Jewish Journal

This week from Israel

by Noga Gur-Arieh

September 16, 2013 | 3:43 am

10 things you must know before visiting Israel?

CNN published an article on their website of 10 things a tourist must know before visiting Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. They wrote about the special scenery, the uniqueness of Tel-Aviv and the magic of Jerusalem. While trying to stay balanced and not get into political matters of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they sometimes tripped by using certain words charged with political opinion. What do you think? Is this article the closest to a balanced piece of journalism about Israel?

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The teacher who made Israel disappear

In an Arabic class at San Diego State University, the professor handed out a map of the Middle East, with places like Jordan and Lebanon. Israel was "conveniently" left off, and instead, the map reads "Palestine."  As a response, Jewish communities and students were outraged and demanded an apology. However, some of them were unsure how to protest because they feared speaking out publicly could have a negative impact on their grades. Is this the face of the Academia?

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Golden treasure found in Jerusalem

During archeological excavations held at the foot of Temple Mount, two bundles of treasure were discovered, containing 36 gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the Menorah symbol, a  medallion of  a shofar (ram’s horn) and a Torah scroll etched into it.

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Will Israel soon be flooded with Chinese tourists?

According to Israeli Transportation Minister, Yisrael Katz, a new aviation agreement recently signed between China and Israel will make each country able to operate up to 14 weekly flights on the Israel-China route and another seven cargo flights, compared to three weekly flights currently operated by El Al. This means that millions of tourists from China might stop by for a visit.

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A night all about science

For the second year in a row, the annual Researchers' Night took place in Israel. On the night before Yom Kippur, hundreds of events took place at over a dozen universities and colleges, celebrating all things scientific.

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Jewish art in Jerusalem

The first ever Jerusalem Biennial for Contemporary Jewish Art will open on September 16th, just before Sukkot. This special event will provide a stage for the creative forces that are active today and relate, in one way or another, to the Jewish world of content. From this year on, once every two years, all those interested in art, Judaism or both, will gather from around the world to enjoy a wide range of unique and revelatory art.

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Israeli team on its way to World Group

After advancing to Davis Cup's World Group last year, Israel's national tennis team is optimistic about returning there. Israel will be playing in the World Group playoffs for a fourth straight year, hoping to claim a second straight road win after last year’s victory over Japan following two playoff defeats at home against Austria and Canada

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Israelis win US triathlon

A team of Israeli diplomats led by a security guard at the Israeli Embassy in Washington won the first place in a local triathlon, beating thousands of competitors.

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Cancer-Phone correlation found?

We've all heard that talking on our cellphones for too long or being near those devices most hours of the day might be a cause of cancer.  Researchers from Tel Aviv University might have finally found a scientific proof for that claim. The study does not present a direct connection between cancer development and cellphone use. Rather, it creates the potential for new research, and establishes a connection between long-term use and the effects that lead to molecular changes.

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Tel Aviv – now a home to non-Jewish expats

Israel is well known for being the Land of the Jews, but also for being a Startup Nation. Turns out, this small dot on the world map called "Tel Aviv “ is now a desirable destination for computer geeks from all over the world, including non-Jewish expats who wish to evolve at the beating heart of the Startup Nation.

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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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