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TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

Turning into a political battlefield? Waze.

The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in rainbow flags, crammed into the vibrant park-space in central Tel Aviv to listen to local musical performances, visit stalls of organizers and activists, hear an introduction from Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai, and show off the best of LGBTQ culture.

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The Jewish Agency coming out of the closet

And this year’s Tel-Aviv Pride Parade also enjoyed the presence of the Jewish Agency, for the very first time. The agency, which in March launched its LGBT group “Coming Out, Coming Home,” will join dozens of other gay-friendly organizations at the annual Gay Pride Happening in Gan Meir park before marching with their own branded banner in the day’s parade.

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Not visiting the US as much

The annual report of the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries at the American Department of Commerce, which was published last weekend, shows that Israel has fallen from the 19th place on the list of the top inbound overseas markets – to the 23rd place. This is in spite of low exchange rate of the US dollar against the Israeli shekel, and a wider variety of direct flights and connecting flights.

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Waze’s political battleground

Waze drivers with access to the platform’s editable road maps have, over the past weeks, changed the name of the fence running between Israel proper and the West Bank, with the name seesawing between “Security Fence” and “Separation Wall.” This makes the commuter app the latest battleground in an ongoing “political mapping” struggle between supporters of Israel and those opposed to its policies

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Israel goes GAGA

Justin Timberlake and The Rolling Stones left the Israeli crowd craving for more. American pop singer and songwriter Lady Gaga will perform at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park on September 13. This will be her second concert in Israel. Ticket prices will range from NIS 370 (about $107) for the grass area through NIS 1,250 ($361) for VIP tickets to NIS 1,450 ($420) for the golden ring.

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Hollywood is investing in the Startup Nation

Hollywood celebrities are looking to get in on the Startup Nation action. From Jay-Z to Ellen Degeneres and Leonardo Dicaprio, Hollywood’s biggest stars are betting their money on Israel. Find out who are the top 10 celebes who know that Israel is the hottest place for innovation.

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Refaeli is back on the market

Hey, bachelors! Bar Refaeli is back on the market. The Israeli supermodel and her relatively new boyfriend, businessman Adi Ezra, have split up. The reason? Rumor has is that Mick Jagger is involved… According to some of the guests, during a party held after The Rolling Stones performance in Tel-Aviv, Refaeli and Ezra got into a fight after the supermodel apparently danced too close to the Stones' frontman.

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Israel like you’ve never seen it before

Check out this video of Israel’s breathtaking scenery!

 

Israeli light up the desert

Last week, the Negev, Israel’s southern desert, lit up for Midburn, Israel’s first Burning Man festival, modeled after the popular carnival held annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Midburn is a mix of "midbar," Hebrew for desert, and the English word "burn."  Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning giant wooden sculptures by night.

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Israel to participate in EU Horizon 2020 research program

After threatening to boycott Israel, the European Union finally came to its senses. Science Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri and EU Delegation to Israel Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen signed an agreement on Sunday in Jerusalem, officially associating Israel with the European Commission’s €77 billion Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The agreement, once ratified by Israel, will allow eligible Israeli researchers to actively participate in all of the new program’s activities, alongside EU and international partners.

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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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