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This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

February 18, 2013 | 11:14 am

Barbie and Ken tour Israel

Enrico Pescantini and Maria Giovanna Callea vacationed in Israel this past August. Like any other tourists, they visited Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem , the Dead Sea, and all the rest of Israel's best. However, the Italian couple did get some weird looks when they stopped for  a picture. Instead of capturing themselves, the couple took photos of Barbie and Ken dolls, traveling across Israel. Now, the "Barbie Loves Israel" exhibition is on display at Milan's Kitsch Bar, Corso Sempione 5, until February 20.

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Soon- Mass Challange in Israel

Startup accelerator MassChallenge announced plans to launch next month a sister program in Israel — its first expansion outside the Hub — with the support of a four-year commitment from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The big news was announced during Mass Challenge's fourth session which took place in Boston.

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Israeli-French team to cure genetic syndromes

An Israeli-French team of scientists has developed an innovative technique that they believe will cure numerous rare genetic syndromes in babies, such as defects in the fingernails, teeth, skull, facial bones and more.

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One small step for an Israeli man, one giant leap for mankind?

According to Enon Landenberg, the head of commercial marketing at SpaceIL, an Israeli vessel will be placed on the moon by 2015. Last week he told The Times of Israel: “People did think it was a joke when we started two years ago, and even now we get that to some extent , but SpaceIL is not only not a joke, it will set the agenda for science education and research in Israel in the future, we believe.”

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Rita in her biggest performance yet

On March 5, Rita, the Israeli mega star singer, will perform at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Rita will be joining an exclusive group who enjoyed this honor, such as Beyonce'. Rita, who was born in Iran, will perform songs in Persian from her latest album, "My Joys," which is a major success in Iran's black market. 

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A deputy police commissioner resigned after Tweeting a quote by Hitler

Rachel Frosh, a deputy police and crime commissioner in Hertfordshire, England,  tweeted a message last week that seemed to be comparing political opponents to Nazis. As reported, the message sent from her Twitter account said: “Dear Socialists, embrace your inner Nazism,” and contained an attachment of a picture of the Nazi dictator. Although stating that she does not remember sending this message, Frosh resigned last Thursday due to the harsh consequences of the message.

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Israeli show-jumpers on their way to Rio's Olympics

Danielle Goldstein, a world-class equestrian, wants to fulfill her Zionist dream: assemble the first Israeli Olympic show jumping team for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Two chefs published a cookbook and became symbols of peace

Two London- based chefs, Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli, and Sami Tamimi, a Palestinian,published a bestselling cookbook, "Jerusalem." It is based on their memories of their shared city and its delicious food. But other than becoming the authors of a bestseller, the two also became a symbol of peace due to their inspiring partnership. 

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Elliott Gould makes us Jews proud!

The Washington Jewish Film Festival returns with 55 films from 15 different countries and with guest star Elliott Gould. The festival's primary cause is to promote and preserve Jewish culture and tradition, while still touching audiences from around the world, this year, with Gould's help.

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Watch Gould at an interview about the festival

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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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