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BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

Connected by sea


Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would produce millions of cubic meters of drinking water for the parched region and slake the critically dwindling Dead Sea.

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Making a statement – fighting BDS

A truly touching act. As the BDS movement continues its attempts to pressure into boycotting Israel, one of the world's finest pianists, Evgeny Kissin publicly stands with Israel. To show his support, he even took an Israeli citizenship.

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Israeli cuisine at its finest

Shakshuka, Falafel, Hummus – how do Israeli top chefs manage to make Israeli food taste so good? Watch this video of Chef Michael Solomonov, an Israeli born American who travels all over Israel. Watch him taste the fine Israeli cuisine and talk about how ethnic traditions from across the diaspora have been incorporated into one diverse Israeli cuisine. 

 

A show of support from The Guardian

A show of support from The Guardian? It may be very hard to believe, but it happened- The Guardian’s writer Alexander Ryvchin, responded to Australia’s show of support in Israel at the UN, saying that Australia is right to challenge the UN's anti-Israel bias.

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The 2013 Israeli Business Conference

The annual Israel Business Conference, which took place this week in Tel-Aviv, is the leading economic event in Israel. Each year, it brings together Israel's leaders, key world economic players, scholars, decision-makers, top executives, and diplomats, as well as promising young innovators and entrepreneurs. The 2013 conference dealt with the economic challenges in 2013, and aimed to identify measures and solutions to achieve a better future. More than 3000 people worldwide attended the talked-about event, which had Prof. Stanley Fischer, President Shimon Peres, Prof. Alan Dershowitz and more as keynote speakers.

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Jerusalem – a tourists’ favorite

Leading travel website TripAdvisor.com has announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers' Choice (TM) Awards for Destinations on the Rise, ranking Israel's capital city of Jerusalem in the fourth place. The awards highlight 54 spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest, year-over-year. They include several categories such as hotels, all-inclusive resorts, islands and restaurants.

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Singer Rita spoke at the House of Lords in London

After performing at the United Nations in March, Israeli singer Rita made an appearance at another respectable institution: On Thursday, the Iranian-born artist arrived at the British Parliament's House of Lords in London, where she spoke at an event called "Women in Music," focusing on the empowerment of women.

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The $860 million camera

Covidien Plc, an Irish company, is about to make its fourth purchase of an Israeli medical device company. The company will soon purchase Given Imaging Ltd., an Israeli firm that developed a swallowable camera to diagnose problems in the digestive tract. Given Imaging Ltd. will be purchased for about $860 million, as reported last week.

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Celebrate Christmas in Israel!

True, Israel is the home of the Jews and officially considered a Jewish state, but that does not mean we don’t know how to celebrate Christmas. For many Israeli Christians and Christian tourists, The Holy Land is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas. In fact, a record two million Christian tourists are expected to visit the Holy Land by the end of 2013, according to the Israeli Tourism Ministry.

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Israel in the 19th century. In color.

The United States Library of Congress has published this fascinating collection of photos documenting the country between the First Zionist Aliyah and the Second Aliyah. The pictures were refurbished so that black and white photos were colored, presenting the viewer a glance at the Israel of the 19th century.

View this must-see album here

 

 

Best of Hanukkah videos

Ynetnews.com shared with its readers the Top 10 Hanukkah videos of all times. Some are classics we all know and love, some are brand new, but all of them share a common theme: Celebrating the Festival of Lights.

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