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A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

The Rolling Stones/ Wikipedia - Miss-Sophie.

Speaking out

Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process, she became a national symbol who helped destigmatize rape in the country.

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Rock and Rolling TLV!

Now it’s confirmed: the legendary Rolling Stones will perform in Tel-Aviv on June 4 as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour. The concert had been rumored for months, but organizers were only able to announce the official confirmation at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. This announcement also comes after threats and pressure from BDS group, who makes constant attempts to make artists cancel visits to Israel, while telling their regular lies.

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Chuck Norris – an Israeli idol

What makes dozens of grown up, serious people – including a Knesset member, a pilot, senior academics and an Israeli consul – participate in a conference glorifying American action film star as the creator of the universe? What made Chuck Norris the new Israeli idol?

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A chance to win the World Cup?

The Israeli national soccer team has almost made the cut to enter the FIFA World Cup this summer. Now, it appears the team may have a chance to win the cup after all. US Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dan Coates (R-Ind.) in their letter last week urged FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter to suspend Russia from the World Cup in Brazil as punishment for its takeover of Crimea. Should the head of international soccer’s governing body heeds the suggestion, Israel would participate in the 2014 World Cup. Fingers crossed!

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Unmanned aircraft for the World Cup

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems said it was awarded a contract by the Brazilian Air Force to supply an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that will be used for safety and security missions during this summer's World Cup.

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British science reaches Israel

On Tuesday, a major two-day UK and Israel conference opened in Haifa, Israel. The event, an initiative of the British Embassy and British Council in Israel, was part of the second BIRAX Regenerative Medicine conference, and focused on furthering joint research on stem cell therapies. The conference’s guest of honor was David Willetts, UK’s minister of state for universities and science.

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What happens when Waze is being hacked?

Students from the Israeli Technion technological institute created a program that is able to disrupt Waze’s advanced navigation systems, causing it to report fictitious traffic jams that redirected routes on the popular GPS platform. This “project” was meant to help Waze prevent similar cyber-attacks in the future.

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An innovative self-cleaning solar park

At Kibbutz Ketura, operates the world’s first ever autonomously-cleaned solar energy production facility. Each night, the 20-acre facility is cleaned by 100 Israeli-made robots, which brush and clean the hundreds of solar panels, generating 9 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

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Bringing Brazil to Orthodox Jerusalem

Watch brothers Miki and Yehuda Hayat perform the Brazilian Martial Art, Capoeira, in the streets of Jerusalem, within the Orthodox community there.

 

 

Free TB/HIV treatment for Israeli patients

To mark World Tuberculosis Day last Monday, the Health Ministry announced that patients suffering from AIDS, TB or carriers of HIV would be treated at the expense of the state. According to the Health Ministry’s TB and AIDS department, in 2012, the rate of tuberculosis patients in Israel was among the lowest in the world – 6.4 per 100,000 residents.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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