Jewish Journal


October 7, 2013

This week from Israel



Back to Turkey

Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a few unpleasant statements made by Turkish Prime Minister, Erdoğan, which lead to a cool-down in the Israeli-Turkish relationship . Now, it appears that all is back to normal: figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute point to a 157% increase in the number of Israelis who spent their summer vacation in the "club land" in August.

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Israeli dancer to represent Germany in TLV festival

Israeli dancer Nir de Volff, who has been living in Berlin for the past 10 years, was chosen to represent Germany at the "Berlin Dayz" cultural festival in Tel-Aviv. de Volff’s show, “Diary of a Lost Decade,” will open the festival.

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New therapy in brain cancer may make a difference

Each year, approximately 22,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, Glioblastoma, and only about 10 percent of them live five years or longer after diagnosis. A recent Israeli discovery of a cancer-driving protein could lead to a new weapon in fighting this deadly disease. 

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Israelis and Palestinians united by the small screen

When the word being used to describe Israeli-Palestinian relationship is “conflict,” it is always refreshing to hear about events bringing both sides together. The airing of a television movie, for example. “Under the Same Sun,” a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was broadcast simultaneously on Wednesday on Israel’s Channel 2 and the Palestinian Ma'an television stations. The film, which was produced by an Israeli and directed by a Palestinian, was shot in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem and stars actors from both Israel and the Palestinian territory.

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Natalie Portman is back home

Jerusalem-born Oscar winner Natalie Portman is currently staying in Israel, working on her directorial debut. Portman will direct and star in a film adaptation of an autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz. The film, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," will be filmed in Jerusalem.

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Gadot is back on Fast and Furious

Israeli actress and model, Gal Gadot, signed a contract with the Fast and Furious production to appear in the seventh film in the series. Gadot has been a part of the action films series’ cast since the fourth film, which was released in 2009. She is playing Gisele Harabo, one of the leading roles.

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A simpler way to learn Hebrew

A new Israeli startup provides Hebrew learners worldwide a simpler, friendlier way to learn Hebrew. Lingua.ly is a website which teaches Hebrew, alongside other languages, by using quizzes, voice-overs, practice exercises, games, and constant reinforcement.

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Nursing video became more popular than expected

They call us “the Zionist devil,” and spent many years trying to kill as many Israelis as possible, but turns out we can also do good for the Arab countries surrounding us.  Breastfeeding training videos in Arabic by Clalit Health Services, an Israeli health maintenance organization, are gaining  tremendous popularity in Arab countries.

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China-Israel relationship tightens

Li Ka Shing, the richest man in Asia, donated 130$ to the Technion- Israel technological institution, to build a research center in China. The new center, to be called the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology (TGIT), will be located on its own 330,000 square meter campus to be built by the local government, while the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF) will fund projects and programs at the new center.

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Where does the international humanitarian aid to PA go?

This week I encountered this very disturbing video that shows that the Palestinian Authority, which receives more humanitarian aid per-capita more than any other place in the world, uses the money for all the wrong purposes.

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