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Mourning Paul and Seffy, lighting up Africa, changing the UN and more -This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

December 9, 2013 | 12:35 pm

Goodbye, Seffy

Only a week after Israeli lost one of its greatest musicians, Arik Einstein, we all said goodbye to one our greatest comedians. Israeli actor and comedian Yosef (Seffy) Rivlin died Tuesday at the age of 66. Rivlin, who battled cancer for many years and even lost his voice as a result of the disease, was hospitalized for two weeks ago in serious condition at the hospice at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, where he passed away.

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Australia stands by Israel

Australia’s new government has shifted its voting pattern at the United Nations, for the reason of refusing to support what it considered “one-sided anti-Israel resolutions.” The result: Australia’s UN delegate abstained from two votes earlier this month at the General Assembly: one condemning the expansion of Jewish settlements and another calling for the Geneva Convention to apply in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Is this the first step on the UN’s way of becoming less biased?

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An unexpected invitation

It is not just Australia that is helping the UN take a more balanced towards Israel: For the first time, Israel has been invited to join the "Western European and Others" regional group at the UN Human Rights Council. This marks a major diplomatic achievement that significantly increases Jerusalem’s ability to advance its interests at the Geneva-based body. The Human Rights Council is not known for maintaining an objective point of view, condemning Israel more than countries that significantly violate human rights, such as Syria or China. 

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The biggest cupcake Hanukkiah in the world!

The biggest cupcake Hanukkiah in the world was presented this past week in the city of Ra’anana, Israel. It reached a height of 2.3 meters and was comprised of 500 individual cupcakes hand-made by Janine Strauss, the owner of the cupcake company Bella Bella. Proceeds from the sale of cupcakes on the first branch were donated to Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel's leading organization for children with disabilities and their families.

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What does Apple have planned in Israel?

Jonathan Medved,  a leading American Israeli Venture Capitalist, explains in an interview to CNN why is the Israeli high tech sector continue to bloom. Plus, shares Apple’s future plans at the Start Up Nation.

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A wireless charger?

Yes, indeed! The future is here! Every cellphone owner has experienced the depressing moment when their battery dies at the most inconvenient of times.  Veteran Israeli entrepreneurs Victor Vaisleib and Ortal Alpert joined together to create a radical solution to charge a phone without a charger – using infrared light.

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Honoring lone soldiers during Hanukkah

While Americans across Israel chowed down on turkey latkes and cranberry sufganiyot during the eight nights of Hanukkah, lone soldiers originally from the land of the free also got to join in the festivities at a number of parties organized in their honor thanks to Nefesh B'Nefesh,American Jewish Committee, and the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center.

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An Iranian and an Israeli sing for Christmas

Not the beginning of a joke. The Iran-Israel relationship is not only about nuclear weapon, it is also about friendship and even holiday spirit. An exiled Iranian singer and a young Israeli singer have recorded a duet for Christmas in English, which is a cover version of an Israeli song.

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Lighting up Africa

Innovation: Africa, an Israeli organization that specializes in bringing power to the power-less in Africa, managed to bring light to hundreds of thousands of children in Africa. By installing Israeli-developed solar energy systems, Innovation: Africa gave the kids not only the gift of light, but that of time as well; with the extra hours of light, schools are able to run evening programs, giving children greater opportunities to learn how to read and write. The project is unique in Africa and it recently won a top award from the United Nations.

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Gal Gadot mourns Paul Walker

Israel is not the only country to mourn the loss of a cultural icon this week. Paul Walker, star of Fast and Furious series, lost his life in a tragic car crash this past week. Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who co-starred in the action films, said goodbye to her good friend: "Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic... Hard to believe… Paul was a great man with a big heart and passion for life. I'm so sad he's no longer with us. Can't believe I'm actually writing this… I'm sending my condolences to his family and his precious daughter Meadow. Rest in peace brother. We will miss you here."

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Although Hanukkah is behind us, we can still enjoy the holiday spirit: a new hit by The Maccabeats is taking over the Jewish World, and if you haven’t heard it yet, now is the time to sit back and enjoy!

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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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