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This week from Israel

By Noga Gur-Arieh

August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in... read on

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 2, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Halahaka ("The Troupe") is a 1978 musical film by Avi Nesher, starring Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Gali Atari, Dafna Armoni and more. This must see Israeli film tells the story of an IDF singing group in the late 60's. It was the time when soldiers/singers were the... read on

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod... read on

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked... read on

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  • When Roger Waters crossed the line

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 26, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Roger Waters is a passionate anti-Israeli advocate. The former Pink Floyd frontman constantly criticize the Israeli government, and is one of the main voices of the BDS movement, calling musicians to boycott Israel. Last Saturday, however, Waters crossed the thin line between... read on

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being... read on

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2013 | 5:02 am

    Maccabiah 2013- here we go!

    On Thursday, the 19th Maccabiah games (or: the Jewish Olympics) began with a spectacular opening ceremony, held in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Around 32,000 packed the stands, as thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries marched around the stadium... read on

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 19, 2013 | 5:22 am

    Ha'Dorbanim is an Israeli band, formed in 1999, and changed the face of Israeli music. The band created a fun Israeli disco-funk-rock style, and was known as the band who "brought disco back." The band broke up in 2009, right after the release of their third studio album.

    In... read on

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