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This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

Camp Kimama is taking off!

More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use their US summer camp experience right here, in Israel!  First sessions started this week- take a look!

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Celebrating 4th of July

Yes, we know it is your independence day and not ours, but since the US is our best ally and we love Americans, we also threw 4th of July celebrations, whether it was in a fancy dinner, with the US ambassador, or in a once in a lifetime concert . Happy Birthday, United States of America.

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Breaking records in the lap of luxury

A new, and quite out of the ordinary Israel record was broken last week: The most expensive painting sold in Israel exchanged hands Tuesday for 31.4 million NIS (about 8.5 million Dollars). The painting, Amedeo Modigliani's "Portrait de Anne Bjarne" from 1919, was sold by Israeli-American billionaire Meshulam Riklis, to a Jewish French businessman.

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Alicia Keys, live from Tel-Aviv!

Alicia Keys, one of the world's greatest contemporary artists, was heavily pressured by BDS movements to cancel her performance in Israel. After nerve-wracking weeks of uncertainty, she landed here, and gave an amazing performance on July 4th, stating to the world that music is an international language that is supposed to bring people together, and put a smile of our faces as anti-Israelis returned to the dark corner they came from.

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Google Israel supporting PA startups

According to Google Israel CEO Meir Brand, the Israeli office of the internet giant has been receiving appeals from Palestinian startup companies, and is happy to assist them: "We would gladly help develop startups in the Palestinian Authority. Google doesn't care about borders."

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NBA welcomes a second Israeli player

Maccabi Haifa point guard Gal Mekel, who recently lead his team to national championship, is to sign a three year contract with the Dallas Mavericks . Mekel will become the second Israeli player in the NBA, after Omri Caspi, the first Israeli to play there, has recently decided not extend his $3.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Israel's "Silicon Wadi"

Israel is ranked 26th of 144 countries by the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report. It’s also third in innovation, fifth in investor protection and 17th in financial market development. But these numbers are more than just ranks. By becoming a "startup nation," Israel managed to change the world in many ways, from easing on traffic in the afternoon with Waze, to helping paraplegics to stand and walk with ReWalk.

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Changing the world of Smartphones?

Every time a new technology enters our lives, we stare at it, amazed, stating that it cannot get more advanced than this. Turns out it can, at least according to the Israeli company, Altair Semiconductor, whose co-founder, Eran Eshed, is planning for LTE (long-term evolution) dominance in a world of devices that will "dwarf the phone business."

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Top 12 made in Israeli photo and video apps

Israel 21c.org ranked the top 12 made in Israel photo and video apps. Have you joined the millions who are already enjoying them?

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StandWithUs countering anti-Israeli campaigns in San Francisco

StandWithUs (SWU) launched a new campaign in San Francisco, countering an antiIsrael ad campaign that mischaracterizes Israel. The SWU campaign includes four messages that are on twelve San Francisco Muni buses beginning June 27 through July 27. The ads highlight Israel's diversity, religious freedoms and the benefits of the continuing Israel-U.S. relationship. 

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An earthquake- proof table?

This is truly amazing- two Israelis invented the earthquake-proof table - an invention that aims to provide affordable protection to people in earthquake-prone areas of the world.

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