Jewish Journal


April 8, 2013

This week from Israel



Stephen Hawking to visit Israel

The praised British astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking (71), will arrive in Israel this coming June to take part in the 5th Israeli Presidential Conference 'Facing Tomorrow.' The last time the author of A Briefer History of Time visited Israel was in 2006, when he was invited by the British embassy to tour Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as to meet with local scientists and academics.

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The cost of art

Israeli director Yariv Horowitz visited Marseilles, promoting his latest award- winning feature "Rock the Casbah." After attending the film's screening at a film festival in Aubagne, the director was attacked and beaten unconscious on the street, by Arab youths.

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Ice Festival, surviving the heat

Since February 20th, the city of Jerusalem is hosting the Ice City Festival, as a part of an ongoing cultural exchange between Israel and China. The festival exhibits ice sculptures of sea creatures, dragons and dinosaurs. While this year's winter was one of the coldest ever seen in Israel, the past few weeks weren't very chilly, but surprisingly, the sculptures managed to survive the 25°C (77°F) heat outside.

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For the first time- Formula One in Israel

For the first time in history, Formula One cars will travel through the streets of Jerusalem as part of a showcase event scheduled to take place in June. The event, "Formula Jerusalem – a Peace Journey," will also include Ferrari Challenge cars, drifting cars and Grand Prix motorcycles and a show by German stunt champion Chris Pfeiffer. Different sports cars and racing cars will be showcased at Jerusalem's Old Train Station compound starting June 9.

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The app that can save lives

Israeli innovation in all fields of the high-tech industry is not new. Israeli inventions and start-up businesses have changed many lives worldwide, and left a mark in the fields of medicine, computers, the environment and more. A new application for smartphones, named "i-Apps," is aimed to help Israelis deal with unsafe times, by finding each user the "Merkhav Mugan" (residential secure space) nearest to him or her.

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The powerful connection between Israel and…

It is no secret that Israel and the United States have a very strong relationship that goes far beyond any regular partnership. Both countries maintain a strong relationship when it comes to technological projects, when Israeli and American companies collaborate on dozens of projects each year. But which state comes in first place in collaborations with Israeli companies?

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Swastikas in California

Less than a week prior to the national Holocaust remembrance day, Swastikas and the word "skinhead" were painted on the baseball field of Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, California.Over the weekend, a usually locked gate that is used by other campuses had been left open. In the morning, faculty members discovered the chilling graffiti.

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A 98 year old murderer

A Slovak court will seek the extradition of Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old alleged Nazi-era war criminal, from Hungary for retrial in Slovakia, on charges of crimes against humanity. Csatary is charged for sending 16,000 Jews to their deaths.

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Israeli-Arabs win over the small screen

A winner of The Voice, a finalist on Master Chef, a performer in Living in LA LA land, actors in drama series, a new anchor and more…Is Israeli television taking a leap into the future?

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Attempt to erase Israel – FAILED!

The massive cyber attack by Anonymous, aimed to “erase" Israel  from the Internet failed to cause any serious danger. On Sunday, April 7th, the night of the national Holocaust remembrance day, the attack took place, however, the Israelis came prepared as always and fought back. No one will erase us!

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