Jewish Journal


May 27, 2013

This week from Israel



King David's at the top!

The lifestyle magazine Robb Report, has selected the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and Hotel Montefiore in Tel Aviv as two of the world's top 100 hotels in the African and Middle East categories.  The King David hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in Israel, and has hosted a respected list of world leaders and other famous figures, including former US Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Jordan's late King Hussein, Britain's Prince Charles, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prince Felipe of Spain, as well as Irish musician Bono, British supermodel Naomi Campbell, American television personality Martha Stewart, British actor Roger Moore and many others.

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US imams visited Auschwitz

The US envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC,) the US diplomatic envoy to combat anti-Semitism and a delegation of imams visited Poland this week, where they met with Jewish communities, the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and other Holocaust historical sites.

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First ever Israeli exhibition at the Louvre

The Lod mosaic, which was uncovered in an archeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority, is the first official Israeli exhibition to be displayed at the Louvre museum in France. The mosaic has been shown so far at five museums in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It will be on display in the Cour du Sphinx (Sphinx Courtyard) in the Roman wing of the museum until August 19th.

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Suntech to develop solar projects in Israel and revive Israel's solar industry

Suntech announced that it would develop two large photovoltaic projects for the Israeli construction company Shikun Binui. This assumed to be 20 million dollar deal, would be one of biggest single deals in recent years in the Israeli solar industry. The solar panels will be supplied by Enerpoint Israel, a large distributor of Suntech products in Israel. The projects will generate up to 19.91 gigawatt/hours of electricity per year, replacing about 13,000 tons of coal.

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Israeli director spins heads at Cannes Film Festival

Israeli director Ari Folman, has directed Robin Wright and Jon Hamm in a head-spinning part animated part live action film, The Congress. In the movie, Wright agrees to become a "scanned actor," a digital avatar owned by her studio. The digital Wright can be endlessly, agelessly used in new movies – the studio makes her "Agent Robin" in a sci-fi action series – while the flesh-and-blood person grows old in obscurity. Folman is the man behind the 2008 film,  "Waltz With Bashir," an Academy Award-nominated animated film about his experiences as a young Israeli soldier in Lebanon in the 1980s.

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UK and Israel to continue scientific cooperation

Recently, there has been a growing call from citizens of Britain to boycott Israel. More and more people are joining BDS groups, and put the British government under a lot of pressure. But In spite of these attempts to destroy Israel, Britain and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their scientific cooperation.  It was signed in Jerusalem on Thursday by Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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An Israeli program to improve lives of children of AIDS patients

A program developed by the Israeli prize-winning Prof. Pnina Klein, Director of Bar-Ilan University's Edward I. and Fannie Baker Center for the Study of Development Disorders in Infants and Young Children, can give children of AIDS patients, and infants or toddlers with AIDS, a better shot at prosperity by improving their early-childhood development.

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Anonymous just won't face a defeat

The massive cyber-attack by Anonymous, aimed to "erase" Israel from the internet, failed to cause any serious danger. The April operation, named #OpIsrael, was blocked by Israeli hackers, who managed to make this whole thing practically harmless. A month later, a similar attack, this time aimed for the US, also failed, due to cooperation between Israeli and American hackers. On Saturday, a second round of hack attacks against Israeli sites, “OpIsrael Reloaded,” started. Once again, they failed. Why won't they just give up?

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