Jewish Journal


May 13, 2013

This week from Israel



Shurat Hadin vs. Hawking

Stephen Hawking's announcement of cancelling his visit here and joining the boycott of Israel did not pass by quietly. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, responded publicly to this ridiculous decision, saying:  "Hawking's decision to join the boycott of Israel is quite hypocritical for an individual who prides himself on his own intellectual accomplishment. His whole computer-based communication system runs on a chip designed by Israel's Intel team. I suggest that if he truly wants to pull out of Israel he should also pull out his Intel Core i7 from his tablet" 

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Americans prefer Tel-Aviv

A recent survey asked 13,000 Americans to rank their favorite brands. It was conducted by the international company, BAV Consulting, which every quarter presents the world's most comprehensive brand index ranking companies, cities and countries according to different parameters. In somewhat a surprising finding, Tel Aviv was found more attractive than 90% of the most popular brands in the United States.

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A church in Britain insulted the Jewish community, causing the Ambassador's interference

The Church of Scotland published a document that questions the biblical right of Jews to the land of Israel. This document included some hurtful remarks, which insulted the Jewish community there. Only after Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, condemned the document, did the Church agree to reword it. 

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Author Dvora Omer died at 80

Author and Israel Prize laureate Dvora Omer was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the l Israeli moshav of Kfar Ma'as, where she had lived until her death at the age of 80 last Thursday. Omer was one of the most influential figures in Israel, writing many books which became milestones in the Israeli culture, and were read by generations of children, teenagers and adults.

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Facebook is interested in purchasing Waze

After being wooed by Apple, the Israeli Smartphone app. Waze, is negotiating with Facebook a purchase that might make its creators 1 billion dollar richer. Waze is a GPS system/Social network. Its users contribute map data, and report traffic incidents, delays, police ambushes, etc., which can help other users find alternative routes or directions and get to their destination as soon as possible

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Israeli Hackers help defending the US from a cyber attack

Hacktivist group Anonymous, along with numerous other hackers, planned a massive cyber-attack on American websites, as a follow up to their #OpIsrael attacks from last months. According to Anonymous, #OpUSA was about “payback for American crimes. America you have committed multiple war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and recently you have committed war crimes in your own country. You have killed hundreds of innocent children and families with drones, guns, and now bombs. America you have hit thousands of people where it hurts them, now it is our time for our Lulz. For this you shall pay.” However, just like the last time, Anonymous' operation was a flop, as Israel hackers joined the US cyber defenders.

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American TV stars visited Israel and fell in love

Actors of hit American TV shows such as Scandal and  Once Upon a Time spent a week touring Israel in a trip which was led by America's Voices in Israel (AVI) Director Irwin Katsof and sponsored by El Al Israel Airlines and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When the trip was over, the Hollywood stars made sure everybody knows of the wonderful place that is Israel.

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A new production of Wagner's opera was cancelled due to graphic Nazi scenes

A German opera house has cancelled a modern production of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser," after the opening-night audience complained about images of Jews being executed and dying in the gas chambers. Some scenes showed Jews being raped, having their heads shaved and being shot to death.

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And the "Israeli Nobel Prize" goes to…

The Wolf Prize, also known as "the Israeli Nobel Prize" was awarded to eight recipients by President Shimon Peres Sunday night. Among the winners of the international award granted in Israel, were author Jared Diamond, a champion of geographical determinism, and MIT professor Robert Langer, a pioneer in creating polymers for time-release drugs.

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