep saying it's not anti-Semitic?; Abbas Calls for "Bridges of Love"

    Ian
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    From Ian:Why do we keep saying it's not anti-Semitic?There are wars, there are terrorist attacks and there are pogroms. What occurred this week at the Har Nof Synagogue in Israel was age-old anti-Semitism. It was not political, it was not anti-Zionist, it was not an attack against Israel's military actions, it was a religious pogrom; the type of which has been seen thousands of times through the ages - the type which are occurring again.Yes, I know. It's Israel's fault, isn't it? With their military actions and settlement building, they bring it all upon themselves. And, yes, I know that the…
  • The Left and the Jews: My Dinner with Jon (Mike Lumish)

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most participants here are familiar with Jon Haber and his divestthis! blog.Jon and I are having an ongoing conversation concerning the western-left and its relationship to the BDS movement, i.e, the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish State of Israel.We both agree that BDS in the west is largely a product of the Left.  And we both agree, therefore, that many western-left venues have made homes of themselves for that movement, a movement that I would characterize as anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist.  It should be noted that to claim the liberal-left is the…
 
 
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    רכילות - nrg.co.il

  • רק רצה להיות אבא: בן נולד לאייל ורוסלנה

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    לאחר שנה שבה שמו של הזמר עלה לכותרות בנסיבות לא מחמיאות, גולן הפך בפעם השלישית לאב. ליולדת ולילד שלום, שיהיה במזל טוב
  • מי רוצה להציץ לצ'אטים של הסלבס?

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    טאלנטים ברחבי העולם יאפשרו למעריצים לצפות בצ'אטים הפרטיים שלהם באמצעות וייבר. גם טל ברמן ואביעד קיסוס הישראלים הצטרפו לחגיגה. בקרוב ייחשפו שמותיהם של טאלנטים נוספים
  • ג'ניס דיקינסון: ביל קוסבי אנס גם אותי

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    גם "דוגמנית העל הראשונה" טוענת שהקומיקאי הותיק אנס אותה, והתלונות כלפיו ממשיכות להערם. רשת נטפליקס משכה את שידור תוכנית הספיישל של קוסבי שאמורה הייתה לעלות בסוף החודש
  • למה הסלבס עוטים פתאום שפמים?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    בימים אלה מציינים בעולם ובישראל את חודש מובמבר להעלאת המודעות לסרטן הערמונית ובריאות הגבר. עומר דרור, מאיר אדוני, עידו מוסרי ואפילו בנות המין היפה גילת אנקורי וח"כ תמנו שטה הצטרפו לקמפיין המסורתי
  • מי הגיע להשקת העונה החדשה של "מחוברים"?

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    הקייטרינג היה מעולה, היין זרם כמים והסלבס מילאו כל פינה על גג גן העיר בהשקת העונה החדשה של סדרת הדגל של HOT, שחוזרת בקרוב למסכים
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    Niv Calderon

  • טכנולוגיה לבישה ואני: אחרי הרצאה כפולה מול כתות ח׳

    Niv Calderon
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    היום העברתי שתי הרצאות של 45 דקות, אחת אחרי השניה, על טכנולוגיות לבישות בשכבת ח׳ בבית ספר ברמת גן. זה היה כל כך מגניב! 1- הקירות בבית הספר מלאים בערכים כמו יזמות, מנהיגות, הובלה כשלידם עוד טקסטים המתארים את החשיבות בלדעת להציג פרזנטציה, לקרוא מספרים וטבלאות והחשיבות שבנטוורקינג. זה פנטסטי. 2- ל- 90% מהילדים יש […]
  • מחשוב לביש והחוויה האנושית: מחשבות ותמונות

    Niv Calderon
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    אתמול אחר הצהריים דיברתי מול קהל של מהנדסים בכנס בבית מלון בים המלח. איזה כיף היה! 80 מהנדסים ומהנדסות ישבו על התחת שעה וחצי ונשארו עד הסוף כדי להשתתף ולשאול המון שאלות. ההדגמה של הגלאס על הבמה עברה מעולה, כולם הרימו ידיים להתנדב ולהתנסות! התגובות האותנטיות של שני אנשים על הבמה עשו את זה לגמרי לכל […]
  • כמה מילים על ההרצאה שלי על מחשוב לביש

    Niv Calderon
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    בקבוצת Wearable Valley שנפתחה במאי השנה הגענו ל 807 יוזרים. במגזין המחשוב הלביש בפליפבורד יש כבר 591 מנויים ואתם מוזמנים להצטרף לשם וגם לשם. 2 אירועי קהילה נוצרו תחת השם Wearable Valley והיד נטויה. אני מחפש אנשים מעניינים לדבר איתם על מחשוב לביש, אם אתם כאלה, דברו איתי כי יש לי משהו מעניין בקנה. ההרצאה מחר בים המלח […]
  • Safety & Global Warming : 2 Ways Wearables Will Impact Us

    Niv Calderon
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Making a difference. Period. Recently I’ve been thinking about the role of wearables in our lives. Wearables must differentiate themselves from regular mobile devices or from being a technology driven fashion statement or else they’ll be considered gadgets for people with fetish and other geeks. Wearables have the opportunity to be things that make a difference in […]
  • Why I Started Wearable Valley

    Niv Calderon
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This is the first newsletter I ever send on behalf of myself. It’s quite exciting I have to say. I’ve embedded the Wearable Valley Newsletter below, but newsletters have a nature of disappearing after a year, here is the PDF version of it. You can subscribe to the Wearable Valley newsletter to get it to your email whenever […]
 
 
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Jews Bear the Brunt for Naive Hatred of Israel

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Sydney Morning Herald-Australia) Paul Sheehan - Tuesday's attack at a Jerusalem synagogue was the latest in a series of attacks on Jews by Palestinians in recent weeks, the same blood fever that has led hundreds of young men, and some young women, to travel from throughout the Muslim diaspora to join the butchery of Islamic State. The core basis of hostility to Israel is a lack of acknowledgement that most of the constrictive actions Israel has taken in the Palestinian territories - the walls, roadblocks, security restrictions - have been in reaction to an intransigent Palestinian political…
  • U.S. Lawmakers Warn Abbas: Curb Incitement or Risk American Aid

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (JTA) Top congressional appropriators wrote to PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to remind him that U.S. "aid is predicated on the Palestinian Authority's commitment to countering terrorism and pursuing a comprehensive peace with Israel....U.S. law also clearly stipulates that the Palestinian Authority must act to counter the incitement of violence against Israelis in order to continue receiving U.S. assistance." The letter was signed by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, and Rep. Kay…
  • Israeli Device Helping Brain Tumor Patients Live Longer

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Ha'aretz) Brain tumor patients can extend their lives by wearing a device on their scalp that creates an alternating electric field, Novocure, a commercial stage oncology company founded by Yoram Palti, a former Hebrew University and Technion professor of physiology and biophysics, announced Saturday. The system, in combination with standard chemotherapy, extended the lives of patients in a phase III trial by three months overall. The percentage of patients surviving two years increased from 29% to 43%. "A new standard of care for patients suffering from glioblastoma is born," said Dr. Roger…
  • Syrian Islamists Attack Government-Held Town near Israel

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters)Suleiman Al-Khalidi - About 2,000 fighters from al-Qaeda's Nusra Front and other insurgents attacked and briefly entered Baath City in southern Syria on Thursday, the Syrian army's last major bastion in Quneitra province flanking the Golan Heights along Israel's northeastern border. The insurgents were pushed back to the outskirts on Thursday, activists said. Hundreds of Nusra fighters who fled from the eastern Deir al-Zor province after being driven out by Islamic State earlier this year have regrouped in southern Syria, boosting the rebel presence there, activists say. Most of…
  • European Academic Involvement in Occupied Territory

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Chronicle of Higher Education) Eugene Kontorovich - While efforts by academic groups to impose boycotts on Israeli universities have gotten considerable attention, the widespread participation by mainstream universities in collaborations with institutions located in occupied territories has escaped notice. Turkey has established 10 universities and many colleges in Northern Cyprus since seizing one third of the island in 1974. Yet universities in Northern Cyprus have won wide cooperation from institutions and academics elsewhere. Professors from Ariel University in the West Bank were barred…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | igoogledisrael.com

  • Mount Arbel in the Galilee: majestic cliffs, stunning views, and hikes galore!

    Ashley
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Mount Arbel is a stunning mountain in the Lower Galilee that overlooks the Sea of Galilee. And oh boy, does it provide some amazing vistas of the area! Its wonderful cliffs are seen for miles around, but actually being at the top of the cliffs is one of those must-do moments – it truly is a magical place to catch some amazing views of the Golan Heights, and even of Mount Hermon. And not only the views are mouth-watering, there are some spectacular hikes in the area, including access to part of the Jesus Trail. The national park that is located here also includes remnants of an ancient…
  • Tel Aviv bar voted the Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa!

    Ashley
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    We knew there were some cracking bars in Tel Aviv (here are some of our long-standing faves), but earlier this month the legendary Drinks International magazine voted the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar as the best bar in the Middle East and Africa! OK, it might not be the typical beer-guzzling joint you were expecting, but The Imperial is the very best place to go for specialty cocktails, at least according to some 330 nightlife and alcohol experts who voted for it. Located in the Imperial Hotel on HaYarkon Street, this bar is a must-see just to check out the awesome knowledge of the bartenders,…
  • Driving into Jerusalem to visit the Old City? Things just got a little easier…

    Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    If you’re looking to drive into Jerusalem to visit the Old City, a new shuttle service has made things so much easier! Even though we’ve been here for years, driving into Jerusalem has always been a bit of a headache, especially when we’re not so familiar with the route, where to park, etc. We’re guessing you’re in a similar boat… Starting in October 2014, the Municipality of Jerusalem has started a new service: you can now park near the old train station, hop on a shuttle to the Old City, tour the holy sites, and shuttle right back to your car – all for…
  • Robbie Williams lines up a summer 2015 concert in Israel!

    Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Looks like the summer 2015 concerts are already being lined up – Robbie Williams is on his way to Tel Aviv next summer! With the recent troubles seemingly over and peace and goodwill restored to all men (but not terrorists), concert promoters are now working overtime to make summer 2015 a biggie for music fans in Israel! After the confirmation that legendary US rockers KISS will be performing here in 2015, Robbie Williams is the next big name on the list. Williams has never performed in Israel, and with his career not quite in the superstardom ranks it was maybe 5-10 years ago, it seems…
  • AMAZING Yom Kippur photos that show just how unique this holiday is…

    Ashley
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Yom Kippur is Israel’s unique gift to the world. A 25 hour glimpse of life without the hustle and bustle of traffic, mindless reality TV, and people that generally suck. Because Yom Kippur just makes all that crap vanish for a few hours… If you need more details, click here for more about the ins and outs of this unique Jewish holiday. Here are some of the pictures we’ve come across, or taken ourselves, which in our opinion, sum up Yom Kippur perfectly… Photo by Daniel Bar On Photo by Ofir Cohen – click to BIG! Photo by Itay Levin Photo by Moti Milrod Photo by…
 
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • The Status Quo Myth

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    With tensions still high in Jerusalem and throughout the rest of Israel, the latest buzzword that is being bounced around in the regional and international media is “status quo”. More specifically, Israel is accused by the Arabs and their supporters of trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount while senior government officials in Washington praise Israel for easing restrictions to Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount in order to preserve the status quo. Similarly, within Israel itself various Jewish MKs criticize other Jewish MKs who insist on ascending the Temple Mount…
  • The Battle for Jerusalem

    Yoel Meltzer
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Months of constant Arab rioting on the Temple Mount and throughout the eastern parts of the city, as well as a spate of recent terrorist attacks, all point to the undeniable fact that the battle for Jerusalem has begun. Although it’s true that many Israeli Jews would prefer to continue living in a comfortable state of denial rather than acknowledging this unpleasant fact, events are quickly making this option impossible. For unlike Tel Aviv or Haifa, Jerusalem is not just another Israeli city. Likewise, it is much more than merely the home of Israel’s parliament. Simply stated, Jerusalem…
  • The God Factor

    Yoel Meltzer
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    A major difference between the two sides involved in the ongoing conflict in Gaza is that while Hamas is fighting for what they believe to be a sense of justice, Israel is fighting to restore calm (“quiet will be met with quiet”). Moreover, although we can say that Hamas’s justice is warped or based upon lies and evil, it doesn’t matter. They believe in something and they’re ready to die for it while the Jewish leaders of Israel, descendants of spiritual giants who brought faith and monotheism to the world, for the most part don’t believe in anything beyond…
  • Food For Thought: Rockets from Gaza

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    If every one of the roughly 3,300 rockets launched from Gaza in the current conflict had killed at least one Israeli, something clearly possible since we’re not talking about firecrackers, would the world still have criticized Israel for responding disproportionately? Think about it.
  • Temple Mount Event in Tel Aviv – Brief Summary

    Yoel Meltzer
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The following is a brief summary of a recent event on the subject of the Temple Mount that I organized (together with the Tel Aviv International Salon) in Tel Aviv: In answer to several inquiries that I received, the event in Tel Aviv was mixed. On the one hand the place (Brodt Cener) was very nice, clean and intimate (the TA Intl Salon found the place) and there was a nice turnout of roughly 150 people. On the other hand, although Dr. Gabi Barkay and MK Moshe Feiglin came, MK Ruth Calderon cancelled about 30 minutes before the start of the event. Thus the much anticipated discussion/debate…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 23-Nov-14: Global terror: just how well did we think the world was doing?

    This Ongoing War
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Image SourceFor only the second time, a systematic ranking of global terrorism by country has just been published and it has some startling findings.The 2014 edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), produced by an organization modestly named Institute for Economics & Peace, headquartered in Sydneyis an attempt to systematically rank the nations of the world according to terrorist activity. The index combines a number of factors associated with terrorist attacks to build an explicit picture of the impact of terrorism over a 10-year period, illustrating trends, and providing a data…
  • 23-Nov-14: Partial reporting from the lethal Gaza border

    This Ongoing War
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    The BBC has a major story to tell at this hour:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30166957A cold-blooded attempt by trigger-happy IDF soldiers to raise the body count? Maybe. But why does the BBC not also report what Israeli news channels have been reporting since early this morning? That two Palestinian Arabs — one armed with a grenade — were detained near the Kerem Shalom crossing (on the Israel/Gaza border) after infiltrating into Israeli territory just a short time before. Times of Israel knows it. The Jerusalem Post knows it. For crying out loud, even the Palestinian Maan News…
  • 23-Nov-14: Who cares about rebuilding Gazan lives?

    This Ongoing War
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Kerem Shalom crossing seen from the Israeli side, August 2014More than an ordinary stream of trucks; a lifeline [Image Source]If you have not already seen our post from earlier today (including video) of Hamas trumpeting the tunnels they are busy digging and/or repairing in order to murder more Jews ["23-Nov-14: Gaza's wealth and where it is - and is not - going"], please do that before reading on. It's at the top of the list of messages Hamas is delivering to its captive population and the larger Arabic-speaking world.Back? OK, so if it's not the thugs of Hamas (and it is surely not), who is…
  • 23-Nov-14: Gaza's wealth and where it is - and is not - going

    This Ongoing War
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Khaled Mashaal: Almost inconceivably wealthyHamas top dog, in his non-Gaza residenceA flurry of recent reports, like this one from Haaretz and a post of ours ["16-Nov-14: Gazan money, Gazan terror"], say that Hamas is now the world's second wealthiest terror organization. It has income on the order of a billion US dollars per year. And it's not just the organization: among its kleptocratic leadership are some newly-super-wealthy career-terrorists, prominent among them Mousa Abu Marzouk and Khaled Mashaal, Arafat would have admired their cynical brazenness.Keep that in…
  • 22-Nov-14: What youths and children are good for

    This Ongoing War
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The children are always innocent.But what of the people who educate and equip them?We posted here some weeks back ["07-Nov-14: In reporting terror, what the perpetrators and their victims are called is part of the war"] about the practice in some parts of the media to use descriptive words like "youth" and "man" in highly subjective ways. A pedestrian mowed down by a murder-minded Arab in Jerusalem is called a "17-year-old man"; the victim was, of course, an Israeli. Meanwhile, a "20-year-old youth" attacked police; he is, of course, a Palestinian Arab. There are other instances of this…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Facebook down in parts of the world

    Erik Zimerman
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Updates to follow.    
  • Gaza – The Big Picture and What Israel Should Do (have done)

    Erik Zimerman
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Nearing what could be the end, or hopefully simply a lull, of this round of fighting in Gaza, it is important to take a step back, look at the big picture, and see what Israel if anything has achieved in what it should have achieved. Throughout this latest conflict I have published several articles discussing various aspects like Kerry’s intervention and The Tactics and Strategy and The demonstrations and Media. I have also covered, the Obama administration’s position and attempt to pressure Israel, and Israel’s flawed PR efforts. War Against The Tunnels How it Began The Danger of…
  • Kerry, Scolded, Breaks After Lighthouse Article

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    After the release of my devastating article, the pushover John Kerry backtracks and scrambles to excuse his attempted bullying of Israel, pretending that he did not attempt to pressure Israel into a surrender,… i mean ceasefire…  The Proof.by saying it was Netanyahu’s idea. Though this is clearly and a well documented lie, (yes Netanyahu may have raised the idea of a certain type of ceasefire with security guarantees, not the kerry-qatari-turkish Israeli surrender)… it’s now public record…. Bibi the US is NOT pressuring you into a ceasefire……
  • John Kerry – the man trying to save Hamas by bullying Israel (destroyed)

    Erik Zimerman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Article Sections Obama could have hardly found a more willing partner than John Kerry, to find form to his virulently anti-Israel policies. From the “creative” backdoor sanctions, using the FAA to attempt to close Israel to air traffic (reported earlier in this article), to traditional massive political pressure and the UN security council, Kerry has thrown everything the administration can muster at Israel in order to stop the IDF from achieving its objectives and defeating the terrorist regime next door. Though Israel can handle Hamas, as Danny Dannon recently stated, it needs a…
  • 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…
 
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Food Giant Osem to Build Large Ice Cream Factory in Arad

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced that the "Osem" company would be opening a factory in Arad to take the place of Arad Towels, which closed last week leaving hundreds unemployed. The largest ice cream factory in the Middle East will be built in the city of Arad.   Read the full article at IsraelNationalNews.com   More IsraelNationalNews.com
  • Halotherapy or Salt Therapy Using Dead Sea Salt

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Salt Therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt aerosol is dispersed into a room where the walls and floor are covered with layers of salt. A negative ion and antibacterial environment is created by the layering of salt on the walls and floor. The dry salt aerosol is a key factor in the relief of symptoms for many health problems including respiratory and skin conditions. The Salt Suite in Florida uses only the finest quality dry salt from the Dead Sea.   Visit the website at TheSaltSuite.com
  • Arad Towels Closes in Double Blow for Negev Town

    Sue Schoenfeld
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After 40 years, the Arad Towels factory, which provided a living for many of the residents of Arad, has closed down. Most of its production will shortly be transferred to the US. Some 200 workers have been laid off. In addition, Flextronics, which provides contract production services to electronics companies, intends to lay off 15 employees at its production site in the city. The employees have been summoned for pre-dismissal hearings in the past few days, because of a drop in the volume of activity, senior managers at the company said.   Update October 27, 2014 - Liberman in Arad: We…
  • A Drone Flies Over the Dead Dea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
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  • Israeli, Jordanian Researchers Team on Leishmaniasis Treatment

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Researchers from Israel and Jordan are seeking a treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis in a new project, initiated by Israeli research company Pharmaseed. Four partners have been recruited for the project: the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, which has identified 70 plant extracts that may be relevant for fighting the parasite; the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Pharmaseed, and Jordan University of Science and Technology.   Read the full article at Globes.co.il
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