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The Pixies, NBA history, award winning T.V series and more…This week from Israel.

by Noga Gur-Arieh

June 23, 2014 | 11:34 am

Starbucks - now using Israeli technology (Chitrapa/Wikipedia)

Starbucks embrace new Israel technology

Talk about a major BDS fail! Tables in Starbucks coffee shops are to be outfitted with Israeli-developed Powermat charging pad technology, where customers can place their compatible devices and charge them wirelessly. The Powermats are being marketed by battery manufacturer Duracell, a subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble which partnered with the Israeli company in 2011 to market the technology in the US.

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New Israel- Michigan deal

Michigan and Israel have signed an agreement to jointly support industrial research and development projects. The deal signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Israel’s Midwest Consul General Roey Gilad calls for issuing a request for proposals from for-profit business collaborations between Michigan and Israeli companies.

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David Blatt, Maccabi Tel-Aviv's coach, is making history in the NBA

David Blatt, Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s coach in the past four years, is about to become the first Israeli coach in the NBA. Blatt, who led Maccabi Tel-Aviv to victory in the 2014 Euroleague, is about to sign with the Cavaliers a three -year deal worth about $10 million with a fourth-year team option that includes incentives, according to ESPN. He is about to become the third Israeli in the NBA, after players Omri Caspi and Gal Mekel. 

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Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer won Best Actor award in Monte Carlo festival

Israeli series Hostages won the Best International Drama Series award at the 54th annual Golden Nymph Awards ceremony held in Monaco last week as part of the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Hostages lead actress Ayelet Zurer, took home the Best Actor in a Drama Series award.

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Sinead O’Connor falls into BDS oblivion

Singer Sinead O’Connor, who is scheduled to perform in Israel on September 11,  is attempting to back out of a scheduled performance, saying that she was “unaware pro-Palestinian groups had called on her to boycott Israel.” Should she cancel her concert, the Irish singer would be the first musician in a long time to cancel a show here, due to anti-Israeli pressure. Hey, Sinead, if it’s good enough for Justin Timberlake, it should be good enough for you!

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First ever golf tournament in Israel

For the first time ever, a professional golf tournament will be staged in Israel, with the final event of the Alps Tour scheduled to be held at the Caesarea Golf Club from October 20-26 of this year. The tour’s top 50 players will compete for the Israel Masters Champion prize of 70,000 euros, funded by the Edmond de Rothschild Bank.

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Israel marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On June 15, the world mentioned the Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Israel, a voluntary organization working out of Yad Sarah chapters around the country intervenes to curb elderly abuse and give legal advice, but the 850 people served so far is just a drop in the bucket, given the prevalence of the problem.

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HOME

Last year, members of the pro-Israel organization StandWithUs hosted a prominent YouTube rapper Eppic, in Israel to experience the beauty and diversity of the country. Eppic joined two finalists from Israel's The Voice - Daniella Millo and Rudi Baynesay – to sing about what it means to be home - in Israel. This week, Eppic launched the beautiful music video, HOME. Enjoy!

 


Israeli Mysteries

If you’ve ever seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, you know that the history of the Holy Land is filled with intriguing mysteries. Check out this list of other perplexing mysteries in Israel, some from thousands of years ago and others are more recent…

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Welcome, Pixies!

On Tuesday, legendary rock band, The Pixies, took the stage at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, Israel, for the first time. To the sound of thousands screaming fans, Black Francis, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin took us back to the 90’s.

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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.

I am very socially...

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