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This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

July 15, 2013 | 5:33 am

One place, endless possibilities

Have you checked the new Israel Tourism Ministry's mini-website? Under the slogan "One place, endless possibilities," the Tourism Ministry is marketing Israel as an international conference hub. The new mini-website describes Israel as a unique destination for international and for companies worldwide to offer incentives to their employees and agents with a wide variety of possibilities.

Read more here and here.

 

BioMed- bigger and healthier than ever

Israeli life sciences and biomedical community have hosted its annual International Biotechnology Conference, for the 12th time. This year, event organizers gave a wider stage to overseas companies looking to attract Israeli players, showing the two-way nature of Israel’s blooming biotech business. About 1,000 of the 6,000 participants at the three-day event were from foreign countries, predominantly the United States, Germany, Italy and Taiwan.

Read more here.

 

Hyde Park in Jerusalem

Ever heard of the British Hyde Park? It is a place located in London where every Sunday, strong-minded people, both anonymous and famous get to stand up on a stage and deliver ardent speeches to passersby. Combine that with the love we, Israelis, have for a good argument, and you got yourself an all-Israeli Hyde Park, or more accurately, Sacher Park, located in Jerusalem.

Read more here.

 

Presidential Facebook campaign wins PR prize

The campaign which launched President Shimon Peres' Facebook page was named the 2012 Campaign of the Year on Monday, as part of the Roaring Lion competition organized by the Israel Public Relations Association (IPRA). The campaign, which took place in March 2012 and was accompanied by a YouTube clip titled 'Be My Friend for Peace,' won the first place both in the Digital Campaign and Campaign of the Year categories.

Read more here.
 


 

Enough with the hatred!

When will people learn that hate is never the answer? A bus-load of far-right supporters of German club Energie Cottbus prompted Austrian officials to cancel a friendly match against Maccabi Tel Aviv scheduled for Tirol on Saturday.

Read more here.

 

When Blatter met Bibi

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with FIFA President, Joseph Blatter. In response to comments the latter made during his prior visit to Israel, Netanyahu showed him concrete evidence of the Palestinian terror organizations' use of football fields as bases for launching rockets. He also asked that FIFA give it fair play and not allow itself and the sport to be used for the dissemination of mendacious propaganda against Israel.

Read more here.
 

Tannin' and readin'

The Tel Aviv Municipality introduces a new type of library on Tuesday at the Metzitzim Beach, near the city’s port, allowing tourists and beachgoers to check out books for free during their leisure time there this summer. The "beach library," which consists of a two-wheeled cart stationed on the promenade, contains 523 books in five languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian and French.

Read more here.
 

The Israeli apps for college students

College student? If your reply was "yes," then you must download one of these Israeli Smartphone apps. Coffee? Social networking? Parking? You got them all right here!

Read more here.

 

Welcoming the biometric system

Nearly four years after the Knesset passed a law authorizing it, a public “beta test” of Israel’ biometric database system was launched on Monday. Some people are for the new system, some are protesting against, and in the past week, it has become one of the most talked about controversial topics here.

Read more here.

 

Putting the (200,000) pieces together

Probably the hardest puzzle, ever. Images of about 200,000 fragments of ancient Jewish documents, held in 67 separate locations across the world, are being matched up digitally by a powerful computer network in the basement of Tel Aviv University.

Read more here.

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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.

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