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Justin Timberlake, a new Israeli export to Hollywood, World Cup and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

November 11, 2013 | 11:47 am

Wix goes public

Israeli startup Wix, had a 119 million dollar IPO launch this Wednesday. The company, based in Tel-Aviv, helps users build their own customized website and works to make website design easier. It's available in multiple languages in 190 countries and is growing at a rate of 34,000 new registered users per day. According to Forbes, This will be the one of the biggest Israeli U.S. IPOs since 2010.

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A little less hate in sports

After witnessing several cases of discrimination towards Israel in the world of sports in the past few months, haters are finally being punished. Last month, the Tunisian federation ordered the country’s top player to withdraw from a match against an Israeli at a tournament in Uzbekistan. After the International Tennis Federation ruled unanimously that the Tunisian Tennis Federation (TTF) was in breach of the ITF’s constitution, Tunisia was suspended from the Davis Cup for a year.

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Ever wondered what does Israel look like in the eyes of an Israeli teenager? Have you ever wanted to learn a little bit more about the younger side of Israel? A website called Eye2Israel takes the non-Israeli visitor on a varied journey to the world of the Israeli teen. Through personal columns, through politics, sports, culture and more, a group of English-Speaking Israeli teens can give you a glance into their world.

To visit Eye2Israelm go here.



The new King of Pop will (maybe) take over Tel-Aviv

While there has yet been an official confirmation, there's a chance no other than Justin Timberlake will land in Israel in 2014. After Rihanna's second performance here last month and reports of an upcoming Beyonce' concert, Timberlake is marked as the next big artist to add "Park HaYarkon, Tel-Aviv" to his list of concerts.

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Girl just wants to have fun (In Israel)

An and artist whose arrival here has been confirmed is pop-star, Cyndi Lauper. Lauper, one of the most successful American artists in the 80's will arrive in Israel for one concert this winter, which will be held on January 4 at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena. The concert is expected to include Lauper's biggest hits, alongside stories from the recording of the album and experiences from her rise to stardom.

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The first Israeli-Syrian baby

This week, for the first time, a Syrian refugee gave birth in an Israeli hospital. The woman, a 20-year-old nurse, came across the border alone, and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. This story was one of the biggest stories of the week here in Israel, and led to a wave of support from Israelis as well as people around the world.

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Another export to Hollywood

Another Israeli format is on its way to Hollywood. After dozens of Israeli formats being sold to American networks, it has been announced this week that television series "The Prime Minister's Children," has been sold to CW. The Israeli show follows the family of Prime Minister Shaul Agmon (played by Rami Heuberger), his wife and two children, whose life changes from one end to the other upon entering the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem. The American version of the show will be produced by Sarah Timberman of Timberman/Beverly Productions, which is responsible for drama series "Masters of Sex," among others. The script will be written by former "Gossip Girl" and "Grey's Anatomy" writer Natalie Krinsky, whose parents are Israeli.

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World Cup trophy lands in Israel

Yesterday, football’s most coveted prize arrived in Israel. The traditional World Cup trophy's journey around the world includes a 92,000-mile tour that will reach 89 countries in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which starts June 12 in São Paulo. The trophy was welcomed at a state ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport in the presence of Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, Brazil's ambassador to Israel and key figures in Israeli soccer.

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See the world cup itself, after it landed in Israel:




Israel-Poland scientific cooperation

This past week, Israel signed a memorandum of understanding with Poland in the first-ever scientific cooperation effort between the two countries. The agreement, which will take effect at the beginning of 2014, was signed by ministry Director-General Bina Bar-On and Poland’s deputy science and education minister, Prof. Mark Rateizek.

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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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