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This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 18, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Who is the perfect Israeli flight mate?

504 Israelis over the age of 18 participated in a new survey, dealing with the Israeli passenger's in-flight habits. Who were their ideal seat mates?

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Blame it on the Jews?

Britain's Labor Party member,  Nazir Ahmed, was imprisoned after a fatal car crsah, and later suspended from the party. He was accused of dangerous driving after sending multiple text messages, shortly before the accident. Guess who he thought should take the blame for his imprisonment?

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Americans support of Israelis at its peak

A recent poll shows that 64% of Americans sympathize with the Israelis- the highest percentage of support in the last 22 years. This high percentage of support was last presented during the Gulf War in 1991.

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Israeli-Arab education will soon receive a boost of growth

Manuel Trajtenberg, chairman of the budgeting and planning committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel, interviewed, explaining Israel's six-year project to improve its Arab community's job prospects.

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Love kills terrorism

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina launched the campaign "Amor Mata Atentado (love kills terrorism) ahead of the 21st remembrance day of the terrorist attack on the embassy, which took the lives of 28 people. The campaign, which was highly covered by main Argentinian media, features four stories which symbolize the continuation of life and love after the tragic attack.

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The Israeli who saved Facebook

Nir Goldshlager, a staff member at the Israeli cyber-security firm Avnet, was recognized for protecting Facebook twice in one year from security breaches. Goldshlager ‘s name appeared at the top of the list in Fcebook's security "hall of fame" featured on a page thanking "white hat" hackers, “for making a responsible disclosure to us, on behalf of over a billion users.”

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An app that understands your culinary taste?

Yes, it exists. A group of young Israelis has created a brand new app, which will find you the right place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. LikeEat doesn't only find you the restaurant closest to your whereabouts,but also recognizes your personal taste, and provides you with a customized list of restaurants. Moreover, the app is also a social network, which recommends to you the places your friends liked or didn't like, so you will be guaranteed the perfect place to dine. Currently, the app works only in Israel, but according to one of the developers, Ben Diamand, it may branch out of Israel as well. In the meantime, don't forget to download it to your iPhones before your next visit in Israel.

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Hiking for Pollard

Students from Amit Catzor a religious school in northern Israel ,will begin a hiking trek to Jerusalem, in an effort to free Jonathan Pollard. During the trek, the students will circulate a petition demanding that the U.S. release Pollard. When they arrive in Jerusalem, the students will present the petitions to the U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, in the hope that he will present them to U.S. President  Barack Obama, due for a visit here this week.

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Queen Barbra to visit Israel

The one and only, the legendary Jewish American singer, Barbra Streisand, is scheduled to perform in Israel in June. She will also participate in the opening night of the Israeli Presidential Conference on June 18 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

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Facebook searching for the next hit in Israel

Five of the developers of Facebook's ten largest social games in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) come from Israel. Herzliya-based Plarium Ltd. is one of the ten fastest growing games companies on Facebook worldwide. These achievements today brought Facebook to Israel for the second time in six months to find the next game hit.

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The hatred that never stops

“Hacktivists Starting Cyber Attack against Israel on 7th of April,” Anonymous wrote on Twitter, calling on hackers around the world to join up for a second ‘OpIsrael.’ The Hacktivist group Anonymous, along with numerous other hackers, is planning a massive cyber-attack on Israel, threatening to “erase” the country from Internet.

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Starting anew in Israel

"It would be easier to stay in New York, Brooke explained, but "I feel like I'm a better person in Israel."- impressions from the Nefesh b'Nefesh Aliya Orientation at Times Square. How do Shira, Esther, Brooke, Leah and the Glicks feel about their decision to move to the Holy Land?

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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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