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Timberlake rocks TLV, racism in basketball, future of security and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

June 2, 2014 | 12:12 pm

Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, moments after Justin Timberlake took the stage/ Adi Ribak

Who talked The Rolling Stones into performing in Israel?

Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, revealed that Bob Dylan put the idea in the Stones' circle to include Israel in their tour. In an interview with Channel 2 in response to written questions ahead of the Stones' Israel debut on June 4, Wood said that one time after seeing Dylan perform, the singer made the suggestion.

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A mini mobile printer – from dream to reality

A mini mobile printer invented by the Israeli company ZUtA, is about to make our lives much easier. The 10-by-11.5-centimeter (3.9-by-4.3-inch) PocketPrinter wowed critics for its ability to connect to smartphones and PCs, and print on paper of any size. After reaching its fundraising goal in a Kickstarter campaign, ZUtA Labs intend to have a full line on the market by January next year.

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Welcome, Justin!

In case you haven't heard the screams of 40,000 people in Tel-Aviv on Wednesday, you should probably know that Justin Timberlake performed here. After visiting the Western Wall in the morning, he took the stage at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park and shouted, in Hebrew, "Yalla balagan," "I love you all" and "Shalom Tel Aviv." This sure was an unforgettable night.

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Number of suicides in the country  drops

The number of suicides in the country has dropped to its lowest point in the past decade, with 409 such tragedies in 2011 compared to 480 during the previous year. Health Minister Yael German, who is putting effort in reducing the number of suicide cases, said that the data shows suicide is not inevitable.

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Giving hope to the children

"Notnim Tikva" (Giving Hope) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children at Tel Hashomer Hospital, just outside Tel Aviv. On June 8, Israeli artists such as musicians Idan Amedi and Eric Berman, will gather at Harley Davidson’s flagship showroom in New York City for a gala dedicated to the Israeli organization.

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The future of security

The Israel Security and Defense Week Show, the only professional expo in the defense field in Israel, is where exhibitors, potential customers, and professionals in the military, police and defense forces go for the latest in Israeli-developed security technology. Now in its 28th year, the show this week drew hundreds of top-level security officials from Israel and around the world to see new innovations, equipment, and products used by law enforcement and security forces to keep people safe.

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Mexico -3, Israel – 0

Mexico got two goals from Miguel Layun to beat Israel 3-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly match last week, but got a scare when starting goalkeeper Jesus Corona was injured in a collision with a teammate. He was the team's starter through most of Mexico's World Cup qualifying campaign and the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

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Racism in basketball reaches Israel

A month after Donald Starling's infamous slur, an Israeli basketball official caused a storm after using a racist word to describe five players on the roster of European powerhouse, Maccabi Tel-Aviv.  Oded Tira, the chairman of the newly established National Council for Sport, called the players “kushim” (a taboo Hebrew slur for a dark-skinned person) while congratulating Maccabi chairman Shimon Mizrahi for his team’s victory over Spain’s Real Madrid in the Final Four of Euroleague basketball championship.

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FIFA Chairman responds to demand to take actions against Israel

Palestinian leaders claimed that Israeli security forces, who control movement between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, frequently prevent athletes from traveling freely between the two separated territories. Therefore, they urged FIFA to take actions against Israel. This week, FIFA’s President Sepp Blatter said yesterday that he does not see a reason to take action against Israel in next month’s FIFA Congress

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Bruni and Sarkozy visit again

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Brunilanded in Israel on Saturday ahead of Bruni's concert at Tel Aviv's Habima Theater last week. As soon as the couple landed on his private plane, he announced: "I love being in Israel and I'm very happy to be here, this time as a guest at the show. It's a different experience."

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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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