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June 3, 2013

This week from Israel

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Airlines of Jordan and Turkey withdrew sponsorship from Israeli travel conference

Last week, an International Tourism Summit was held in Jerusalem. The conference, where innovative technologies in world tourism and travel were presented, had several sponsors, including Royal Jordanian and Turkish Airlines. However, the sponsorship of the national airlines of Jordan and Turkey caused quite an outrage in both places, and the two airlines gave in to the pressure and withdrew their sponsorship.

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The Netherlands wants Israeli start-up, ignoring BDS

The Brabant area in the south of the Netherlands offers Israeli startups some nice incentives for settling there. It is a part of an attempt to attract business to the region, with an emphasis on the Startup Nation.

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Israel's "Pride Month" is here!

Israel's Pride Month events kicked off last Friday in Tel Aviv, with a celebration that made this city one of the most popular cities in the world among tourists from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. This month will be a one big celebration of pride, and it will be launched with the official opening of Tel Aviv's Hilton Beach, the first "proud" beach in Israel. 20,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Israel, mostly from Germany, the United States, France, Spain, The Netherlands and England.

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Waze developers  insist on remaining local

After the Israeli app, Waze, and Facebook negotiated a purchase deal, the talks between the two companies had broken down, apparently over the insistence by Facebook that Waze relocate its operations abroad, and Waze’s insistence that it remain in Israel.

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Robert De Niro to visit Israel this month

Robert De Niro will arrive in Israel later this month to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference and take part in President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebrations. He visited Israel several times in the past, and even dated Israeli singer, Gali Atari. He is expected to spend 24 hours here, and attend Peres' birthday celebrations, alongside singer Barbra Streisand, (who will also perform here a few days later,) former US President Bill Clinton, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Albert of Monaco and more.

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Desmond Tutu against Israel hosting a major sports event

Desmond Tutu has joined calls for UEFA to move the Under-21 European championship from Israel because of the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinian sport. This, alongside other calls, has put a lot of pressure on UEFA, but so far, it seems like Israel will still have the honor to host the championship.

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Jerusalem – the new star of Hollywood!

Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, traveled to L.A to meet with people of the entertainment industry and promote our capital as a location for films and television series.  In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he mentioned several projects that were recently shot in Israel, including the country's Oscar-nominated feature Footnotes and scenes from Showtime's Homeland, which is based on an Israeli series. He also said that filming in Jerusalem is not only good business, but also good Zionism.

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Anti- anti- Semitism squad

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the issuance of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combatting Anti-Semitism (ICCA) Internet Hate Task Force Report and Recommendations for responding to cyber-hate. Now, they are ready to fight online anti-Semitism worldwide.

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Israel Day concert in NYC

25,000 people are expected to attend the upcoming 20th Annual Israel Day Concert on June 2nd. The concert, taking place at Central Park has three main themes:  First:  Israel and Jerusalem: Ours, united, forever, never to be divided again. Second: no further concessions of any part of the Land of Israel. Third:  Stopping Iran NOW!

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